The Republican Party wisely recognizes the need to broaden its appeal, but it keeps being undermined by yahoos who say something stupid or offensive. Last week Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, used a derogatory term for Latinos and then was slow to apologize. Also last week, Republican National Committeeman Dave Agema from Michigan promoted an article on Facebook labeling the homosexual lifestyle as “filthy,” then declined to take down the post. Though top Republicans – including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio – strongly condemned these comments, the damage was done.
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