Republicans: GOP Needs To Get With The Times

The Grand Old Party needs to get with the times.

That's according to some Republicans who discussed the party's challenges after the GOP's electoral shellacking.

Some of the early prescriptions: retool the party message to appeal to Latinos, women and working-class people; upgrade antiquated get-out-the-vote systems with the latest technology; and teach candidates how to handle the new media landscape.

Almost everyone questioned about the Nov. 6 election seems to agree that a wholesale update is necessary for a party that appears to be running years behind Democrats in adapting to rapidly changing campaigns and an evolving electorate.

Interviews with more than a dozen Republicans at all levels of the party indicated that postelection soul-searching must quickly transition into a period of action.