Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh on Monday dismissed a recently released Republican National Committee report that encouraged the party to modernize. Limbaugh argued instead that the party is not conservative enough.
The RNC report outlined specific ways the party can rebrand itself to attract new members and more votes in light of its 2012 election losses. However, Limbaugh insisted that the RNC didn't understand the reasons why the party lost in 2012 and claimed that the GOP's losses weren't actually that bad.
"They think they got landslided, but they didn't," Limbaugh told his listeners.
The RNC report, dubbed the Growth and Opportunity Project, cited a survey in which voters from across the country "said that the Party is 'scary,' 'narrow minded,' and 'out of touch' and that we were a Party of 'stuffy old men.' This is consistent with the findings of other post-election surveys."
In response to the report, the RNC announced that is launching a $10 million campaign to reach out to minority voters.
Limbaugh, on the other hand, disagreed with the notion that the party needs to expand its outreach.
"The Republican party lost because it's not conservative, it didn't get its base out," he said, adding, "People say they need to moderate their tone -- they don't."
Limbaugh did say that the GOP soul-searching mission was not out of the ordinary.
"The Republicans are just getting totally bamboozled right now. And they are entirely lacking in confidence. Which is what happens to every political party after an election in which they think they got shellacked," said Limbaugh.
Limbaugh made a similar argument shortly following the election, suggesting in November that Republicans "didn't lose because of demographics; 3 million of their voters stayed home."