Gingrich: GOP faces 'bleak future' without a major political overhaul

Democrats could emerge as a near-permanent majority in poltics if the GOP doesn't undertake a major overhaul, former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said in a Friday letter to Republican National Committee members.

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"Election night results have forced me to rethink everything I understood about how America makes political decisions," Gingrich wrote. "Unless Republicans profoundly and deeply rethink their assumptions and study what the Democrats have been doing the future could become very bleak and the Clinton-Obama majority could become as dominant as the Roosevelt majority was from 1932 to 1968 presidentially and from 1930 to 1994 in the House of Representatives."

The former Speaker and presidential aspirant warned that the GOP needed to undergo a major soul searching, and said he'll spend the next months working with the RNC to find ways to both tactically and strategically overhaul the party.

"There is a combination of demographic trends, cultural changes, technological breakthroughs and intelligent, disciplined application of resources which could turn America into a national version of Chicago or California," he warned.

In order to do prevent that, Gingrich outlines 25 issues the party needs to address, including sustained attempts to include various minority communities, a push to compete in urban America and a refusal to write off the parts of the country that lean Democratic.

He also said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney wasn't the problem — but warned that Romney's infamous "47 percent" comments reflected a problematic viewpoint held by many in the party.

"The 47 percent comment by Governor Romney reflected a deep belief by many conservatives and Republican consultants, campaign professionals, staffs, and activists. The entire psychology of writing off vast parts of a country or state and focusing narrowly may make some sense for a specific campaign, but it is a formula for permanent minority status when adopted by a party," he wrote in the lengthy missive. 

"The GOP should end red-versus-blue and narrowly focused targeting models. What would a 100 percent Republican Party be like if we planned 2014 and 2016 with no reference to red or blue states or counties? It is true that President Obama ran a deliberate class warfare divisive campaign. However, if you analyze his winning coalition it is amazing how many components were bonded by micro-communities and a sense of inclusiveness that transcended a narrowly class warfare approach. We have to understand this pattern of defining differences while being openly inclusive."