After Mitt Romney blamed his election loss on poor messaging and a failure to connect with minority voters, Katrina vanden Heuvel appeared on MSNBC’s The Ed Show to note that it was “Mr. 47 Percent’s” bad policies that failed to resonate.

“If you talk about ‘self-deportation’ as the answer to our immigration policy, I don’t think you’re going to connect well with Latinos in this country,” she said.

Vanden Heuvel added that in the wake of the presidential loss, the GOP should instead be revising the content of its policies so the country can have the “real Republican party” it needs.

—Alec Luhn

The newly proposed financial transactions tax is a good idea whose time has come, Katrina vanden Heuvel writes.