Just a reminder, in the wake of November, establishment Republicans were blaming the GOP's 2012 loss on Republicans saying "stupid" and "offensive" things. They put out the word: watch what you say.
And yet, just this week, you have a GOP Senator using a racial slur in an interview and a rising conservative star likens homosexuality to criminal behaviors.
It's plainly obvious that the problem clearly isn't just what Republicans "say" -- it's that they actually hold a lot of rather noxious views, which inevitably belch to the surface from time to time, and do further damage to the GOP brand.
And there's nothing the powers that be in Washington can do about it.