Apparently, there is no talking to these people:
National Republican officials say they’ve done everything imaginable the past few years to convince the House rank-and-file that fiscal battles are eroding the party’s popularity and hurting its prospects in general elections. Trying again, they say, won’t do any good.
They don’t listen to their consultants; they don’t follow their leaders. The RNC came up with a game plan. No one cared.