Does The GOP Not Understand Angry White Men Can Not Make For Election Night Victories?
I have to wonder if the Republican Party has the ability to come to grips with the changing demographics in the nation. A smaller, meaner, and more angry white male party can not win national elections. Or most U.S. Senate elections. That was made most clear last night.
Not for the fist time does this blog call out for a reasonable tone and a mature attitude from the GOP when it comes to immigration issues, and those matters that concerns Latino and Hispanic voters.
Lets be honest about the political reality for the Republicans, who continually act without regard for the Hispanic vote.
The size of the country’s fastest-growing group has increased 43% since 2000,
and more than doubled since 1990, to 50.5 million last year, when Hispanics
accounted for nearly one in six U.S. residents and for 23% of people under the
age of 18.
Over and over on CP I have easily argued that the immigration fight is not one that the GOP can afford to take on, especially in the mean-spirited manner of the recent past. Doing so will crush them politically. Last night was the latest example of making my point.
After all, voters who are non-white will be the majority in the United States in the not so distant future, and if the GOP has any desire to be a majority party it will need to adapt to the reality of the times. If the Republicans wish to commit political suicide they will continue with immigrant bashing.
The Wall Street Journal picks it from there….
Perhaps most damaging, Mr. Romney failed to appeal more creatively to minority voters, especially Hispanics. His single worst decision may have been to challenge Texas Governor Rick Perry in the primaries by running to his right on immigration. Mr. Romney didn’t need to do this given that Mr. Perry was clearly unprepared for a national campaign, and given the weakness of the other GOP candidates. (Tim Pawlenty had dropped out.)
Mr. Romney missed later chances to move to the middle on immigration reform, especially Senator Marco Rubio’s compromise on the Dream Act for young immigrants brought here by their parents. This created the opening for Mr. Obama to implement the core of the Dream Act by executive order, however illegally, and boost his image with Hispanic voters.
The exit polls show that Mr. Romney did even worse among Hispanics than John McCain in 2008, and we may learn in coming days that this was the margin in some swing states. The GOP needs to leave its anti-immigration absolutists behind.