GOP must confront the reality of a changing demographic
If you’ve read my previous blog posts, then you know I voted for Mitt Romney. He ultimately lost to the president. I’m over it. No point to harp over a done deal. I disagree with the president in the sense that I don’t think he won because everyone who voted for him supports all his policies. The president won because of his vastly superior ground game. He won because Americans couldn’t connect with Romney. After Romney made his dumb 47% comments he lost America’s belief in his empathy. He never recovered. The dumb comments from Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock didn’t help either.
Ultimately the biggest reason the GOP experienced a failure on election night was because they ignored the glaring fact of a changing electorate. As Matthew Dowd, chief strategist for President Bush’s 2004 campaign, said Wednesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” : “This is a changing America with a changing electorate…What’s happened with the Republican Party is they are a ‘Mad Men’ party in a ‘Modern Family’ America.” The party must be willing to compromise on some issues or it will soon become extinct. The GOP cannot ignore the concerns of a large faction of the country. The party has unfortunately allowed fringe, right-wing leaders to transform the party into something unrecognizable. Why the party heeds the advice of Rush Limbaugh is beyond me? How Sarah Palin still remains relevant to the party is beyond me as well?
Claiming you would “self-deport” illegal immigrants and wouldn’t support the “Dream Act” isn’t going to gain you any support from the Hispanic community. Yes, the president should rightfully be criticized for failing to enact any legislation on these topics, but in the end at least his rhetoric indicated he’d tackle the issues in a more compassionate manner. And that is why Latino voters ultimately gave him another chance.
Attempting to pass legislation in Virginia for trans-vaginal ultrasounds for women who seek abortions isn’t something to be proud of at all. Do you really think women are going to vote for you when you attempt to do things like this? Argue the stance of pro-life in a more compassionate manner or else don’t discuss it all. President Obama was reelected on Tuesday despite receiving barely a third of the vote from white males. Governor Romney bet on the economy winning him the election. President Obama however took a different strategy. He conveniently changed his opinion on gay marriage in June. He halted the deportation of many young, undocumented immigrants and put abortion rights and contraception at the heart of his anti-Romney ads.
Ultimately, unlike past elections you can’t campaign to one demographic (i.e. white male vote) and win a national election. America has changed. And therefore the GOP must change as well. The GOP must do some deep soul-searching. The party must discover why an incumbent president whose economy was relatively stagnant could be reelected. The party must discover the wonders of the 21st century. The party cannot allow Democrats to outmaneuver them in the social media aspect of campaigns. The GOP needs to vastly improve its ground game.
The most important point the GOP needs to internalize is that they must once again become an inclusive party. If they fail to change, they will cease to exist. Adopting my view on same-sex marriage would be a start in the right direction.
Compromise is vital.
Stubbornness to admit defeat (a.k.a Grover Norquist) or change party platforms will prove fatal.
So I implore the GOP to please wake up to the reality check they were given on November 6th.
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