The GOP Better Start Paying Attention to Demographics!

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Should the GOP do more to address minority voters' concerns?

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  1. Mustang
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    First a few facts.

    In 1980, white voters cast 88% of the total presidential vote. By 2008, that percentage had fallen to 74%.

    In 2000, Bush won 55% of the white vote, and even though he won the election, he lost the popular vote by 540,000.

    In 2008, McCain ALSO won 55% of the white vote, but he lost the election by 7 points.

    And finally, the proportion of overall votes cast by white voters is expected to decline even more in 2012.

    So...

    The GOP definitily needs to attract minority voters by addressing some of their concerns.

    But what's happening? Conservatives are actually driving AWAY minority voters with, among other things, their hostile rhetoric regarding immigration reform and their racially charged broadsides directed at President Obama, his wife, Michelle, and other high-profile African-Americans.

    Hey, you conservatives can (and probably will) do whatever you please. But circling your wagons and projecting a hostile attitude toward minorities is going to marginalize the GOP in a few elections cycles.

    Better wake up!
     
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    Oh Dear, this does not bode well for Republican's taking the Kennedy seat or governorship in NJ, VA or our chances in 2010.

    Oh Dear.
     
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    Aren't "minority voters" concerns everyone's concerns? Why does the left always judge people by the color of their skins?
     
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    Racism
     
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    Laugh all you want. The demographic trend is solid. Either the GOP adapts to the changing demographics or it risks becoming a regional party with limited chances at winning national elections.

    Personally, I question whether or not conservatives are prepared to make room for minority concerns in the increasingly conservative GOP. For example, could conservatives support immigration reform, in part, to attract minority voters to the rest of the GOP platform?
     
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    ...said WHITEhall
     
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    Addressing minority concerns basically means playing identity politics. You have opinions because you are Korean, Abyssinian, French or Micronesian. Republican orthodoxy is that there is only American and won't go there.

    There is no way we can do this without giving up what makes for Republican identity.
     
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    Pay closer attention to current events, you ran out of other people money to buy votes.
     
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    Here we go again...Liberoidals telling the people they're supposed to want to beat in elections telling them how to win.

    Sheeeeeeeesh! :rolleyes:
     
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    Whilst impressed with the sharpness of your rapier wit, I wonder if you can answer the question?
     

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