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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Heading straight for a demographic cliff, the GOP guns it


When they’re not expressing shock over the growing participation of women, Hispanics and African American voters in the election, Republicans are reacting to President Obama’s victory by acknowledging the party’s shortcomings in appealing to non-white voters. Some members of the GOP, like former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, are even suggesting that the party should cut a deal with Democrats and pass comprehensive immigration reform to win votes from the growing Latino population.

But in acknowledging the nation’s changing demographics, Republicans and conservative pundits are also advancing a new pernicious narrative: America has permanently shifted from a white male-dominated electorate, to a new crop of minority voters who support Democrats because they are dependent upon government…

It’s hard to imagine anything more stupid and self-destructive, but just when you can’t think of any way for the right to get dumber, something like this comes along and broadens your powers of imagination. Romney lost because only white people voted for him and here comes the idiot brigade, insulting everyone that isn’t white.

But of course, it’s the old Republican knee in full jerk: if what you’re doing isn’t working, that just means you have to do more of it. So it’s more race-baiting, more division, more hatemongering bullshit and spin.

Yeah, that’s going to help a lot.

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