Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The last stand for the GOP’s White Base

I have said for 10 years that changing demographics will end the Republican party as we know it. I've taken a lot of grief for this from Republican friends but even Republican leaders get it now. It's all Jeb Bush wants to talk about. Rove got it in 2004 but just couldn't stop race baiting long enough to devise a real plan to bring in non-whites.

And here we are in 2012 and Romney makes a big push for white voters at the expense of all other (non-white) voters. 

Chait thinks this is the last time anyone will try to win a national election on the white vote.
A Republican strategist said something interesting and revealing on Friday, though it largely escaped attention in the howling gusts of punditry over Mitt Romney’s birth certificate crack and a potential convention-altering hurricane. The subject was a Ron Brownstein story outlining the demographic hit rates each party requires to win in November. To squeak out a majority, Mitt Romney probably needs to win at least 61 percent of the white vote — a figure exceeding what George H.W. Bush commanded over Michael Dukakis in 1988. The Republican strategist told Brownstein, “This is the last time anyone will try to do this” — “this” being a near total reliance on white votes to win a presidential election.

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