The majority of Americans view on the economy is dismal. U.S. debt compounds daily and unemployment is persistently high. Yet the American people elect Barack Obama to a second term. The Republican must be seriously wondering how they possible lost this election.
We live in a diverse country; there are voters from all walks of life in our country who have a voice in our political process. The candidate(s) who appeal to a broader base of the population will more often than not emerge as those chosen to govern. This is especially true (as we just witnessed) in a National Election. Does the Republican Party finally understand this?
Someone needs to tell someone pretty quick that it is not 1948 anymore; or 1888 for that matter. Middle aged white guys aren’t the only people who vote in 2012. Is the sentiment that the Republican Party is out of touch based on reality or simply a misguided perception of some?
Here are a few key demographics and major issues where the Republican Party seems to be losing ground or areas in which the party is simply out of touch with the American people.
Hispanics and immigration
Obama carried approximately 66% of the Hispanic vote according to Reuters; Hispanics are the fastest growing demographic in the United States. Last summer the Obama administration decided to allow work permits for young undocumented immigrants that met certain criteria. The Republican response:
“American taxpayers should not be forced to bail out illegal immigrants and President Obama’s fiscally irresponsible policies.” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Obama’s Republican challenger, had taken a hard line, saying illegal immigrants should leave the country, or “self-deport,” before making a bid for citizenship. http://townhall.com/news/politicselections/2012/11/07/hispanic_vote_tilts_strongly_to_obama_in_win
Republicans will have to take a close look in the mirror before 2016 and find a way to appeal to a larger portion of the Hispanic vote; if they don’t then 2016 could be more of the same.
Hey Republican’s, here’s a clue; Missouri Republican Todd Akin’s comment that women who were victims of “legitimate rape” rarely become pregnant didn’t exactly help your cause with the female demographic. In case you missed it you can read the article here.
ABC news reported that Obama had a 12 point advantage among women voters which was an increase from 8% in 2008. While many Republicans denounced Akin’s comments it might have been too little too late. By the way Akin was crushed by Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate race in Missouri. The final tally; Akin 39% and common sense 55%. There might be hope for the Republican Party yet. The Republican Party can only hope that Akin and those like him will move into the private sector. This is the kind of help Republicans do not need. Hey Todd, the Nineteenth Amendment actually passed. Women can vote these days (I know the world it is a changing). I am not suggesting that Governor Romney shares Mr. Akin’s view but along with some other help I think that Governor Romney was guilty by association in the eyes of many voters. I’m sure Rush Limbaugh’s rather distasteful attack on Sandra Fluke certainly didn’t help the Republican Party rake in the female vote either. Ah, the Republican Party. If middle aged out of touch white guys were the only ones that voted then maybe; just maybe Governor Romney would have emerged as the victor.
It’s time for the Republican Party to modernize on women’s issues. Hint; start recognizing the separation of church and state. Unless you move more toward the middle then chances are the next President of the United States will be a Democrat as well.
Lunatic fringe is a term used to characterize members of a usually political or social movement espousing extreme, eccentric, or fanatical views. It was coined by the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919), to describe some American anarchists, especially those who engaged in propaganda by the deed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunatic_Fringe
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Michele Bachmann http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/republicans/a/michele-bachmann-quotes.htm
“Far from being the fringe outlier depicted by the mainstream media – and all too often by some on the right – she is a strong spokeswoman for unapologetic conservatism. She is neither extreme nor unreasonable, which is why her philosophy has resonated with grass-roots conservatives,” Rush Limbaugh referencing Michele Bachmann. http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/michellebachmann-rushlimbaugh/2011/04/21/id/393657
Michele Bachmann is not extreme or unreasonable? I would recommend conducting some research; Click here for a good start and feel free to form your own opinions. As an independent voter I’m viewing the Republican Party from the outside and making every attempt to form an objective opinion. What is behind the extremism? The Republican Party is in need of a strong leader who will distance themselves from some of the Lunatic Fringe that is currently doing more harm than good. Is it time that the mainstream Republican Party distances themself from the Tea Party and talking heads on conservative talk radio? Is it possible that the wrong message is being sent?
The popular vote was a close and yes there is a great divide in America but did Governor Romney run in the hopes of almost winning? I don’t know if there could have been better circumstances heading into this election for the Republican Party. Did Obama win or did the Lunatic Fringe lose?