Rebuilding the GOP

19 Nov

For several years we’re been pointing out the general collapse of the Republican Party.

Things like 1960’s style soviet propaganda in its press releases.

Nobody talks like that anymore, except the GOP.

To show how out of touch it is – one only needs to look at Mitt Romney losing all but one of the nine contested states to President Obama and he was soundly whipped in the electoral vote.

Republicans also lost ground to Democrats in both houses of Congress, though Republicans managed to keep their House majority.

Depending who you are listening to, the Republican Party needs to get more conservative or more moderate.

It’s not surprising that House conservatives see things their own way.

Even if the country as a whole voted for Obama, conservative House members did just fine in their own districts.

Of 216 House Republicans who ran for reelection, only 14 lost – a mortality rate of just over six percent.

Members of the tea party caucus did even better than that – only about five percent were bumped out of their job.

Don’t look for much soul-searching from them.

Stepping away from those nut-jobs, you’ll hear mainline Republicans say the most important job facing the party is changing its attitude about immigration.

They say if they stay with their hard-line they’ll never get the latino vote.

That rapidly growing group voted overwhelmingly for Obama, by margins of 7-to-1 over Romney, who had shifted to almost every position possible during the primary.

Just 24 hours after the election even staunch conservatives to start changing their tune on immigration.

They can bay at the moon all they want – it won’t work.

The word from the top of the party is GOP’s position on the subject of amnesty for undocumented workers had cost them votes.

Some prominent Republican’s are echoing that.

But the problems in the party are deeper than this one issue.

More than the its position on reform, it is their tone towards minorities and Latinos in particular that damages them among younger Hispanic-Americans.

And, their stance on the social safety net and government keeps them from attracting the so-called social conservatives who are Latinos.

Then there’s something the GOP refuses to admit: a majority of Latinos support same-sex marriage.

Some Republicans say Latinos depend on the government and so will never vote for a party that rejects it.

Democrats would say that Latinos are hostile to a party that seems actively hostile itself to the institutions that sustain, nourish, and help them assimilate into American society.

If immigration reform passes, and it probably will, the issue will not go away.

The Democrats will get the credit from Latinos for passing comprehensive immigration reform, giving them another a reason to support the party in the future.

Unless the Republican Party figures out why it’s no longer the party-of-the people, it will become the minority party.

And stay that way for years to come.

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