September 20, 2007


Is GOP Determined to Avoid Minority Voters? (Carl Leubsdorf, 9/20/07, Real Clear Politics)

Not only is the GOP field all white and male – in a year that Democratic contenders include an African-American senator, a Hispanic governor and a woman – but its candidates seem determined to avoid many of the nation's more diverse groups.

So far, most Republicans have bypassed three chances to woo the fastest-growing, most tempting minority, Hispanics. They also turned down a chance to appear before a leading group of gays and lesbians and have avoided some unions, where Republicans poll a significant minority.

And next week, the top GOP hopefuls will pass up a debate designed to spotlight issues of special interest to African-Americans.

Their actions defy warnings that their party needs to expand its share of minority votes or doom itself to minority status. After 2000, President Bush's strategists said he'd lose in 2004 unless he increased his share of the Hispanic vote to 40 percent.

He did – and he won.

Last year, after most leading Republicans denounced his immigration plan providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants already here, the party's share of the Hispanic vote dropped sharply.

Compounding the GOP's problem with its wahoo wing is that the natural successor to President Bush and the one guy in the Party likely to appeal even more to Latinos is not running for dynastic reasons. But adding Jeb to the ticket in '08 and running on his own will begin to heal some of these self-inflicted wounds.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 20, 2007 2:45 PM

Jeb isn't a viable option in a nation that is "Bushed."

However, in a leap of counter-intuitive risk-taking, a true visionary would have seen the opportunity, asked Cheney to resign after 24 mos, installed Jeb as the new VP, and then resigned himself to give Jeb 2 terms and the gift of incumbency for 2008.

All Jeb would have had to do would be to campaign on W's perceived (or real) mistakes, and you had a shot at a truly big electoral victory.

But alas, W, along with the wahoos who elected him, lack imagination, vision, and most of all, the character, to take such a chance.

W's term will end with a whimper, not a bang, and his most likely shot at a "legacy" - a free Iran and a Shia Cresent - will be squandered by listening to Haley Barbour and Jim Baker, paid shills for Saudi Wahhabists.

He coulda bin a contenda

Posted by: Bruno at September 20, 2007 4:42 PM

Should the Republicans lose the presidency and seats in both houses of congress the amnesty will go through and perhaps then there can be a resurgence by the party. Unfortunately, having a Dem president for the next 8 years would likely result in the SCOTUS being again dominated by liberals.

Posted by: Patrick H at September 20, 2007 6:59 PM

Bruno (oh man of "imagination, vision, and most of all, the character") -- of course Bush's term will end with a whimper, because the wahoos (Christians) didn't show up in the mid terms and the Democrats won by default.

Still doesn't make what he's accomplished any the less worthwhile.

Posted by: Randall Voth at September 21, 2007 2:15 AM