November 21, 2008


GOP recovery: Fire Rush Limbaugh (MORTON KONDRACKE, November 21, 2008, ROLL CALL)

In recent years, Republicans have let right-wing talk-show hosts whip the GOP base into frenzies – over immigration, brain-damage victim Terri Schiavo and same-sex marriage – that have branded the party as troglodyte.

The result is that the demographic groups representing the future of American politics shifted decisively to the Democratic Party in 2008 – Latinos, young people, the well-educated, moderates, working women, first-time voters, suburbanites and “seculars.”

Immigration scarcely was an issue during the fall campaign. But the damage was done over the past two years as the radio screamers roused the rabble, who then beat on GOP members of Congress, presidential candidates and even the Bush administration not just to control the border but treat undocumented residents as felons.

At a briefing last week jointly sponsored by the “New Democrat” Progressive Policy Institute and Web site Democratic Strategist, author Ruy Teixeira said that the gist of his 2002 book, “The Emerging Democratic Majority,” is now becoming reality.

“Democrats are going where they're growing,” he said, while Republicans are isolating themselves in a fading portion of the population – old, white, less-educated, highly religious Southerners.

Others at the briefing, notably Bill Galston, a former Clinton White House aide now at the Brookings Institution, cautioned that the country has not taken a sharp left turn, a re-alignment has not yet occurred and that Democrats should beware of overreaching.

As the passage of gay marriage bans demonstrated, the problem is not that the GOP is to closely associated with Judeo-Christian morality, but that its Know-Nothing wing betrays that morality. The Party needs to ditch the unChristian in favor of the religious of color.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 21, 2008 8:15 AM
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