As Senator Lindsey Graham stated about the GOP’s appeal to minorities, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” This couldn’t be more true, as Gary Younge reports, minorities are running away from the GOP in droves.
Black support for the Republican party literally cannot get any lower. A recent Wall Street Journal poll had 0% of African-Americans saying they intend to vote for Romney. At 32%, support among Latinos is higher but still remains pathetically low given what Republicans need to win (40%) and what they have had in the past – in 2004 George W Bush won 44%. As a result, the party of Lincoln is increasingly dependent on just one section of the electorate – white people. To win, Romney needs 61% of the white vote from a white turnout of 74%. That’s a lot. In 2008, John McCain got 55% from the same turnout. “This is the last time anyone will try to do this,” one Republican strategist told the National Journal. And Republican consultant Ana Navarro told the Los Angeles Times: “Where his numbers are right now, we should be pressing the panic button.”
In hindsight, Obama’s refusal to rise to the constant race baiting from the GOP over the past 4 years was an incredibly smart thing to have done. He’s managed to get the Republicans to alienate the center, irreparably damage ties to minorities and all without allying himself with the Al Sharpton/Jesse Jackson type political rhetoric that has scared away white voters. He has patiently watched the Republican party devour itself without dirtying himself in the process – and now it looks like he’s about to reap the reward.
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.