Thursday, November 08, 2012

Presidential Election

Much to the chagrin of certain conservative factions, such as the Teabaggers or that other fear-mongering idiot Pat Buchanan, there is no denying that our country has become a culturally and ethnically diverse tapestry. We're living in a changing America, people! Deal with it. It is no longer in the hands of the whiter, older electorate that the GOPs have traditionally put their money on.
Younger voters and minorities went to the polls in record numbers. Worse for the GOPs, they'll continue to. This caught the GOPs off-guard. They made the assumption that their monolithic voting body would send their candidate to the White House no matter what.
Well guess what? They got drubbed. Barack Obama won re-election easily over Mitt Romney with 303 electoral votes, 33 more than he needed. That's not even including Florida, if they ever get done counting.
GOPs are face to face with the reality that President Barack Obama won the Hispanic vote by a whopping margin of 71 percent to 27 percent. That's larger than Obama's margin in 2008. Hispanics doubled their share of the total vote since 1996 and constituted 10 percent of the electorate in 2012. In the next presidential race in 2016, more than three million additional Hispanic citizens will be eligible to vote.
It might behoove the GOPs to quit alienating Hispanics, many of whom are culturally conservative.
Now let's toss in the Asian minority. Asian-Americans happen to be the highest-earning group in the U.S., out-earning whites, and they generally place enormous emphasis on family. 
You'd think that this would be a perfect fit for GOPs, yes?
No. Asians voted for Obama by 73-26; they were even more Democratic than Hispanics.
It's possible that Hispanics and Asians are more communitarian than individualistic, leading them to identify more with Democrats than Republicans.
The GOP is overwhelmingly white and insistently, at times militantly, Christian. The other problem for the GOPs is the persistence of a growing number of racists in their base and on conservative airwaves. You know who I'm talking about. The ones that want electric fences along the border with Mexico as well as the supporters of the "papers please" laws of Arizona and Alabama. 
The Democrats, by contrast, are multiracial with a laissez faire attitude toward religion and spirituality. So let me ask, if you were a black-haired Buddhist from Taipei, a brown-skinned Hindu from Bangalore, or gay or lesbian, which party would instinctively seem more comfortable?
Then there's the women's vote. To paraphrase Tina Fey, women do not want gray-faced men telling them what they can or cannot do with their bodies.
Consequently, President Obama led by 11 percentage points among women.
I'm no expert here but I'd say that this outcome reveals a big problem for the GOPs. If they don't open their eyes and appeal to the huddled masses, of all colors and genders, instead of focusing their sights on just the entitled while doing nothing about the growing hate speech, fear-mongering and bigotry coming from their right-wing extremists, they won't move forward.
Then, to add insult to injury, the right can't even say that their network won last night. This year's election coverage winner was CNN. The GOPs couldn't even get that right! It really was a bloodbath.

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