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Conservatives on Election 2012: “We’ve Lost America”

By November 12, 2012

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Conservatives who predicted that Mitt Romney would win the 2012 presidential race by a landslide are not only stunned that Barack Obama won re-election but also by how the president managed to pull off the feat. For his triumph, Obama can not only thank his campaign team but the young adults, single women and minority voters who supported him in droves at the ballot box in 2012. Without winning the overwhelming majority of votes from blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans, it's unlikely that Obama would've nearly swept every swing state and won a second term in office.

Some conservatives have taken Obama's win to mean that the GOP needs to double down on its outreach to voters of color, but others say this turn of events means that whites no longer run the show. This isn't an admission that makes them particularly happy either. Take Rush Limbaugh. "I went to bed last night thinking we are outnumbered," he remarked after the election. "I went to bed last night thinking we've lost the country. I don't know how else you look at this." Limbaugh's far from the only conservative to make such statements. Ann Coulter remarked that Romney's defeat signaled that "the tipping point has been reached." And Fox News contributor Dick Morris said of the election, "What this is saying is this is the new America. This isn't your father's America."

I'm not sure why it just dawned on these conservatives that the United States is an incredibly diverse place. Each of the past few censuses has indicated that the country is growing increasingly multiracial. Four states--Texas, New Mexico, Hawaii and California--are majority minority now. Before the election I even covered a report the Pew Research Center released about the GOP. It found that the party has grown significantly older and whiter than the Democratic Party. I wrote that if the Republican Party didn't begin to reach out to voters of color, its future would be bleak.

There's simply no way a major political party can ignore people of color and expect to be successful at the polls. Complaining that they've "lost the country" isn't exactly a good way  for conservatives to go about it, however. It stresses an "us vs. them" mentality that will only deepen racial divides. It also isn't a very original complaint. In the early 20th century, eugenicists were concerned that Eastern European immigrants were outpacing Anglo women in childbirth rates. Because of this they too feared that they were losing America. They ultimately survived the influx of Slavs and Poles and other "undesirable" immigrants just as the GOP will survive the rising numbers of blacks, Asians and Latinos in the electorate. The nation may have a black president and voters of color may now wield more influence at the polls than ever before, but the power structure in this country overall remains largely white. Until that changes, Rush Limbaugh & Co. don't have as much to worry about as they think.

 

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November 13, 2012 at 9:56 am
(1) Larry says:

The GOP has taken majority of American people for granted take for an example the 47% Romney referred to in one of his speeches, GOP position on women, abortion, immigration, Obamacare and other sensitive national issues etc. They placed their hope on money and forgot God and the people they wanted to govern, forgetting that money is not everything and that one with God is with the majority.President Obama was and is with God and American people were and are with him hence his reelection. This is democracy and the voice of the majority will always prevail, THANK GOD AND THANK GOD FOR YOUR LIFE THAT YOU ARE NOT A ONE TERM PRESIDENT AS THEY ALL PREDICTED, GOD IS ABOVE ALL PEOPLE AND EVERYTHING ELSE ON EARTH.

The GOP needs to reaccess their position and change their attitude towards the majority of the people regardless their color, religion or nationalities as America as a nation belongs to all of us and on that basis of equality our fore fatherds fought and died for that principle. It is very wrong of the GOP and some fools believing that america belongs to them only, America is land of no man and we all own it.

Finally, I am afraid the GOP may not have a taste of the White House not until after a woman becomes the President of the United States and wins a reelection too. I think and I know 4 years is not enough for the GOP to rectify their recklessiness and damages to the common people. THEY SERIOUSLY NEED TO LERAN FROM THIS ELECTION, IF THEY ARE SMART.

I ONCE AGAIN, CONGRATULATE MR PRESIDENT FOR HIS VICTORY ON A WELL DESERVED AND WELL FOUGHT, EXTRA ORDINARY ELECTIONS AND PROVING THE SO CALLED PUNDITS AND OR EXPERTS INCLUDING MAJORITY OF THE MEDIA HOUSES WRONG ON THEIR
DECEITIVE GALL UP POLLS. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BE AND GUIDE OUR MR. PRESIDENT!

November 14, 2012 at 10:21 am
(2) Christine says:

Thank you for this article. My husband and I have discussed this topic to great length and we share your thoughts. I believe that it is important to note that President Obama provided information about policies that are extremely important to many (most) of us. The President focuses on health care, education and equality while the GOP’s narrow view of reality causes them to focus on a shrinking homogenous group. The GOP can make all of the PR “updates” needed to attract the people they feel they’ve lost only to realize that we are smarter than their talking heads, hip music and catchy phrases. We voted for policies that advance one another and for a man that has stated his commitment to making America a better place for all.

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