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  •  They couldn't get the turnout from "minority" (35+ / 0-)

    voters because they see them as minorities first and Americans second, if at all.

    There is something deeply offensive about the way they think about the problem itself... That "minorities" are voters that need a marketing strategy rather than an acknowledgement in word and deed that we're in this together and that similarities outweigh differences. Until that is the natural un-marketed response of a significant number of Republicans, they will never attract the percentages they want. They can't solve the problem until they stop the shallow marketing and actually, fundamentally, start changing. Romney and the rest of them are shockingly unclear on the concept.

    “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

    by ivorybill on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 05:52:21 AM PDT

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    •  Unclear on the concept, or actually truly (2+ / 0-)
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      ignorant. There are people who really don't have the ability to walk in another's shoes. It might have been wise to hire people who could help bridge that gap, but apparently they were even too ignorant to realize that was needed.

      •  Agreed, they lack empathy (2+ / 0-)
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        That's one cognitive dysfunction.

        But I think there's also something else going on. It's the difference between immediately categorizing someone as "Latino", for example, rather than seeing a person before you, one aspect of which is ethnic background.

        Put another way, in the cognitive nightmare that is the Republican brain, the fundamental division is between "people", and "black people" or "Mexicans" or whatever.  When we see someone who is conspiciously of a different race or ethnicity, we instantly recognize it.  But the degree to which we categorize them as other is what might distinguish most of us from the typical Republican brain. It's the difference between noticing the ethnicity of a doctor or neighbor on the one hand, and immediately and permanently categorizing that person as a "Mexican" doctor or neighbor on the other.  For most of us, race or ethnicity is a noticeable attribute but necessarily the primary one.  For Republicans, many of them at least, it is pretty nearly the fundamental way they categorize others.

        “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

        by ivorybill on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 10:24:43 AM PDT

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