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  •  Here's my opinion (1+ / 0-)
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    At one time, Republicans were fairly reasonable. Nelson Rockefeller was a liberal Republican (who didn’t get nominated for President in 1968, but if I’d been old enough, I might have considered voting for him). Even Barry Goldwater, the right wing Republican who lost big in 1964, was gay-friendly (I think he had a grandson who was gay).

    I think the problem is that the Republicans have become more and more extreme. More extreme in their Christianity (so they hate gays and uppity women who want equal rights and abortion rights), more extreme in their hatred of taxes (even for necessary spending), and more extreme in their racism against blacks and hispanics. There are no liberal Republicans left (except in Maine, maybe) and hardly any middle of the road Republicans left. Their numbers are dwindling because the demographics are against them. They won’t be able to get a majority unless they change their ways.

    Republicans are losing among women, Hispanics, African-Americans, young people, LGBT people, and lots of other groups. They can’t expect to win the Presidency any time soon. When Texas becomes a Democratic state (which it will), they won’t even have that.

    "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

    by Dbug on Mon Jul 01, 2013 at 11:43:52 PM PDT

    •  But if all we do is keep telling them that (2+ / 0-)
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      they are losing women, Hispanics, African-Americans, LGBT is just makes them more rigid and fearful.  Even a leftie like me gets annoyed around here when people tell me Democrats don't need old white seniors or when people go on their anti-Catholic rants.  Democrats may win the demographic war in the end but there is going to be a lot of pain in the meantime if Democrats just raise the temperature by doubling down on the racial and cultural divides.  

      And while we're rigidly divided on race and culture, the plutocrats steal us blind.

      •  Good point. (0+ / 0-)

        Thanks for replying.

        I'm an old white senior, by the way. And I'm a liberal.

        And I don't like plutocrats.

        "Stupid just can't keep its mouth shut." -- SweetAuntFanny's grandmother.

        by Dbug on Wed Jul 03, 2013 at 12:19:48 AM PDT

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