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Male. Angry. Old. White. Rich. Bigoted.  GOP, this is you.
I enjoyed Robert Draper's article in The New York Times Magazine. It always interesting to see how Republicans are reacting to their problems with the American electorate. There are others we've seen since the election. Some noting, like Draper's, that the Republicans are behind in their technological innovations. There are others calling for changes in the GOP's image and style. There are even a few calling for changing a few of the party's policy positions. But none of these is going to fix the modern Republican Party because they all miss the well from which all Republican kool-aid springs: Bigotry. What the Republican Party really needs to change is the most difficult of all: their hearts.

The GOP is THE party of bigots. Pure and simple. Everything Republicans stand for springs from this:

1. Tax cuts aren't about the free market, individual initiative, blah blah blah. It is about the Republican white man not wanting to give any money to unfortunate minorities.

2. Strong national defense isn't about protecting America from enemies from god knows where. It is purely about suppressing everyone else so that the Republican white man can remain top dog in the world.

3. "Pro-Life" most certainly isn't about everyone's life. It is about the life of the Republican white man to control everyone else's. Especially white women.

4. Fiscal conservatism has nothing to do with good accounting. It is purely about one thing and one thing only: making sure government never has the resources to help people who aren't the Republican white man. (Which is why agribusiness and defense are always exempt from fiscal conservatism.)

I could go on, but you get the point. Every element in the Republican platform is defined by which group of people they are against and don't like. You could put in "Border Security" and it's about Mexicans. You could put in "Gun Rights" and it's about Blacks. You could put in "Regulations" and it's about the poor. The heart and soul of the Republican party is built on a backlash of the expansion of rights and freedoms for everyone who is not a middle class or weatlhy white man. The Tea Party, the Neocons, the fiscal conservatives...all of it springs from conservative white male resentments.

The GOP elite can reach out to every group they are losing, but it wont make a difference. Know why? Nobody likes a bigot. I know some folks in my community (black) more conservative than Bush was. But they'll never vote Republican. Know why? The bigotry of the rank and file.

Better twittering and slicker apps wont fix this. Nor will putting out a Latino guy or a Black guy and saying "See!" The only thing that will change all this is a true change of heart from the average everyday Republican white male voter. Either through acceptance of defeat or embracing deliverance, the only way to change the Republican Party is to change the hearts of its dwindling, dying denizens: conservative old white men.

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  •  The GOP hasn't always been the party of racism (12+ / 0-)

    not even after Nixon brought in the southern whites after the Dems passed civil rights legislation.

    But over the last twenty years or so, beginning with Clinton's reinvigoration of the Democrats, the Republicans have progressively shed nearly all non-racist elements from their midst.  All they've got left now are the ignorant, the stupid, and the racist.

    Which is why the party is rapidly losing all relevance in the modern world.  And why it's only a matter of time it will soon go the way of the Whigs and the Federalists before it...

    When the union's inspiration /Through the workers' blood shall run /There can be no power greater /Anywhere beneath the sun /Solidarity Forever!

    by litho on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 06:56:49 AM PST

  •  They lost in 2008...and went into denial...They (2+ / 0-)
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    lost in 2012...and double-downed.....they're screwed.

  •  They need a twelve step program. (7+ / 0-)
    "Hi, my name is GOP, and I'm a bigoted asshole".
    The first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem, as they say.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:07:54 AM PST

  •  Give a pig a smartphone and a makeover, (4+ / 0-)

    it's still a pig. The irony is that they've been told that out-swining the competition is the path to victory.

    No offense intended to the naturally porcine.

    "My God, it's full of stars"

    by Hammerhand on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:10:37 AM PST

  •  What I am tired of seeing is nonsense like... (9+ / 0-)

    "Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, and he freed the slaves, so Republicans aren't racists."

    "Most Republicans were against segregation unlike the Democrats, so it's the Democrats who are the racist bigots."

    "Republicans want minorities to be free from state welfare, unlike Democrats who want to put them all back on the government plantation."

    Ad nauseam...

    When someone uses these arguments, he (and it nearly always is a he, isn't it?) is in denial, trying to intentionally obfuscate, or, most likely, trolling.

    Don't forget that most men with nothing would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich than face the reality of being poor. - John Dickinson ("1776")

    by banjolele on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:10:40 AM PST

    •  Yes. That was then, this is now (3+ / 0-)
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      Very inconvenient for that argument that as of VERY recently (in historical terms) there were Republicans in the Senate who had filibustered the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 when they were representing their states as Democrats. How exactly can we make Strom Thurmond the face  of today's Republican party?

      I'd say trolling.

      -7.75, -8.10; . . . Seneca Falls, Selma and Stonewall (h/t cooper888)

      by Dave in Northridge on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:24:49 AM PST

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  •  The obvious is anathema to so many Republicans (3+ / 0-)
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    They vehemently disagree that they are bigots, because they just know every other person of their same mindset knows that it is the other side that it bigoted against them.

    In other words? They have set themselves up to do what they have been told. Project your worst inadequacies onto those treasonous, freedumb hating, BIGOTED libruls, cause they were TOLD to do so.

    Their plight is like that of the dodo. They are on an island.  Far out to sea.  Too far away from the beaches of reality.

    Someone once asked me why do you always insist on taking the hard road? and I replied why do you assume I see two roads?

    by funluvn1 on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:25:27 AM PST

  •  I guess I'm not bright enough to see what they (6+ / 0-)

    can do to be new again.  They are so wrapped up with racisim and rich old white male entitlement that I just don't see where they go with that.  You say they need to change their hearts, great, what will they be then; what political philosophy will guide them, what goals would turn them on?  The party of Lincoln, the party that ended slavery, is now the party of warmed over racisim.  The over-stuffed Rush is their true leader and that is lethal as we have seen over and over again.  Of course the Democrats were pro-slavery and changed so it can be done.  I am concerned about their destructive tendencies in this time of severe change for them.  As they destruct they want to tear down the rest of us and the government we have.  I see myself as the government, they see the government as an alien construct that needs to be radically downsized or destroyed.  This fight is personal and not purely a political exercise for me or them.  I feel like there is no way to compromise with them anymore, I owe it to my country to hasten their demise and get on with modern living.

    •  Even in the old days, (0+ / 0-)

      There was a racist undercurrent.

      The original GOP was a conglomeration of homeless former Whigs, disaffected Democrats, Free Soilers and Know-Nothings.  That Know-Nothing wing (the leftovers of the erstwhile American Party) were anti-Catholic and anti-immigrant and no few of them were anti-black as well.  

      There were a lot of Republicans who hated slavery not because it deprived slaves of their freedom and human rights, but because they felt that slavery unfairly competed with free labor.  They wanted slavery destroyed, but had no desire to see any type of rights offered to the former slaves.

  •  This is so true. Every word of it. (3+ / 0-)
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    The GOP elite can reach out to every group they are losing, but it wont make a difference. Know why? Nobody likes a bigot. I know some folks in my community (black) more conservative than Bush was. But they'll never vote Republican. Know why? The bigotry of the rank and file.
    I have people in my family that are also fairly conservative, but they'll never vote GOP because of the racism.  The GOP is so racist, they don't care that they're alienating potential allies of color because of it. All of their "urban" and "Latino" "problems" would go away (as would the euphemisms) if they would just stop being paranoid, racist assholes, but I seriously doubt I'll see that in my lifetime.
    •  Carribean people (5+ / 0-)

      can be about as anti welfare and religiously conservative as they come. I have a lesbian aunt who rails an rails on and on about taxes and food stamps. But she wont vote for a Republican because she knows they hate her just for being black and gay.

      Until they fix the hateful hearts of their base, no amount of window dressing will make any difference.

    •  Analogy I've use elsewhere - (2+ / 0-)
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      it's like when the cool kids had a party and you weren't invited.  And as it turns out, they rented a hall that required a minimum number of people fill the hall for the party - and they didn't have enough people.  So the cool kids came back to you and said they have some room and now you're invited (i.e. Latinos and Asians).  But you always knew they didn't want you there - even though you heard that the food was really good.  And BTW, the black folks weren't invited even when the 2nd round of invitations went out.

      I've been coming to DKos since May 2008 and I still don't have a sig line. Oh well.....

      by CrissieP on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:36:35 PM PST

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  •  The sad thing that the Draper article shows is (5+ / 0-)

    There are people within the party who get it but they are being systematically ignored.

    Take that one pollster who did the focus groups.  She was told flat out by people who voted for Obama only because Republicans were the party of bigoted old White men.  And who would continue to vote for Democrats for the very same reasons.

    But all the party wants is the tech.

    And pretty words to use to lie to people.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 07:57:32 AM PST

  •  The story in another thread (0+ / 0-)

    about the White guy, who slapped an African American toddler after using racial slurs to get the mother to quiet her child, to me is what the Republican Party is all about.  

    One does not simply walk into Mordor! One invites a gas driller in, and one’s land becomes Mordor. Chris From Balloon Juice

    by Mr Stagger Lee on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 08:39:10 AM PST

  •  Black man + White House = Big GOP Problem! (4+ / 0-)
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    As long as progressives don't get tired and quit, we can win this thing in the long run.  The worst GOP fears have been put on public display, that a non-white President can actually be effective as our Chief Executive. That is the source of the obstructionist stategy from, literally, day one of Obama's presidency.  They have only to look at the shift in LGBT attitudes in the past decde to know they do not have time on their side, only the funding of billionaires.  

    •  Obama being in the White house (4+ / 0-)

      has made a lot of Republicans' latent racism become manifest. Much harder for them to hide it now, and it's not pretty. It's costing them plenty of votes too.

      •  This ^^^^^ (0+ / 0-)

        Before Obama, a lot of moderate Republicans could sort of turn a blind eye to the racism and bigotry, or pretend it was only a handful of members hanging on the fringes of the party.

        Obama coming to the White House has made it much harder for those people to ignore that much more of the party's membership (and platform) is quite racist and bigoted.

        Throw in their religious fundamentalism that doesn't tolerate any non-mainstream Christian religion (and even then only barely for some of them) and their ever more blatant anti-science, anti-education rhetoric and they continue to turn off ever more potential allies and voters.

  •  Tipped & rec'ed (1+ / 0-)
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  •  The racial wedge doesn't fit where the GOP wants.. (2+ / 0-)
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    isabelle hayes, Eyesbright

    ..it, and it used to be - middle vs lower income divide in the past.

      Separatism isn't working like the GOP thought it would anymore.

    So denial leads to re-branding, and making the same mistake S.E.Cupp does:

    Cupp finds herself in the unenviable position of maintaining that Americans largely side with her party’s worldview, even if their votes suggest otherwise. “Public polling still puts the country center-right on a host of issues,” she told me.
    S.E. Cupp all but admits that she is wrong by her advice to hide the agenda rather than correct their policies:
    “If I were training a candidate who’s against gay marriage,” Cupp told me, “I’d say: ‘Don’t change your beliefs, just say legislatively this is not a priority, and I’m not going to take away someone’s right. And if abortion or gay marriage is your No. 1 issue, I’m not your guy.’ ”
    And this re-branding so far at least has failed.
    Tech isn't their big problem. Their racism lost people of all kinds not just minorities and are turning off the young population they'll dry up without - no matter how much they spend imo
  •  would only add, as to point #2 : the mic (0+ / 0-)

    how many young persons are in the armed forces now?

    if there weren't such a thing as the armed forces, how many of those young persons would have a job? how many people who work in "defense" plants would be out of work?

    its existence is to keep millions of soldiers, workers, etc., and their extended families from being another enormous part of the unemployed

    as much as it is a way to interfere with any peoples around the world trying to throw off their rotten govts

  •  They're about a decade behind Dems (1+ / 0-)
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    Eyesbright

    on the technology front (voter databases and the like), so they have some work to do there.

    I found it amusing when they "played the Lincoln card," in so many words, in the RNC press release they put out on the first day of Black History Month, in "celebration."

    I mean, who are they fucking kidding? They lost any claim to Lincoln's achievements a long time ago.

    It took a long time and alot of work by Dems to reverse course. For Republicans to think they can cry "Lincoln" and put a few non-whites in their propaganda videos and expect Latinos and African-Americans to automagically start voting GOP in droves is beyond insulting.




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 01:41:41 PM PST

  •  Evidence that they don't get it ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    Faux News hiring Herman Caine.  
    They absolutely believe that all that counts is the color of his skin.  Never mind the fact that the man is absolutely daft.

    To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

    by Eyesbright on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 04:40:31 PM PST

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