Skip to main content

It's simple math that dictates the GOP's eventual date with the destiny of irrelevance. According to the U.S. Census Bureau minorities accounted for 85 percent of the population growth over the last decade and that's bad news for the GOP, a party with an 87 percent white majority.  Children of the GOP younger than 3 will be growing up in a country with a white minority.  But the bad news for Republicans doesn't stop there.  

No minority population is monolithic and, particularly here in Florida, you'll find a core of GOP support among Hispanics, mainly in the Cuban community.  I should point out that many in the Hispanic community don't claim Cuban Americans as Hispanic, even though they speak a common language.  It's a complicated relationship and doesn't change the fact that the Hispanic community overall is 62 percent Democrat, wider than the gender gap.  

Here in Florida Hispanics account for 39.4 percent of the population, a constant and growing headwind for the GOP. The problem is even bigger in Texas, as all things are, where 50.3 percent of the population is Hispanic.  If Texas and Florida go blue, the GOP can forget about ever seeing the White House again.  The math is devastatingly simple: California, Texas and Florida voting for a Democrat spots them a lead of 122 electoral votes, an impossible margin in political math.

With it's current demographic the loss of the GOP is virtually guaranteed and nothing can change that.  All the gerrymandering, voter ID laws and Koch money on the planet can't change the outcome anymore than they can stop the tide.  Republicans are losing and, while pained to admit it, they know it.  Their strategists definitely know it and, in unguarded moments, will admit as much.  Even Karl Rove, who famously fought Fox News calling Ohio for the president in 2012, admits that time is not on their side.  

It's not a stretch to suspect that the fact the GOP is losing is what's behind the current streak of extremism and it's only going to get worse from here.  If the GOP is this fruity when they still think they can win, imagine what they're going to be like when it finally sinks in they have no possibility of winning ever again.  This is the party that thinks if they lose it's because they're not conservative enough.  Like a gambler who doesn't know when to quit, the GOP continues to double down on losing strategies and blame others when the odds and common sense take their toll.  

The most dangerous people in the world are those with nothing to lose and we have yet to see the end game extremism, but we're closer to that day now than we ever have been.  

That's why it's critically important for Democrats to vote in every single election; federal, state and local.  To not let any elected office, no matter how trivial, go unchallenged.  That's how Republicans have managed to have an oversized influence relative to their numbers.  If it was raining fire on election day, Republicans would don their fire-resistant survival gear and go vote.  

If Democrats make up their collective mind to vote with the nearly insane dedication the GOP faithful exhibit, then all the voter ID laws and gerrymandering they can throw up will still fall to the tide of demographic reality.  

The closer the margin, the more it will fan the flames of extremists.  The only way to avoid conflict is if Democrats aligned with moderates win sudden and overwhelming victories at the polls.  If the crazies think they have a wide base of support, even as a minority party, the continual escalation of crazy can only end one way.  So, get out there and vote, lives may actually depend on it.  

Originally posted to The Gay Blade on Mon Nov 04, 2013 at 06:19 AM PST.

Also republished by Community Spotlight.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site