That is the question being pondered (along with Biblical readings and an analysis on using the ‘Abortion Barbie’ attack as a successful GOP strategy beyond Texas) over on Red State. The post uses a few serious, and some very telling questions which were posed before the last election and revisits them to see if conditions have improved. The writer concludes that things have only gotten worse for the red team. Follow below for the gloomy GOP outlook…..
So what is the problem with the GOP today?
1. Rapidly changing demographic trends that favor the Democrat Party.Wow. That is actually a good point. I am shocked this is even allowed to be posted on RedState. But I am sure they feel the real problem here is getting that 59% number up.
(2014 update: In the 2012 presidential election Obama won 71 percent of Hispanics, 93 percent of African-Americans and 73 percent of Asians. But Obama only won 39 percent of Whites compared to 59 percent for Romney.)
2. An education system controlled by liberals that churns out young liberals.Ummm… yeah. Because the growth of charter schools and the privatization of an education system that allows the teaching creationism and bible science is our only hope for survival. The real problem here is that regular schools tend to deal in facts and data. This is a big problem for the modern GOP as we will see later in this list.
3. A population with an ever- increasing dependence on government in the form of entitlements and subsidies.So long as you ignore the every decreasing allocation of funds to support public services and entitlements. Didn’t we just get another cut on food stamps? Has’t welfare and SS been under attack for a decade? But maybe they mean subsidies to bankers, frackers, oil barrons and industrial farms. But since those subsidies go to the biggest GOP backers, aren’t they good? I’m confused.
4. A mainstream media that is overwhelmingly comprised of journalists who are biased towards Democrats and liberal causes.Ain’t that the truth! I mean just look at Fox news! Nothing but commie lovers, the lot of them! I remain baffled at how anyone can look the mainstream media and declare it to be overwhelmingly liberal. Actual liberal media pundits are now voices in the wilderness.
5. The influence of Hollywood, which makes it cool to be a liberal Democrat.If we could just close down all the movies theaters for a full election cycle everything would be fine.
6. The growing power concentrated in local, state, and federal government worker unions, whose members actively campaign against Republicans on the taxpayer dime.So long as you don’t consider the rapidly weakening power of Unions in local state and federal workplaces. Seriously, is there any debate at all over the fact that unions in the US have been rapidly declining in numbers and power for decades?
7. A culture where non-traditional social and sexual behavior has become mainstream.Every time you smoke a joint, acknowledge the existence of a homosexual or talk about equality for women, a GOP angel loses his wings.
8. A hatred for Republicans in general and a tendency to blame the party for “the mess we’ve inherited.”I can’t argue with this one at all. And yeah, there are pretty solid economic reasons not to vote republican, so pretty sure the Dems will go with that in 2016.
(2014 update: Obama has played the “blame Bush” and “blame Republicans” card like a champ throughout his presidency. Will Democrats subtly continue using this theme now applied to “class-warfare” economic issues as reasons not to elect a Republican in 2016?)
9. A Republican Party that is growing increasingly white, old, southern, and male, which alienates majorities of younger voters, Hispanics, African Americans, gays, teachers, young professionals, atheists, unmarried women, and even suburban married women.Wow! This is pretty much the whole problem. I mean EVEN ‘suburban married women’? How is this allowed to stay up on the RedState site?
(2014 update: Obama won women by 55 percent compared to 44 percent for Romney. In a recent Gallup poll, Republican voter identification was 25 percent; Democrats were at 31 percent and Independents 42 percent.)
10. The internet and the growing social media phenomenon that strongly tilts in favor of Democrats.The Dems use Data! Actual numbers and facts to support their arguments! And they use social media to share these numbers and facts! And they will do it again!
(2014 update: Democrats have mastered the technology of advanced data-gathering and successfully used it to cost-effectively identify voters and motivate them to cast ballots.)
I wont post the link but brave souls can see it over on RS if they wish. Or HERE at Daily Beast. A really strange mix of insightful points that should cause some self-reflection (but won't I am sure), and alternate universe observations that have no basis in reality.
They hate their own party. They hate all the Democrats. They hate all the possible choices for GOP president. They hate the demographics of the country.
But more than that I think that some of them, those with one foot in reality, are starting to feel very afraid.
One choice response to this post finds a new GOP target:
speaksoftly •It's those damn spinsters that are ruining it for everyone!
A political movement whose core "values" support abortion, homosexuality, and single women is a political movement that doesn't have a long-term future.
UPDATE: Rec List? Well hot damn. It's my first one. Thanks folks, glad not to be the only one that finds the minds of GOP supporters fascinating....
UPDATE 2: I have added in the link to the version that was posted on Daily Beast. Thanks to Urban Space Cowboy for the suggestion and the link.