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Myra Adams, at the Daily Beast, is out with an opinion editorial that asks the question, "Will George W. Bush Be The Last GOP President?" This may be one of the two or three times a year that the conservative media takes a very brief moment to reflect on some realities (and other Benghazi-like psychoses).

She outlines ten reasons why George W. Bush and Millard Fillmore may have the distinction of being the last Presidents elected from their respective parties. Her articles starts out with an enormous mistake:

Rapidly changing demographic trends favor the Democratic Party.
Incorrect. The inability for Republicans, at a fundamental level, to understand that demographics do not favor any one party is the reason why Myra Adams may be correct about George W. Bush. African-Asian-Hispanic and other very real Americans do not vote for Republicans because of the GOP, not because they are minorities. Republicans make very clear that they prefer WASP's, will tolerate Catholics, accept Asians as long as they don't ask for anything and keep quiet, have a bloodcurdling hatred of Hispanics, and despise African-Americans, especially the ones who achieve success and beat them at their own game.

The biggest nightmare for the GOP is not that they will keep losing Presidential elections. Their biggest nightmare is 2024 when a Hispanic becomes the leader of the free world.


When will we elect the first Hispanic President?

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Allow provisional acceptance of things that go against your deepest convictions in the face of a preponderance of evidence.

    by ConservativeBrainTrust on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:16:47 AM PST

  •  I don't get how these trends don't favor Democrats (9+ / 0-)

    Sounds like they do.

    Take the fight to them. Don't let them bring it to you. - Harry S Truman

    by jgoodfri on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:30:16 AM PST

    •  My take is that the author (9+ / 0-)

      is trying to make that point that demography (size of specific segments of the population) is less important than the treatment of those segments of the population by the GOP.  I think the author does have a good point in that pontificators can be lazy and just talk about the African American vote as being overwhelmingly democratic as though that is a natural property of the group much like the freezing point of water.  However I am not entirely clear that is the point and the title is definitely misleading.

      A better title would have been 'Demographic trends aren't the cause of the GOP's inevitable destruction'.

      "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

      by matching mole on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:42:58 AM PST

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    •  I think the point is that the GOP could respond (4+ / 0-)

      to changing demographics with new policies/attitudes if they chose, but they will not or can not. So it is thier own choices, not demographics that are working against them.

    •  What he is saying...and which makes some sense (3+ / 0-)
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      matching mole, FiredUpInCA, asindc

      is that...people are not "born into a party", that people are not pre-destined to lean/vote this or that way, but rather that - it is the platform; the philosophy; worldview; the outlook of the party that lures in or alienates voters, be they minorities or not.

      "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

      by tuma on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 12:21:04 PM PST

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  •  It seems clear demographics DO favor Democrats. (1+ / 0-)
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    I've thought so since I got the book "The Emerging Democratic Majority", which but for sulking Democratic voters not voting in 2010 would be well on the way to have happened in the U. S. House of Representatives (abetted by extreme state gerrymandering).

    •  You Don't Blame Customers For Not Buying Your (5+ / 0-)


      The Democrats who deserve the blame are the elected politicians and strategists who went AWOL as far as motivating their electorate the minute Mr. Obama swore in.

      Per a front page story a week or few ago, only once in the last 20 years have we done a good job of turnout out our voters for a midterm election.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:59:58 AM PST

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  •  Just watch- the GOP will make Hispanics honorary (1+ / 0-)
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    whites. This is how they will respond to the demographic changes. The definition of 'white' has changed numerous times before (with the inclusion of Italian, jewish and irish americans)- I think it is perfectly natural that they will capture the Hispanic population by extending them the status of honorary whites. The forces of selfishness will always find a way to evolve and stay alive.

  •  Millard Fillmore wasn't elected President, (1+ / 0-)
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    Taylor was. The Whigs fought their way out of the Jacksonian era as the GOP. The dynamic now is the GOP is the Jacksonian party, just needs to get a Jackson, Ike or Reagan to have the big money work its magic. The Dems now are like the Whigs were, sufficiently compromised to help sustain conservative dominance.

  •  WRONG!! (1+ / 0-)
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    "We're Number One! We're Number One!!"


    this whole thing about demographics and how some sort of big change is going to solely benefit democratic candidates is just more example of lame armchair politicking baloney. it's again reflective of the overall laziness of the democratic party, their lack of boldness and their lack of a PLAN get our economy out of the ditch.

    they don't have a PLAN, but hey, no problemo! changing demographics will DO OUR WORK FOR US!

    "It is essential that there should be organization of Labor. Capital organizes & therefore Labor must organize" Theodore Roosevelt

    by Superpole on Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 04:27:24 PM PST

    •  I agree (0+ / 0-)

      There is some laziness to the democrats platform which has basically been, 'enough Hispanics are overtly mistreated by the conservative movement that we can count on them to vote Democrat without actually doing anything for them.' This is not a recipe to take advantage of long term demographic changes.

      There are 600,000 African Americans in GEORGIA that are not registered to vote. Romney won Georgia by 300,000 votes. I bet years ago democrats were salivating over the demographic changes that were definitely going to turn Georgia blue by the turn of the century. Hasn't happened.

      We can't hope demographics end up favoring our politics if our politics don't favor the people.

      Allow provisional acceptance of things that go against your deepest convictions in the face of a preponderance of evidence.

      by ConservativeBrainTrust on Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 11:07:42 AM PST

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  •  Ironically enough, (2+ / 0-)
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    Ahianne, asindc

    the majority of African Americans used to be staunch Republicans when it was the Party of Lincoln and the Democrats were the party of Jim Crow.  So, the Republicans could gain back the trust of African Americans -- if they and their policies weren't so batsh*t crazy, that is.  It's one of the things I find interesting about the election dynamic these days.  African Americans are obviously smart enough to vote in their own self-interest, whereas a significant minority of whites seem hellbent on voting for those who would screw them.

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