Out of all the numbers from last nights Presidential Election, the one number that should be most troubling to our friends on the right is 89. Mitt Romney’s vote totals were 89% from one demographic. In case you were wondering and it should be no surprise that demographic is white like me. Well not like me, I make up the 56% of the Presidents White vote totals.
If there is to be anything taken from these two numbers, it should be something quite simple. If the GOP wants to keep appealing to that same tea party message, they will not be a viable national party. Regional yes, but they will continue to lose any chance at the states with changing demographics, especially Texas and Georgia. And it shouldn’t take a Rhodes scholar to realize if the Republican Party can’t carry Texas and Georgia, well George W Bush will go down as the last Republican President.
Guns, God and Gays will only go so far. I’m not trying to take guns away, I acknowledge the second amendment, however I’d like the Pro-Gun crowd to acknowledge some common sense. As far a God is concerned, I consider myself a Christian. I believe in the social gospel that helped inspire and create the progressive movement at the turn of the 19th century, what I don’t believe in is forcing my church doctrine on others. The social gospel compels me to do what I do, but doesn’t force me demand you to conform to my worldview. And as far as Same-Sex Marriage is concerned, I will never understand how it is supposed to affect my marriage. I love my wife, she loves me and we are responsible to each other. No other union could affect that.
I hope we see some serious debate on the Right on how to adjust and adapt to the ever changing demographics in this country. I do not want to see a one party system, I would prefer multiple parties, but I think we at least need the Republican Party to be a competing voice. What we don’t need is the extremist views of a small minority anchoring the other major party.
For more on this issue read Rich Benjamin’s article over at Salon