I’m worried about the Republican party. Of course, I’m not their biggest fan, but something is amiss. I think they’ve forgotten how to do politics.
Never did I think I’d ever say that about Republicans. Remember 1994? Looking at today’s Republican party, you’d think that was a million years ago. I’m not convinced that the GOP are even trying to win elections anymore. Just look at what former Romney pollsters and strategists are saying about their loss. They’re bragging about winning white people.
Awesome, I guess. There are a lot of white people in the United States. But it totally ignores the new demographic realities of the country. I guess they can celebrate the winning the “real” American demo!
However, it’s not just brown people the GOP is in denial about. There’s also women. You know, the ladies. Romney’s former pollsters haven’t pointed out that, heck no! Republicans don’t have a woman problem:
The first thing I want to point out about the exit polls is that Mitt Romney won white women by 14 points – 56%-42%. Our challenge is with minority voters, not so much with white women.
White women. By 14 points. So, the next time you hear Republicans are struggling with “women” – push back with that. Yes, the GOP is getting killed with minority women – 4% with African American women, 23% with Latino women – but the whole “war on women cost Romney the election” is simply not true.
Oh, I see! So you won white women, so there’s no war on women! Because only white women are women. Everyone else can just be lumped into their race. Or something. It’s totally obvious now.
Of course, as Will Saletan at Slate points out, that’s not the whole story:
Really? Let’s look at that exit poll again. Romney’s performance among white women was 6 points worse than his performance among white men. His performance among black women was 8 points worse than his performance among black men. His performance among Latino women was 10 points worse than his performance among Latino men. Shrugging this off as a problem with minorities, not women, ignores a gender pattern that extended across all ethnic groups. Oh, and Romney won the election by 7 points among men. That tells you all you need to know about the GOP’s awesome relationship with women.
Republicans know this. They must know this, right? I mean, these are bright people. Surely they can see the writing on the wall. That could be why the GOP has taken up immigration reform.
So that’s brown people covered! Now, what about the ladies?
Don’t worry! John Boehner has just the fix. We get a lady in charge of the House Administration Committee!
We made it! So what if it’s basically the least influential committee assignment that basically puts Rep. Candice Miller in charge of cafeteria plates? They put a woman in charge. What more do you want from them?
Good. Just keep doing what you’re doing, Republicans. Reality is a bummer anyway.
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