The GOP Doesn’t Even Want to Win Elections Anymore

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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John Hablinski
John Hablinski3 years ago

John D, you are absolutely correct in your assessment of the GOP’s strength. Yes the Democrats still have the Whitehouse & Senate but Boehner is still Speaker. Texas is still bright red and I see the Democratic Party doing nothing to change that situation. Twice now when we have had an open US Senate seat the national and state parties didn’t even try to contest the race. I spend a great deal of time on the computer with an on TV 3 feet away from me; I saw one (1) ad for the Democratic Nominee leading up to the election. I watched a debate between the Republican Cruz and Democrat Sadler and Sadler was at least as good as Cruz; it wasn’t as if we had some dummy running we simply did nothing to support the man. We had a great candidate running against a 2010 Tea Party Republican holding the US House seat for Texas District 27. Believe me when I say this, the man cannot sign his name in cursive script. He prints his name on every document including the Franking on his envelopes. Our candidate received no state or national support. This district is heavily Latino and the Democrat was a Latina; we just didn’t try. Texas will never even be a shade of purple with such an approach.

John Doucette
John Doucette3 years ago

No, Republicans haven't forgotten how to win elections. We focus on national elections but Republicans are doing quite well on state and local elections. Voter suppression, right to work for less laws, re-districting, they are doing quite well. If they can decimate the Democrat Party on the local and state levels and then flood the media with their lies and distortions paid for by their billionaire backers, the national level will take care of itself. Romney lost. Maybe it was a landslide in the electoral college but the popular vote was fairly close. The Koch brothers and their billionaire allies have already bought plenty of governorships and state legislators. They know exactly what they are doing.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Once again, look at the numbers. Where are the Democrats "ovespending"? Where is all this additional "overspending" I am constantly hearing about?

Robby C.
Past Member 3 years ago

I'm talking about now & how you stop blaming Bush for everything. Obama's admin has added plenty himself...

Damn, I could say 50 good things about a liberal admin & 1 bad thing but no one would notice anything but the 1 bad thing. Dems have overspent the hell out of our tax dollars, just like reps...

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

The difference between the projected and actual debt in 2011 can be largely attributed to:

$3.5 trillion – Economic changes (including lower than expected tax revenues and higher safety net spending due to recession)

$1.6 trillion – Bush Tax Cuts (EGTRRA and JGTRRA), primarily tax cuts but also some smaller spending increases

$1.5 trillion – Increased defense baseline budget and non-defense discretionary spending under both the Bush and Obama administrations

$1.4 trillion – Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

$1.4 trillion – Incremental interest due to higher debt balances

$0.9 trillion – Stimulus and tax cuts since 2008 (Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, ARRA and Tax Act of 2010)

So tell me where in these figures is it President Obama and his "spending" the reason for the increase in the debt?

Robby C.
Past Member 3 years ago

John H- Excellent post. SS is a RIGHT for those who've paid into it. It was stolen by Ds & Rs alike! I remember the term "voodoo economics" from 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'- in MS- I saw it in '86 or '87. Trickle Down works, to an extent- tax the rich too much = layoffs & bankruptcies. Like Hostess (although I know there's more to that). It's ludicrous to me, how much corporate CEOs, etc can make when real workers barely make $10/hr & can't even get a free Christmas party once a yr! But the rich WILL stay rich b/c they run/are the govt. And nothing's changed since GW- just as many lies (no transparency here LOL!)- cover-ups (F&F, Benghazi) & filthy rich misers control it all. Heavy taxes will tank our economy- we're in a depression now- not recession. There has to be balance & Ds & Rs block ea other all the time from making progress. It's NOT a one-sided thing.

But, Dave is right about one thing- GW dbld our debt from 4.xT to 9.xT in 8yrs, but it's only taken BO less than half that time to raise it some 80% to >16T... We can split hairs all day long, but we've got probs from both sides & a larger, stronger, fed govt is NOT the answer.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

David - I really think the loss of the election has unhinged you. You do not even make any sense whatsoever anymore, just mindless, drooling at the mouth garbage about the evil liberals, socialists, etc., etc. It is really old and boring.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Yes David, I would also suggest that you take a good course in U.S. History. You apparently don't really understand it.

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

Oh so David, in your estimation if you love someone or something, you don't want it to improve, or grow, or get better, or kinder, or perhaps get rid of some bad habits?

You think that "love" means wanting something to frozen in time and to never change or become better?

When I love someone or something I want it to grow, to be the best that it can, to achieve greatness, to be better each day then the day before.

So I guess in your view the people who ended slavery, stopped segregation, the genocide against the Native Americans, or supported women's sufferage didn't "love" America the way it was?

Wow that is a really weird version of "love."

Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown3 years ago

David- I realize the truth of that video really hurt, but it's the truth and there is nothing you or the entire right wing lie machine can do to change that FACT!