Saturday, September 1, 2012

Sen. Graham On GOP's Future: "We're Not Generating Enough Angry White Guys"

While 2008 exit polls showed that 90 percent of Republican voters were white, white births are no longer a majority in the U.S. The Republican Party's homogeneity was reflected in a Richmond Free Press headline about the RNC, "Ocean of Whiteness: Diversity nowhere in sight." This "ocean" was also evident in a Romney video, "The Promise of America," depicting a white country. Shifting demographics have led the GOP to voter suppression schemes aimed in great part at black and Hispanic voters; the Republicans must have paid heed to a recent NBC-WSJ poll finding African American support for Romney registering at 0 percent. Within this context, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham made a remarkably candid assessment of his party's future prospects:

The nation’s shifting demographics have caused some Republican leaders to worry not only about the party’s future but about winning in November, particularly in key swing states such as Virginia and Nevada.

“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

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