Tuesday, November 19, 2013

GOP Rep.: Republicans "Risk Becoming A Permanent Minority"

Every once in a while, a Republican acknowledges the fact that the party faces a demographic threat. In 2012, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said, “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.” Now Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) has warned the GOP that it urgently needs to expand its base:

“Republicans need to understand that their political problems are neither tactical nor transitory,” said Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.). “They are structural and demographic. The hard truth is the GOP coalition constitutes a shrinking portion of the electorate. To change that daunting reality, Republicans must appeal to groups that are currently outside their ranks or risk becoming a permanent minority.”

House Speaker John Boehner's refusal to take up immigration reform, despite growing Hispanic negativity toward the GOP, indicates that the Republicans are not heeding such warnings.

2 comments:

Michael J. Mand said...

But gerrymandering takes care of that problem for the Republicans.

Jeff Tone said...

True, in the House. What do we call a party that relies on gerrymandering and voter suppression to remain in power? I call it a rogue party exercising power illegitimately.