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.


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.