Friday, March 30, 2007
GOP Brand -- The Party of Whites
What to do, what to do?
Well, it's clear the GOP brand has been tarnished by the Bush theocracy; and most Americans now view Republicans as the party of intolerant southern bigots and Christian batwings.
The Politico writes:
The former Republican National Committee chairman, Ken Mehlman, has very good advice for his fellow GOPers. The Republican brand can no longer count on being saved on Election Day by Bubba White and Holy Roller. They must expand the party tribe and publicly include a few of his Log Cabin Republican homies as well as a few Marias, Jesuses, Germaines and Shakas.
Republicans across the country are warning that increasing public discontent toward President Bush, the Iraq war and the GOP brand in general threatens to send the party's 2008 campaign planning into a tailspin.
Polling data released this month confirm what GOP officials are picking up anecdotally: Swing voters are swinging away from Republicans at high velocity. Most alarming to GOP strategists is a new survey by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center that found 50 percent of those interviewed consider themselves a Democrat
or leaning that way; only 35 percent tilt Republican.
You see, Melhlman has spent a lot of time "gather[ing] political intelligence." Like the voice crying out in the wilderness, Mehlman warns that the "GOP is in need of urgent rehabilitation, which won't come unless it can defy long-term voting patterns."
"We have to win back the confidence we lost in '06 from swing voters and ticket splitters," said Mehlman. "The way you do that, in part, is by being a party that is less reliant on white guys and expands its support among Hispanics, among African-Americans."The Southern Strategy is on its death knell, thankfully. And for those batwings who think Latinos will be their next fall guy and save their dumb asses, forget about it. There are too many of them. Here's a little gem from the Sacramento Bee.
The number of eligible immigrants choosing to become American citizens reached an all-time high in 2005, raising the percentage of newcomers who took the oath of citizenship to its highest level in a quarter-century, according to a study released Wednesday.
Wah, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, wah to the Jerry Kilgores, George Allens, Jackson Millers of the world. Your days are numbered!
The proportion of legal immigrants becoming U.S. citizens has reached its greatest level in a quarter century, according to a major report released Wednesday by the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group in Washington.
The ethnic makeup of new U.S. citizens has also changed, the Pew Center found. Between 1995 and 2005, the number of naturalized U.S. citizens originally from Europe fell below those from Latin America and Asia.
"There are a lot of reasons people can choose to naturalize, and one of these is certainly the political climate," said Jeffrey Passel, Pew Hispanic Center senior research associate and one of the nation's leading immigration demographers.
The principal implication of this trend, Passel said in a telephone news conference, is is that new citizens mean new voters.