President Obama, our first black president, fared better in the South than any other Democratic nominee has in 30 years. So much for those who say he hasn’t accomplished anything. The Southern white Republican base may be in need of a Southern white Republican boost. WaPo:
Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi — despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.
Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOP’s future.[...]
[P]owerful forces in the region are clearly eroding GOP dominance. The trends pose difficulties for a Republican Party that has been shifting toward Dixie since the “Southern strategy” of the Nixon era, which sought to encourage white flight from the Democratic Party.
According to one pollster who helped analyze swing states for Team Obama, “They also have a problem with whites, in this election cycle, just showing up.”
Even trying to use President Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay issues against him didn’t work:
Black pastors — some of whom had preached against gay marriage in the past — rallied to the president.
Not to mention African Americans turned out and voted for the president in droves.
So the new line that I keep hearing and reading is how the Republican party will have to force themselves to be more inclusive of minorities and women, because, clearly, they can’t win without them.
But see, Republicans don’t seem to want to truly understand and empathize with the needs and predicaments of these voting groups. It’s all about acquiring the votes, the numbers, the Big Win, not caring for their fellow Americans as, you know, people.
What oh what will they do about the tea party’s (persistent, stubborn) willful blindness? They still “hope to weed out Republicans they consider insufficiently conservative.” Which means, at least to tea baggers, women’s rights and gay rights are still off the table, undocumented immigrants will still be referred to as “illegals,” God’s intentions still include rape births, and African American voters will still have to jump through hoops in order to simply cast a ballot.
Meanwhile, they can fake-like the very people for whom they show such utter disdain, because as Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”
White on, er, right on, GOP!