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So much for GOP "outreach": Asian Americans-- among other key groups-- heavily support Democrats


extreme makeover my ass

Republicans can sweartogod all they want that they're reaching out to African Americans, women, gays, Latinos, Catholics (the Pope is a "Marxist"! A Marxist, they tells us!), and anyone else I may have missed who isn't old, white, and male.

They can hold workshops to teach established Congress members how to talk to women and minorities (you mean to tell us they don't already know?), they can send Rand Paul to convince voters how into African Americans he and his party are (we'll just ignore those Civil Rights Act? Meh! and voter suppression things), they can tout their little political autopsies, they can talk to they're blue red in the face, but guess what?

It ain't workin'.

Now the Los Angeles Times confirms what many of us have been writing about for years: The GOP has also alienated Asian Americans. And just like so many other key voting groups, they're turning their backs on Republicans in droves. Please read the entire article, but meantime, here are some snippets:

After years of divided loyalties, Asian American voters have swung heavily behind the Democratic Party and its candidates, posing a serious threat to Republicans whose political base — older, whiter, more conservative — is shrinking by the day. (Although referred to as the Asian American community, "communities" might be a better word to reflect the diversity of groups tracing their roots from the Indian subcontinent to the Far East.)

The problem is every bit as acute as the GOP's widely chronicled difficulties with Latino voters. Though fewer in number, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population and a rapidly expanding part of the electorate, nationally and in battleground states such as Florida, Nevada, North Carolina and Virginia. [...]

In 1992, Republican George H.W. Bush won 55% of the Asian American vote against Democrat Bill Clinton. Last year, President Obama won 73% against Republican Mitt Romney, a better showing than the president's 71% support among Latinos, according to exit polls.

How's that outreach thing workin' for ya, GOP?


Asian-Americans Solidly Prefer Democrats



No rainbow for the Republicans.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Asian-Americans -- who were a key part, if sometimes overlooked, of President Barack Obama's 2012 electoral coalition -- solidly back the Democratic Party, with 57% identifying as or leaning Democratic, compared with 28% identifying as or leaning Republican. Thirteen percent are "pure" independents. However, the data suggest that a substantial portion of Asian-Americans are not entirely wedded to either of the major political parties: 46% first describe themselves as independent or other, and only when asked if they "lean" Republican or Democratic does the Democratic Party garner its majority support within this group.


Republicans did not perform well among Asian-Americans in the 2012 election, losing this group by an estimated 72% to 26% margin. Asian-Americans make up a small but growing portion of the total electorate, probably 3% in 2012. While both parties and the media have focused highly after the election on the similarly Democratically skewed Hispanic vote, these data are a reminder that the Republican Party suffers from a competitive problem with this minority bloc as well.


Video- O'Reilly 'Asian People Aren't Liberal By Nature' Because 'They're Usually More Industrious And Hard Working'




Headline O' the Day-- "New U.S. House: Women and minorities to the left; white men to the right"


Yesterday I was very proud to post PhotOH! The most diverse Congress in U.S. history.

Today I spotted this headline at

New U.S. House: Women and minorities to the left; white men to the right

That just about says it all.

The contrasts between the parties' platforms is stark enough, but the visuals are also stunning:

On the Democratic side: Women and minorities -- a coalition that, along with young voters, largely helped re-elect President Barack Obama -- collectively will for the first time in the nation's history outnumber white male Democrats.

On the Republican side: The majority of the House seats will be held by white men -- a group which far outnumbers the now dwindled numbers of House GOP women and minorities after the losses of two minority members and about a half dozen women from that caucus.

Back in 2010, I posted a segment of The Rachel Maddow Show that is worth a second look, VIDEO- Rachel Maddow Show: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

The GOP better stop ignoring demographics and take a look at today's America, because, despite their denials, yesterday's America is gone. And at this rate, the Republican party will be, too.


PhotOH! The most diverse Congress in U.S. history


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Think Progress has a great post with a great graphic. Above is the graphic, here's the post, and here's a hint of things to come:

... 4 new African American representatives, 10 new Latinos, 5 new Asian Americans and 24 women in the House or Senate... the first two Hindu congresspeople, the first Buddhist senator, and the first non-theist to openly acknowledge her belief prior to getting elected... 4 new LGBT congresspeople or senators, including the first openly bisexual congresswoman and the first openly gay congressman of color...

This election was one of the most rewarding in my lifetime.


Asian-American lawmakers demand apology from Rush Limbaugh


Remember when Rush Limbaugh did his unbelievably offensive impression of China's President Hu Jintao?

Here's what he said after he got slammed by those of us who thought he was exhibiting unusually blatant, racist putzitude:

The next day, Limbaugh said he "did a remarkable job" of imitating China's president for someone who doesn't know a language spoken by more than 1 billion people.

And then he compared himself to Sid Caesar. Sid Caesar! I teach comedy, including the history of comedy/comedians. I know a lot about, and have met, Sid Caesar. You, sir, are no Sid Caesar.

Apparently, Asian-American lawmakers agree, and then some:

California state Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, is leading a fight in demanding an apology from the radio talk show host for what he and others view as racist and derogatory remarks against the Chinese people.

Yes, Yee wants an apology "at the very least."

Yee has been joined by Asian-American state and federal lawmakers who say Limbaugh's comments are inciting hate and intolerance amid a polarized atmosphere. A number of civil rights groups, including Chinese for Affirmative Action, Japanese American Citizens League and the California National Organization for Women, have joined Yee in calling on sponsors to pull advertisements from Limbaugh's program.

Those sponsors include Pro Flowers, Sleep Train and Domino's Pizza. Hint, hint.

Now people are concerned about Yee's safety, especially in light of the Arizona shootings:

Shortly after condemning Limbaugh's remarks, Yee said he received racist death threats to his San Francisco and Sacramento offices. The lawmaker also received a profanity-filled telephone message Thursday.

So much for that little civility experiment.

Much more here.

H/t: barelyberlee