If you’ve turned on the TV, and flipped through your various cable news programming. You’ll see something akin to a pig-flying or Ann Coulter riding a unicorn bareback (the mythical horse, not the spawn of Satan) waving a gay pride flag. Republicans’ latest interactions with the public and the media have illustrated a willingness to compromise. You can notice a slight cringe going through the Republican ranks when they hear the dreaded “C” word, similar to Ron Weasley hearing Voldemort’s name. In all seriousness though, if anything, this election depicted one irrefutable fact, that most of the electorate agrees on, political gridlock is good for no one, not matter what party one is affiliated with.
I heard a lot during the days leading up to the election by Republican candidates and various Faux News pundits, excuse me, Fox News pundits that President Obama absolutely detested any and all measures of working across the aisle with Republican candidates. Well the people have spoken, and we’re completely allergic to bullshit
Here’s the conundrum the GOP currently finds itself in: their party platform alienates the fastest growing demographic in the country and generally speaking discourages a growing progressive-minded electorate from voting in their favor.
To give you a visual example I made the graphic below (it took me a while so cherish it) to illustrate the political ideologies of the American electorate, which dictates what political rhetoric is said and when.
This bell curve has Democrats on the left and Republicans on the right. The extremes of each party is at the farthest direction of their respective side, and this is exactly who votes in primary elections. Which is why you seen two totally different Mitt Romneys. You have to appeal to the base of each party when your running for their nomination because of three key reasons: 1) Most importantly, the nomination 2)Campaign fundraising 3)These are the people who will volunteer and staff your campaign in their local areas. So Mitt ran as far right as he possibly could to win the party nomination to appeal to the base, but there in lies the problem. When the general election comes around and it gets closer and closer to E-Day, candidates try to depict themselves as moderate, because moderates and undecided voters make up a majority of the electorate’s composition. Those on the left and the right of that majority are “safe” votes because they will vote for their party’s candidate 99.9% of the time, but the candidate that is able to capture more of that “middle” section, wins the election.
So general election Mitt and primary Mitt offered two contradictory messages. General election Mitt loved the middle class, hated war, and apparently thought FEMA was great. Primary Mitt hated gays, wanted to bomb the Middle East into oblivion, and advocated turning FEMA over to the private sector. Yeah, that’s right, the private sector, who would have an inherent interest in putting profits before people suffering in disaster stricken areas. Apparently, he thought we forgot so his “Super Storm Sandy Relief Rally,” where his staff bought $5,000 worth of canned goods to be distributed to people walking into the rally to be given to Jersey’s Savior, Mitt Romney, even though the Red Cross strictly asked for money, which we all know he’s short on from his humble background. Ok, back on track, the extremist mentality of the Republican candidates ultimately lost the election.
Also, the Republican party needs to expand its platform to tailor to the demographics of the country. Latinos are the fastest growing demographic in this country, and they’re making up more and more of the over all total population. In 2000 the Latino demographic was 12.5% of the US Population, in 2010 it was 16.3%. Do you really think a demographic that roughly makes up one-sixth of the total population would vote for a candidate from a party that has completely alienated them with harsh legislation and general disdain? Well, the answer was pretty clear, they would not. Obama took 71% of every Latino vote.
So, the Republican party has a real crisis on its hands if it wants to remain a part of American politics. They simply cannot continue down their current course or they will splinter, wither, and just be a distant memory similar to waking up in the morning remembering you had a bad dream, but completely forgetting what it was about. You just know one thing, you don’t want that dream again. So the Republican party has to wake up, and it seems they’re doing that. Unfortunately, I’d like to see them stay on their current path. It pretty much assures a win for us good guys, and hysterical meltdowns from people like Karl Rove and Donald Trump.
How they fix this, I’m not sure, but hopefully this wake up call leads to the fall of the Tea Party dominated GOP because the American people need progress, not a return to the social battles of the 1950s.