Bad news for Republicans and a sure sign that they need to either change their ways or risk being a regional party.
Here’s how that breaks out…
More than 6 in 10 Republicans today are white conservatives, while most of the rest are whites with other ideological leanings; only 11% of Republicans are Hispanics, or are blacks or members of other races. By contrast, only 12% of Democrats are white conservatives, while about half are white moderates or liberals and a third are nonwhite.
So will they continue to ignore the fact that our country is getting more diverse and appeal only to their base, or will they actually adopt a big tent strategy and lose some of the wedge issues?
I have my doubts that they’ll do that by 2010 because there’s not much more ground they can lose in the House and Senate so they’ll probably hold their ground for the most part. But those are local races. And come 2012, they could be in for a drubbing if the economy turns around.
So what’s the DNC doing with info like this?
Why, targeting red states that at one time seemed completely unwinnable, what else?
For instance…take Texas:
Obama lost to Republican presidential candidate John McCain by 11 percentage points and close to 1 million votes. Still, that margin is less than more than half of what it was when the state’s favored son George W. Bush was on the presidential ballot.
In his letter Monday, [DNC Chairman Tim] Kaine specifically cited Texas’ large Hispanic organization and the grassroots infrastructure put in place by the Obama campaign in 2008 as reasons the traditionally-considered red state may turn blue.
“In so many ways, I believe Texas is poised to move towards our column, just as Virginia has,” Kaine said.
Could it happen?
Well, did you think Obama would take Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and a district in Nebraska? And let’s not forget that McCain barely won in states like Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Missouri.
I’m just saying…