Rice: GOP has to address changing demographics of US

posted at 12:11 pm on November 9, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appeared on CBS’ This Morning to do what everyone else is doing — providing a post-mortem on what happened Tuesday, as well as a look forward into the GOP’s future. Rice also gave some insight into Syria, China, and spent quite a bit of time talking about what we need to find out about the terrorist attack on Benghazi:

National Journal picks up the thread of Rice’s arguments on demographics:

Rice said on CBS’s This Morning that many key GOP issues are broadly popular – fiscal responsibility and a strong national defense, for instance – but the Party is losing “important segments of the electorate” because it has not adjusted to changing demographics.

“The changing demographics in the country really necessitates an even bigger tent for the Republican Party,” Rice said. “What we have to do is appeal to those people not as identity groups, but understanding that if you can get the identity issue out of the way then you can appeal on the broader issues that all Americans share concerns for.”

Some have argued that this is a call for the GOP to pander on identity, but I agree with Ben Howe:

You cannot expect people to join your party without making an argument about how their policies and philosophy will make their lives better.  And that cannot be done from 30,000 feet, either.  We do very well explaining about how we are the party of liberty and individual empowerment, but what does that mean in the neighborhoods of urban areas with high unemployment and poor government services?  What policies specific policies have we offered on the ground that will positively impact the lives of those voters who went 70% or more to the Democrats?

That doesn’t mean adopting the Democratic platform.  It means putting conservative principles into concrete policy that acts locally as well as nationally.  We may have scoffed at the Main Street/Wall Street rhetoric of the Occupy Movement and Barack Obama, and we may oppose the “free stuff” policies that rhetoric services, but we can’t win these votes by simply decrying class warfare.  Tuesday proved that much.

Rice also talked about Benghazi, and had some interesting insight into what specifically we should probe.  She’s less concerned about the “shifting stories” the White House produced in the first two weeks, having been the customer of some shifting intel data herself during crises.  Rice says we need answers on why the Obama administration apparently ignored months of warnings about security in Benghazi, and especially why the White House didn’t respond during the attack itself.


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She hid Obama’s passport dossier in 2008, and voted for him.

She voted for him, again, and Monday quarterbacks.

Powell, the eunuch and user that he is, the man without a soul, is more honest.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Racism is alive and well and Obama and his further it like no others.

He is the most racist president, ever.

Schadenfreude on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

You cannot expect people to join your party without making an argument about how their policies and philosophy will make their lives better. And that cannot be done from 30,000 feet, either. We do very well explaining about how we are the party of liberty and individual empowerment, but what does that mean in the neighborhoods of urban areas with high unemployment and poor government services?

Well stated, Ed.

dedalus on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

How do you compete against santa clause?

Start competing lists of freebies.

Time to burn America, time to burn…

tom daschle concerned on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

No amnesty. Not now, not ever, unless you want a permanent Dem majority. GOP lost because McCain voters stayed home. The data clearly shows that.

SirGawain on November 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

The only message they’re open to is ‘free stuff’.

ElectricPhase on November 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

We do need to reach out to minority groups. Identity politics killed us this time and we have to be able to counter-act that effectively.

But stay true to our conservative values & principles in the process.

This is going to be a long journey.

MikeknaJ on November 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

How do you compete against santa clause?

Start competing lists of freebies.

Time to burn America, time to burn…

tom daschle concerned on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

The journey from being a recipient of government goodies to being a responsible citizen is a rocky road not often traveled.

22044 on November 9, 2012 at 12:16 PM

Boy oh boy does the GOP fall for the media writing the narrative or what? We’re told by the media within minutes of the election being called that the GOP needs to understand new demographics. There’s no serious look at data. This just shows that Condi is like 99% of the rest of the professional top tier political hacks. They don’t have a clue what they’re doing, and they are all too eager to let the media tell them what the rules are. Amazing.

SuperBunny on November 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

We do very well explaining about how we are the party of liberty and individual empowerment, but what does that mean in the neighborhoods of urban areas with high unemployment and poor government services?

What difference does it make when the media covers up the fact that the Marxists make these things exponentially worse so they can still get re-elected?

The Rogue Tomato on November 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

So the election loss was a setup by the establishment GOP.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I live in red Texas and blood red Tarrant County, cited always as the most Conservative. Our candidates for state senator were a Democrat woman and a Republican male pediatrician. We have straight Party voting and Dems never stand a chance here. Unless your opponent runs ads 100% on your opposition to abortion in the case of rape. 5-6 ads, all of them rape rape rape. Then Tarrant county voters quit the Straight party selection to elect every Republican but YOU. She won here.

Marcus on November 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Here come all the eSTAB Concervatives-in-the-back-repubs, running out to push for amnesty and only the Dems will get credit for it! It’s an amazing mass of stupidity, to dog pile onto this ridiculous point. We all know you eSTABS wanted to get amnesty for Illegals and you think you’ve hit on something. What your showing everyone is your collusion with the Dems in a range of different topics from Voter Fraud, to Benghazi to Fast & Furious and the list goes on! Anyone who doesn’t fight this Leftist Wing of the Republican Party is helping the Dems as much as the eSTAB repubs are.

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on November 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

More teachers unions, that’s what the GOP should offer.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I say we let the country go off the cliff and, when welfare checks dry out, see urban cesspools go into full riot mode. Then we get National Guard in and severely depopulate them. Demographic problem solved.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Let’s face it. If the media treated Obama like they treated Reagan, you’d see stories about the post-election layoffs and pictures of homeless people suffering on the news 24/7.

That’s what makes the difference, not how the GOP phrases its message. Even when the GOP phrases it right, the media twists it or refuses to report it.

The Rogue Tomato on November 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Boy oh boy does the GOP fall for the media writing the narrative or what? We’re told by the media within minutes of the election being called that the GOP needs to understand new demographics. There’s no serious look at data. This just shows that Condi is like 99% of the rest of the professional top tier political hacks. They don’t have a clue what they’re doing, and they are all too eager to let the media tell them what the rules are. Amazing.

SuperBunny on November 9, 2012 at 12:17 PM

I dont think they’re falling for it, they are part of the scam.

You see them suffer?

It looks almost like they planned it this way.

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Not this BS again. Just nuke the media already.

reddevil on November 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

How have the demographics changed since 2010?

When a party can’t turn out its own traditional voters…go after the other party’s? Is that the plan?

d1carter on November 9, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Rice: GOP has to address changing demographics of US

Translation: The GOP needs to offer minorities more free stuff than the Dems do.

Alberta_Patriot on November 9, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Dumb.

Question 1.

Appeal to whom and by what means…telling them what they want to hear and promise them what they want?

Question 2.

Reeeally?

Mimzey on November 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Romney ran on the assumption that the public understood that the free market system works better than a government controlled economy.

They don’t.

We need to teach them.

pervcon on November 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Changing demographics of this country = dumbing down of our society.

Maybe if we make a hilarious meme we can win back the youth vote. Give out free tampons and we can win the women vote. Get a really dark tan and we can win back the minority vote. And score an endorsement from someone like Justin Timberlake and we can be celebs.

Outside of all that, it’s going to take rock bottom for most Obama voters to consider switching to a conservative Republican candidate.

nextgen_repub on November 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

The key to Republicans getting elected is …..

THE BANDITO MASK
That’s right you too can get elected and reach the mexicans here illegally if you just look like them … here is the solution!!!

and coming soon … the Afro Mask

lm10001 on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

How do you reach people when 50% of them want free over freedom? And your message is one of personal responsibility and earning your own way?

kagai on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

See- here’s proof ! – CBS is not a tool for Ocommie…… they are reaching out to Republicans who need to learn to kove… to Condi…..never mind the revenge stuff Barky spews….

Kumbaya indeed, Biatches.

FlaMurph on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Colin Powell/Condi Rice ’16!!

If Condi is a lesbian, that is even better!

portlandon on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

NO AMNESTY.

El_Terrible on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

The ignorant parasite class is now the “new demographic”. Burn it down.

tommyboy on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

I agree, let’s stop illegal immigration, deport illegals, and stop the willful, purposeful changing of our nation.

Charlemagne on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

You cannot expect people to join your party without making an argument about how their policies and philosophy will make their lives better. And that cannot be done from 30,000 feet, either. We do very well explaining about how we are the party of liberty and individual empowerment, but what does that mean in the neighborhoods of urban areas with high unemployment and poor government services?

Ed, I totally agree but it will take someone completely fluent in conservatism which the GOP establishment seems to be against. So for now, I have and will not have any sympathy for the condition of these people. Elections have consequences and they can reap what they’ve sown. Unfortunately there’s gonna be a lot of pain for all of us.

RedInMD on November 9, 2012 at 12:23 PM

What policies specific policies have we offered on the ground that will positively impact the lives of those voters who went 70% or more to the Democrats?

If policy specifics and outcomes mattered, Obama wouldn’t have gotten re-elected. This is identity politics at it’s finest. I wouldn’t read anymore into it than that. Once Obama and his amazingly efficient propagandist are out of office, it’s back to politics as usual.

mazer9 on November 9, 2012 at 12:24 PM

More teachers unions, that’s what the GOP should offer.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:19 PM

I think everything should be unionized.

And an immediate ban on all fossil fuel. We can not wait!! We have to act!!

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

The problem is the power structure within the party.

Those in charge do not want to hear from anyone else, unless they hire them.

Too many stories of minority conservatives, offering their assistance on different levels and getting zero response.

Boehner is caving, not because he’s afraid of Obama, but he needs Obama to work with him, or else Ryan becomes de facto leader of House.

Same stumble Christie walked into.

They are dependent on the Obama to denote them as the power player, so the media will follow his lead.

If he doesn’t, then Ryan could fill the void this weekend and Boehner is an after thought.

McConnell doesn’t have that problem, because the Senate GOP is weaker.

budfox on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

We do very well explaining about how we are the party of liberty and individual empowerment, but what does that mean in the neighborhoods of urban areas with high unemployment and poor government services? What policies specific policies have we offered on the ground that will positively impact the lives of those voters who went 70% or more to the Democrats?

Point taken, Ed. My usual advice to City Mouse is GET THE HELL OUT! A country boy will survive. But that’s not always possible nor desirable. City mice subscribe to socialism more because it’s all well and good to talk about personal responsibility and consequences but who the hell left all this garbage in the street? Federalism is the answer so City Mouse can have his socialism without oppressing Country Mouse but the hordes of new immigrants don’t know what Federalism is and the native born don’t learn about it in school.

rhombus on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

You know what will endear minorities to the GOP? Being told they voted for Obama because they like free stuff and condescendingly making reference to Santa Claus.

It couldn’t possibly be that minorities voted for Obama for the same reasons that every state in mostly-white New England did. Nah, there has to be a more simplistic, patronizing explanation.

YYZ on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Free markets make everyone’s life better. Handouts make them dependent.

nazo311 on November 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

You cannot expect people to join your party without making an argument about how their policies and philosophy will make their lives better.

You’re dreaming Ed if you think they’ll listen. You’re fighting against culture and propaganda. Give conservative/liberty minded folks 25 years, control of schools, the media and you might have a chance. As it stands now? No way. You’ll just give the progressives (socialists) what they want.

The GOP shot itself at the convention when they told the “extremist” tea party and paulites to get stuffed. Oh they let them on the bus, then paid the driver to drive them around in circles. Watch the RNC and beltway boneheads chase their tail all in the name to pander to new party members. More free stuff? Thats a race to the bottom.

oryguncon on November 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

HA HA HA !

Sure, legalize them all. They will vote for the party that GIVES THEM the most. Guaranteed DEM rule – forever.

stenwin77 on November 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

WRONG!!!!!

You have to stop of free flowing shit to people who won’t work…..

Let em eat shit sandwiches!!!!!

redguy on November 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You cannot expect people to join your party without making an argument about how their policies and philosophy will make their lives better. And that cannot be done from 30,000 feet, either. We do very well explaining about how we are the party of liberty and individual empowerment, but what does that mean in the neighborhoods of urban areas with high unemployment and poor government services?

Why can’t a black person, or a hispanic, listen to what Romney said during the first debate, for example, about more jobs and more opportunity, and get that he means them too? I don’t understand what is meant by outreach…I see it said, but I don’t see any specifics. WE don’t separate out people into these disparate little interest groups like libs do…we talk to everybody as if they’re all Americans. What you’re suggesting IS indeed the Democrat way.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

You know what will endear minorities to the GOP? Being told they voted for Obama because they like free stuff and condescendingly making reference to Santa Claus.

It couldn’t possibly be that minorities voted for Obama for the same reasons that every state in mostly-white New England did. Nah, there has to be a more simplistic, patronizing explanation.

YYZ on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM


OBAMAPHONE

tom daschle concerned on November 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Free markets make everyone’s life better. Handouts make them dependent.

nazo311 on November 9, 2012 at 12:27 PM

That’s the plan…

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 12:29 PM

how about we reach out to the estimated 75 million pot smokers?

I’d call that an expansion

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

It couldn’t possibly be that minorities voted for Obama for the same reasons that every state in mostly-white New England did. Nah, there has to be a more simplistic, patronizing explanation.

YYZ

It sure as heck wasn’t because they saw more of their own being employed. Why did some of the groups with the highest unemployment vote for the guy who put them there?

Zaggs on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

What policies specific policies have we offered on the ground that will positively impact the lives of those voters who went 70% or more to the Democrats?

Ask most of these people which policy proposal of Bark’s they love the most and you will get either blank stares or something like “He said he would make things fairer!”

They voted for handouts, making some anonymous rich guy pay, and propaganda so stupid as to make rational people cringe.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Identiity politics have to be fought through television.

Not sunday talk shows. But Fox.

A bunch of white people on Fox are not going to attract outside majority white people.

Change the faces, not a token here or there, but the majority, and then you’ll get traction.

But, it won’t happen because they’ll lose older white voters.

So you need a new outlet.

budfox on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Condi=Bush=GOP fail.

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Rush is talking about this now, the ‘free stuff’, santa clause mention and having songs one is Santa Clause is coming to town on now! Funny!
L

letget on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

“The changing demographics in the country really necessitates an even bigger tent for the Republican Party,” Rice said. “What we have to do is appeal to those people not as identity groups, but understanding that if you can get the identity issue out of the way then you can appeal on the broader issues that all Americans share concerns for.”

This is fine, so is outreach. But another thing you need to address about this issue from the exit polls is that somewhere around 40% of Hispanics said they were voting specifically to support a Hispanic candidate. So unless you are going to nominate a token Hispanic you have lost almost half of them from the start. This doesn’t even address the fact that many have a socialist mindset based on their experiences in Mexico. They don’t see socialism as bad when they left Mexico but rather that the Mexican government is too corrupt and weak.

Rocks on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Ms Rice,
when you were sect of state the Left savaged you they used every racially charged cliche against you and that was perfectly fine with the black community.

Chew on that, Ms Rice.

ChunkyLover on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

nextgen_repub on November 9, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Those are all excellent suggestions. I have one more.
Make sure all future candidates have at least 1 tattoo and 1 piercing.. Preferably a neck tat or either a bicep wraparound of barbwire, or a high cheek tat of a tear.
Also some “just kickin’ back at home” interviews with candidates having Che’ displayed somewhere.

Mimzey on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

We have straight Party voting and Dems never stand a chance here. Unless your opponent runs ads 100% on your opposition to abortion in the case of rape. 5-6 ads, all of them rape rape rape. Then Tarrant county voters quit the Straight party selection to elect every Republican but YOU. She won here.

Marcus on November 9, 2012 at 12:18 PM

Sincere question: What is the conclusion you draw from this particular loss?

cam2 on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

It couldn’t possibly be that minorities voted for Obama for the same reasons that every state in mostly-white New England did. Nah, there has to be a more simplistic, patronizing explanation.

YYZ on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Have you ever been to East Coast? Some North-Eastern states – namely NJ, CT, PA, and to a lesser degree MA and NY – are chock full of minorities, all of them in heavily populated urban cesspools otherwise known as “ghettos”. You either pander to that money-hungry horde or end up in trash bin of politics.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You cannot expect people to join your party without making an argument about how their policies and philosophy will make their lives better.

Rubio did real well with non cuban hispanics in 2010 btw

Flapjackmaka on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

The irony is, most minorities are conservative anyway. As a black Republican – who also happens to be an atheist – this infuriates me. I can tell you that most of them didn’t vote for Obama because they agree with his stance on global warming, abortion, and gay marriage. They voted for them because he looks like them and so does his family. You want to counter that? Run a qualified minority on the ticket in 2016.

mazer9 on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

President Santa Claus will Feex all ower troubles.

Viva republicano suicide.

Keep talking RINOs.

PappyD61 on November 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Ask most of these people which policy proposal of Bark’s they love the most and you will get either blank stares or something like “He said he would make things fairer!”

They voted for handouts, making some anonymous rich guy pay, and propaganda so stupid as to make rational people cringe.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Exactly right.

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

YYZ on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Probably because he is clean and articulate, or because he was the second black president.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Rice: GOP has to address changing demographics of US

Rice is an idiot, the GOP has to address voter fraud or they will never win another Presidential election. Voter Fraud is and has been the Chicago Way for decades, now it is 100 percent the Democrat way.

SWalker on November 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Why don’t we just quit voting and let the legacy media pick our leaders? It would save a lot of money spent on all those useless campaigns…/

d1carter on November 9, 2012 at 12:33 PM

I love it when you guys live down to my expectations. The amount of undisguised racism on this thread is truly delightful. Do carry on, I’m enjoying this.

Ed, btw, makes some excellent points. Fortunately, most of you are too busy frothing to pay attention.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

FreeStuff, the path to Victory 2016™

TXUS on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The irony is, most minorities are conservative anyway. As a black Republican – who also happens to be an atheist – this infuriates me. I can tell you that most of them didn’t vote for Obama because they agree with his stance on global warming, abortion, and gay marriage. They voted for them because he looks like them and so does his family. You want to counter that? Run a qualified minority on the ticket in 2016.

mazer9 on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You honestly believe a qualified minority on the ticket will help? Look at how minority Republicans are treated now…they’ll be seen as sell outs (or worse).

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

shifting demographics surely needs to be addressed, but also, this. A record 70.1 millions people are on Medicaid, not even mentioning here Medicare. what the SCOAMF made sure of was adding more people to the entitlement programs to secure their electorate and now we’re left with this humongous mess, while no new jobs are created. how long can we continue to pay for these people on these programs?? not only that, but it creates a culture of abuse of these programs, a (used to be) good friend of mine in NY who is a web designer and can get a good full time job any time of the day with any organization or company (he is very talented and has tonnes of skills), prefers not to and mull the system instead, which is he freelances, he makes pretty good money that way, declares close to 0, so he doesn’t pay much if anything in taxes, and uses Medicaid and every single program he can by showing small income on his official slips. and he pays mortgage for a 500,000 USD 2-storey apt in NY, he sublet one level of it, and between the rent he’s getting from subletting, his welfare (medicaid a.o.) abuse and his no-tax freelancing, he’s living the life, never once in his life held a meaningful job, or tried to create something beneficial for himself and his family by using his real skills and the good education that he has, other than using the system. And he is young and able, and he’s no disadvantaged minority, and yet he plays this game and there are millions who do and I don’t even know how you stop this sort of things. What I find strange is that we keep going on and on and on about Europe and how terrible their welfare ‘model’ is, but I am looking at numbers comparatively, and we are Europe, if not worse in certain areas when it comes to these benefits, because our population is more massive than Europe’s and more and more people are added to these programs. Greece is not just a scare word, it’s a reality.

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Seriously, how did the left treat the whole Clinton affair? Blatant hypocrisy during the height of the sexual harassment 90s. But those feminists supported their guy and anyone who objected just hated blow jobs.

Keep chasing your tail folks.

oryguncon on November 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

You know what will endear minorities to the GOP? Being told they voted for Obama because they like free stuff and condescendingly making reference to Santa Claus.

It couldn’t possibly be that minorities voted for Obama for the same reasons that every state in mostly-white New England did. Nah, there has to be a more simplistic, patronizing explanation.

YYZ on November 9, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I live in mostly white New England. that is exactly why they voted for Obama too. Most jobs here now have some relation to government even if indirect and that is how people see thing. Government is the big moneybags, employer and purchaser. Many talk of nothing but how to get more federal dollars. They hardly make a move in the schools without making sure it won’t effect the flow of federal money no matter how little that is in comparison to their total budget.

Rocks on November 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

The key to this is to show people that individual liberty will make their lives more dignified. We have to show the government as the predatory, greedy, wasteful beast it is. Show people that we have new ideas to help them out of their dependency (which = weakness) and help them join productive society, which = power and respect.

They think they’re victims of the rich. Show them who they’re really victims of– an uncaring, inefficient, chew-you-up-and-spit-you-out government.

gatsbysgirlontheside on November 9, 2012 at 12:36 PM

How about importing tens of millions Chinese?

Why keep them out?

Just thinking outside the Box…

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Pffffttt…I want the changing demographics to adjust to us.

We did not become the most powerful nation on earth with the guidance of Alinsky, timidity in enforcing laws and self flagellation.

Even the dumbest righty poster knows that.

Count the Pfffttt as my typo for this one.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

The amount of undisguised racism on this thread is truly delightful. Do carry on, I’m enjoying this.

Ed, btw, makes some excellent points. Fortunately, most of you are too busy frothing to pay attention.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

I for one love half white people

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Wait, is this that gangnam technique I keep reading about?

rogerb on November 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

We also should invest major time explaining the zero-sum fallacy.

gatsbysgirlontheside on November 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.

Sorry, Condi. I like you, but you’re dead wrong on this one. I am a young voter and I voted (grudgingly) for Mitt Romney. I voted for him because he was the only chance of beating Obama, and nothing more. During the GOP primaries, I had issues with all of the candidates, but my vote went to Ron Paul despite some of his questionable stances.

Nevertheless, as a college kid who regularly sees and hears what the youth of America feel, the answer is not to pander to various minority groups. The youth in America (those paying attention) are worried about deficits and debt, even more than the economy, itself. Young people don’t give a damn about giving grown adults goodies while they have to bust their asses with college and part-time jobs. The reason Mitt lost is because – from what I was hearing – he didn’t effectively state how he would cut the deficits and debt.

Mitt said he would end ObamaCare (splendid idea), but where else did he plan on cutting the budget? He wanted to increase military spending, made no real efforts in explaining entitlement reform, and didn’t enunciate tax reform properly. Young voters saw Santa Claus on one side, and a well-meaning business man who didn’t seem firm enough in his beliefs.

THE ANSWER IS NOT TO BECOME SANTA CLAUS.

Aizen on November 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

You honestly believe a qualified minority on the ticket will help? Look at how minority Republicans are treated now…they’ll be seen as sell outs (or worse).

Not really. In their eyes there’s absolutely nothing worse than a black republican. Still, that’s about as far as I would go to try to appeal to minority voters. Conservatism is color blind. We shouldn’t snoop to the level of democrats in an attempt to win elections.

mazer9 on November 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

How do you compete against santa clause?

Start competing lists of freebies.

Time to burn America, time to burn…

tom daschle concerned on November 9, 2012 at 12:13 PM

Thank you, tom, for that analysis. It, along with the general cynicism shown on this thread, gives me hope, because it shows that the people on this blog are not brain-dead pollyannas.

Rice’s advice is complete gibberish and is of zero practical benefit.

Rush Limbaugh gave the best post mortem by far of any pundit I have heard: “They outnumber us.”

Burke on November 9, 2012 at 12:39 PM

You honestly believe a qualified minority on the ticket will help? Look at how minority Republicans are treated now…they’ll be seen as sell outs (or worse).

changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

No they loved Clarence Thomas…

the_nile on November 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I love it when you guys live down to my expectations. The amount of undisguised racism on this thread is truly delightful. Do carry on, I’m enjoying this.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 12:35 PM

The people here aren’t as eloquent as Joe Biden, that dude you voted for. But I get what you’re saying, a few 7-11 references would go a long way to cleaning up this place.

Hey, you might be able to answer this: Is it possible to change the inflection and accent of a comment so as to appear more, you know, urban…because quoting Biden and Hillary without being able to add that cool patois is sort of a downer.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

I love it when you guys live down to my expectations. The amount of undisguised racism on this thread is truly delightful. Do carry on, I’m enjoying this.

Urban the Pope

LIAR! I never hide my racism!

The libs do enough of that for everybody.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Why can’t a black person, or a hispanic, listen to what Romney said during the first debate, for example, about more jobs and more opportunity, and get that he means them too?
changer1701 on November 9, 2012 at 12:28 PM

Because his failure to campaign for their votes, combined with his infamous 47% remarks to his donors, made it pretty clear that he did not mean them too.

cam2 on November 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Previously, the legal immigrants to this country contributed
to the success of the country. They were proud to be Americans.

Today, the legal and illegal immigrants only come to take. Now
they are proud to back Obama who was endorsed by Al Qaeda.

The republican party is not the problem. The gimmmee, gimmmmeee,
crowd is the problem.

If John F. Kennedy was running today he would have been run out of town for saying, “Ask not what your country can do for you. but what you can do for your country!”

Pandering to these morons will only escalate the financial burden
they have put us in.

Amjean on November 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

THE ANSWER IS NOT TO BECOME SANTA CLAUS.

Aizen on November 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM

the answer is to legalize weed – smokers are the next Civil Rights cause

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

“The changing demographics in the country really necessitates an even bigger tent for the Republican Party,” Rice said. “What we have to do is appeal to those people not as identity groups, but understanding that if you can get the identity issue out of the way then you can appeal on the broader issues that all Americans share concerns for.”

gobbledygook!

People are going to continually over-analyze this. Why is everyone acting like it’s so damn complicated?

You can’t fix stupid and you can’t compete against Santa Claus.

52% of the voting public are 3rd world ignorant now. We as a nation are engaged in a race to the bottom.

HotAirian on November 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Romney did not have enough differentiation – Too many average voters just viewed him as a typical politician, and electing him wasn’t going to matter – Issues like Obamacare were effectively taken off the table.

The media calling the last two debates “draws” gave the impression that there is not a much of a difference between the candidates to the 60 million+ voters that never actually watched a debate. Mitt let Obama off the ropes after the first debate, and the challenger can’t let the fight go to the judges’ cards. A KO is a must. Reagan hit Carter hard from the day he announced his candidacy in front of the Statue of Liberty,and never let up – Nice doesn’t work

Couple that with $100+ million of negative advertising in swing states that went unchallenged. And amount of ad-time purchased was probably effectively more than what $250 million would buy in the fall, given it was bought well in advance, at lower summer rates

Add to this a failed, untested GOTV program… (am I correct to understand that ORCA was completely new and not nationalized version of the Preibus/Walker WI GOTV program?) – and what was worse is the poor planning left thousands of precincts without poll watchers- think Philly were precincts had 90%+ turnout with 98%+ of the votes going to Obama

Couple that with the fact that large swaths of people who might be upset about the real nasty stuff that Obama has done over the past 4 years never heard about it because of the MSM blackout…

Liberty cannot survive without vibrant, challenging media… The blogosphere was simply pissing-in-the-wind versus television… The truth may have been coming out here, but not effectively nor in broadly disseminated manner…

phreshone on November 9, 2012 at 12:42 PM

the answer is to legalize weed – smokers are the next Civil Rights cause

Weed should be as criminal as alcohol is.

mazer9 on November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Then again, perhaps most people here are “typical white people”, that could be why there is so much undisguised racism.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Have you ever been to East Coast? Some North-Eastern states – namely NJ, CT, PA, and to a lesser degree MA and NY – are chock full of minorities, all of them in heavily populated urban cesspools otherwise known as “ghettos”. You either pander to that money-hungry horde or end up in trash bin of politics.

Archivarix on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You left out public sector workers. The region is overrun with them.

Mr. Arrogant on November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

Pick off the youth vote and appeal more to women. I don’t see much happening with current % of Hispanics increasing — not with professional groups like La Raza sowing the seeds of hate.

The kids might buy into libertarian and economic arguments more so than any other demographic. Maybe Peter Thiel can help out on this front.

Oh… and then there is Boris Johnson. He might have some pointers since he is popular with the kids in the UK.

Punchenko on November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

We have a naturally evolving melting pot, if you notice the large increase in couples of various races you can see that we evolve without the governments help. The problem with Libruls is that they don’t want to wait for the natural intergration of races. I know this from personal experience, I am mostly White and my girlfriend is Black. I am also over 50 so our relationship is seen as unusual but becoming more common place. The big difference is that we see eye to eye on most issues and I think most Whites share a very common set of values with both Blacks and Latinos (I am not leaving other races out just less of them to include). Why not start by talking about how we share values and our view for the future of this country. Lets all start now, talk to other races and share our views, show them that the Librul agenda does not benefit our Country. If we all do this we could sway the next election. Just my two cents.

Sven on November 9, 2012 at 12:43 PM

undisguised racism confuses liberals – they’re busy hunting for dog whistles

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

So what will HA be doing to attract more of those that we have so far ignored..? Hola!

d1carter on November 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Because his failure to campaign for their votes, combined with his infamous 47% remarks to his donors, made it pretty clear that he did not mean them too.

If a black person see’s himself as part of that “47%” they are a lost cause anyway.

mazer9 on November 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Well, another example if an acceptance of the Dem’s reading of his comments.

He said they would never support him.

Not that he wouldn’t help them or, more precisely, make a better environment for them to achieve their goals. Provided that their goals were working and getting ahead.

I could and would do more for them than the entire Dem party. I have more privately for poor and MINORITY individuals that Biden and O combined.

IlikedAUH2O on November 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM

So what will HA be doing to attract more of those that we have so far ignored..? Hola!

d1carter on November 9, 2012 at 12:44 PM

They added Facebook and now we get the insightful of Kunte on a regular basis.

Well ok YOU do, I’ve got the DoNotTrack going full time.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:46 PM

Bish, my friend, just spend a little time on the 96 bus early one morning, and you’ll sound like you we’re born in Chocolate City in no time. And, while you’re there, you can tell all the people who got up at 5am to go to their low-paying service industry and blue collar jobs, how lazy they are. That’ll get your boys some votes.

urban elitist on November 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Hey, you might be able to answer this: Is it possible to change the inflection and accent of a comment so as to appear more, you know, urban…because quoting Biden and Hillary without being able to add that cool patois is sort of a downer.

Bishop on November 9, 2012 at 12:40 PM

lOOOOOOL :)

jimver on November 9, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Limbaugh has it right. Ask all illegals to come foreward. Give each one automatic citizenship with all the bennies EXCEPT the right to vote…for 25 years. Dems wouldn’t touch that in a million years! It’s all about free stuff. “Give me your vote, and I’ll give you…pretty much anything you want.” How do you fight that? I don’t think you can.
I’m starting to agree with a lot of us who see all of this as Game Over.

mooseygoosey on November 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

O/T,
bho is to get his face on the tube for a speech at 1:05et. Wonder if he will be on time(he never has been) and if he will say the R’s in dc need to cave on everything he wants for the next four years?
L

letget on November 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

the answer is to legalize weed – smokers are the next Civil Rights cause

Slade73 on November 9, 2012 at 12:41 PM

If people want to light up a joint and get high, I couldn’t care less.

Just don’t expect me to support know-nothing bureaucrats (Obama) taking my taxpayer dollars and giving them to some moronic woman wanting a free cell phone.

Aizen on November 9, 2012 at 12:48 PM

Sincere question: What is the conclusion you draw from this particular loss?
cam2 on November 9, 2012 at 12:31 PM

I draw the conclusion that the majority of the religiously conservative DO NOT oppose abortion in cases of rape and it offends some to the point they are willing to see their party lose over it. I understand some are deeply opposed to abortion for rape. But the numbers are 80:20 for rape and incest, favor oppose. The Democrats aren’t stupid and will use it every time and you will see less and less Akins and Mourdochs because they are easily defeatable.

Marcus on November 9, 2012 at 12:49 PM

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