What's White, Crusty, Full of Holes And Aging Quickly? No, it's not that piece of Swiss cheese you dropped on the kitchen floor last week and have refused to pick up. It's not Senate minority leader, Mitch McConnell (well, he is all of the above).
It's the targeted demographic of the Republican party.
The GOP swept the white vote on Tuesday, but got their old white butts handed to them by the growing number of Latino, minority and women voters. Latinos went for Obama by 70%, African Americans by 95%, women by 57%. Now the question remains Why can't the Republican party attract these growing demographics?
Does the GOP attract racists? Is it the fact that instead of focusing on how to win Virginia, they were focused on controlling women's vaginas? Is it because they think a woman should pay more for health care because she has a uterus? Is it because they think a woman, who pays more for health care because she has a uterus, should also get paid less at her job because she had to miss time off of work to raise a child in which she had to have because Republicans passed laws that made it more expensive or illegal for her to prevent or terminate her pregnancy? Is it because the GOP tried to pass laws making it more difficult for people in the inner cities, people with disabilities and the elderly to cast a ballot? Is it because the GOP took a hard-line, mean-spirited approach to Hispanic-Americans and think they should use "self-deportation?" Is it because their nominee thinks 47% of us are moochers?
It's likely all of the above . . . The white population shrunk by 2% from 2008 while the Latino population grew by 2%. This trend will continue in the future. Florida is trending more Hispanic and more Democratic, as is New Mexico, Colorado, Georgia and yes, soon even Texas will fall as a GOP stronghold as the Hispanic population continues to grow.
Let's also look at the fact that the younger population still STRONGLY favors a Democratic ticket because of their socially progressive stances on womens' rights, gay rights and so on and so on... and the liberal youth of today, who think nothing of gay marriage and sexual equality will not simply fall off the face of the Earth, but instead continue to vote, and in larger percentages.
The phrase, "It's the economy stupid," should be replaced with the phrases, "Son los cambios demográficos estúpido," or "Es mi útero estúpido," or "Son mis derechos constitucionales estúpido," or "Take your stinking paws off of my rights you damn dirty SOBs."
There are plenty of reasons why Mitt Romney lost FOUR of the states which he was a resident of to President Obama (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Michigan and California) but it was really the GOP's regressive and insulting stances on social issues that cost them this election.
There is also the fact that there have been 359 GOP FILIBUSTERS since 2006, all but bringing the economy to a screeching hault in their attempt to make Obama a loser in this election. The GOP blocked everything they could: Jobs bills, more jobs bills, and yeah, more jobs bills, and stimulus money to return veterans, teachers, firefighters and cops to work for our communities. Instead, the GOP thinks we should all home-school our kids and arm them with a gun and a fire extinguisher to save tax dollars. Brilliant!
The demographics are trending Democratic and progressive, and if the GOP doesn't get their big, old, crusty, white noses out of womens' vaginas, our bedrooms, our marriages and our voting booths, the party will continue to lose followers, as well as national elections.