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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 03:37 PM
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For The Modern GOP, It's A Return To The "White Voter Strategy"

With Republican party leaders so constrained by ideological blinders that none of their positions is likely to produce gains among non-white minorities, especially Hispanics, the GOP is finding it has no real alternative but to revert to a "white voter" strategy.

To some extent, it's working. The party's opposition to President Obama's agenda -- particularly his cap-and-trade energy proposal and health care reform plan -- is resonating strongly with disaffected white Democratic voters. Republican grievances about Obama, combined with race-baiting commentary from the far-right ideologues who have become some of the most dominant voices of the modern GOP, have led to a precipitous drop in the president's approval ratings among whites.

It's all very reminiscent of the party's notorious Southern Strategy, which carried the GOP for decades. But that strategy backfired spectacularly in the 2006 and 2008 elections, and there's no reason to think it will work any better in 2010 -- especially given the ever-growing importance of the minority electorate.

In this respect, even if the GOP picks up a few House and Senate seats in 2010, many of the party's top analysts believe that it will remain mired in minority status through 2012 and beyond. Other analysts say it may even decline to the level of a minor regional party, with its only real strength in the South.

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WeDidIt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 03:39 PM
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1. This white boy don't vote for no Republicans.
Fuck those motherfuckers. They're out to make the rich richer, the poor poorer, and the middle class disappear.
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edbermac Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 03:42 PM
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2. A return?? When did they ever leave it?
:shrug:
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 03:47 PM
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3. I don't think the word "return" means what they think it means.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 04:01 PM
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4. The question then is can the white vote sustain them, particularly considering redistricting
Remember, we've got a Census coming next year. That will mean redistricting, and it will be done by Democrats. Wiggle a few of those voting precinct lines and all of a sudden maybe white guys can't hold onto power.
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