Can the GOP Escape Its Bubble
Here we go again. Whenever I try to offer a little helpful advice to Republican leaders, I have grown accustomed to hearing from some cranky conservative or two who blow me off, saying they're "not about to take advice from a liberal like you" -- or words to that effect.
To which I am inclined to respond like the Jedi Master Yoda in "Star Wars": "That is why you fail."
After losing the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, the
You could hear that message as
He also called for fewer "stupid and bizarre" comments. I presume he was talking about such gaffes as failed
By now, no one should have to urge Republicans to reach out to Hispanics and other minorities.
He won non-Hispanic white voters, no problem. But he lost other major demographic groups. Had he only kept the same 42 percent of the Hispanic vote that President
With the looming possibility of permanent minority status, Republicans face a dilemma: How do they expand their base without alienating the hard-core, change-resistant conservatives who already are in it?
I think they can take valuable lessons from two examples. One is the
After two losses to Obama, maybe it's time for Republican moderates to reassert themselves and tell their right-wing base that, hey, the political center may not be sexy but it's better than oblivion.
My other example comes from Republicans at the state and local level who have succeeded in winning big support from blacks and Hispanics the old-fashioned way, by finding out what the voters want and helping them to get it.
"The best approach for Republicans to take is not through identity politics,"
Woodson offered as examples of racial-ethnic crossover success former
Years before he ran for mayor, Riordan, a successful businessman, had deep community involvement that included purchasing a new building and raising funds for
Goldsmith worked with local minority communities to make
"Seek a relationship that can blossom into a partnership," Woodson advised. "You can't just be strongly against something. You must give a vision of what it is possible to accomplish through conservative means."
Could such a relationship produce a new rising national
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