Republican Problems are About More than Just Packaging
There was nothing particularly noteworthy in the size of
If you are a liberal, like myself, the year included such triumphs as the following:
-- The achievement of marriage equality, by popular vote, in three states -- the first time this has ever happened in American history.
-- The election of an openly lesbian senator, another historical first.
-- A concerted effort to erect a poll tax under the color of "voter ID laws" met not simply with the same level of African-American turnout as in 2008, but in several key states an even larger turnout.
-- The continued maturation of the Hispanic vote in a country of immigrants. The share of the Hispanic vote continues to grow, and is now a force.
-- A country whose prison system is a mockery of justice began the first efforts to stop jailing people for marijuana possession.
-- The consecration of the notion that running on rape -- à la
The response to this liberal sweep has been a fresh round of hang-wringing and self-assessment among Republicans. There is a great deal of talk about "appealing to Hispanics" and "appealing to women."
After Romney sought to explain his party's defeat by claiming that Obama had essentially bribed everyone who wasn't an old white dude with "gifts," Jindal told the Washington Examiner: "That is absolutely wrong. Two points on that. One, we have got to stop dividing American voters. We need to go after 100 percent of the votes, not 53 percent -- we need to go after every single vote. And second, we need to continue to show that our policies help every voter out there achieve the American dream, which is to be in the middle class, which is to be able to give their children the opportunity to get a great education, which is for their children to have even better-paying jobs than their parents."
But in the American system of democracy, parties are more than the politicians that front them, and their policies do not fall upon us like manna from heaven. Keen-eyed observers noted that in his interview, Jindal was very thin on what specific policies he'd change, preferring to talk about branding and tone. But at the end of the day, the
Romney didn't lose the Latino vote because of packaging. He lost it because he thought "self-deportation" should be elevated to policy and endorsed
If you believe that abortion is murder, and believe in a rape exception, then you necessarily believe in murdering children if their mother conceived through rape. My point here is that the problem is the belief itself. The notion that "abortion is murder" is, in itself, problematic. There's no way to gild what
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