Divided nation, or changing electorate?
If you were to look at the electoral college map of the presidential elections from Nov. 6, you might think that America is a republican-dominated country.
But if you look deeper, you will quickly notice how far from the truth that assumption really is.
The demographics in America are changing. That cannot be argued.
Seventy-two percent of the electorate this year was white. This is down from 89 percent in 1980 and 74 percent in 2008. America is becoming more and more diverse, which is a good thing. But it’s not a good thing for the Republican party.
This election showed that minorities are important, especially for anyone who didn’t realize it before. America is diverse and the Republican Party is not adapting.
The GOP is, obviously, the party of the white folk. According to a recent article by Slate, 88 percent of Mitt Romney’s support was from white voters. Fifty-six percent of President Obama’s support came from the same group.
Romney carried a large portion of the white vote, but it obviously wasn’t enough. At this rate, the Grand Old Party will soon be no more.
This does, in some ways, seem like the nation is divided. But in other ways it does not. The division is between radical right-wingers versus everyone else in the country.
The Tea Party takes moderate Republicans who show signs of compromise and take them down in the primaries. Then these radical candidates join the discussion of general elections and sometimes win.
Luckily, a candidate who thinks pregnancy can be prevented if a rape is “legitimate” will not be gracing the halls of Congress with his presence.
And neither will that guy who said that pregnancy from rape is “something God intended.”
Voters are waking up.
In an election that had a Republican victory written all over it, President Obama not only escaped with a victory but clinched a strong majority of the electoral and popular votes.
This should be a wake up call to republicans all over the country. A party cannot survive by not branching out. When times change, people change. When people change, the parties must change.
And gaining support from voters who aren’t white will involve not only talking the talk, but also walking the walk.
In a sense, nothing changed in American politics on Election Day. The President is still Barack Obama; the U.S. Senate is still in democratic control; and the U.S. House of Representatives still has a republican majority.
But at the same time everything changed for the Republican Party. The American electorate has changed and it will continue to change. The only way for the GOP to keep up is to adapt and rid themselves of radicals with outrageous views. With the House still in GOP control, republican leaders can show that compromise is not a bad word. Instead of stalling every measure put forth by the president and the democrats, the GOP should extend a hand and meet half way.
That’s the least they could do.