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GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'

Posted by on May. 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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GOP problem: 'Their voters are white, aging and dying off'

By Halimah Abdullah, CNN
updated 10:13 AM EDT, Mon May 21, 2012
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New majority: Minority babies
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Births of nonwhites have now overtaken births of whites, according to the U.S. Census
  • Republicans face uphill battle in persuading Latinos to vote for their candidates
  • Shift is most pronounced in the South and Southwest

Washington (CNN) -- When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears before Latino small-business owners in Washington on Wednesday, he'll address a group whose explosive birth rates foreshadow a seismic political shift in GOP strongholds in the Deep South and Southwest.

"The Republicans' problem is their voters are white, aging and dying off," said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, who studies minority political engagement.

"There will come a time when they suffer catastrophic losses with the realization of the population changes."

Over the next several generations, the wave of minority voters -- who, according to U.S. Census figures released this week, now represent more than half of the nation's population born in the past year -- will become more of a power base in places like Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. That hold will extend across the Southwest all the way to California, experts say.

The coming political revolution could result in a massive changing of the guard on nearly every level of government, potential cultural clashes, and the type of political alliances that are now considered rare.

by on May. 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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NWP
by Guerilla Girl on May. 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Ha! And at least half of those folks are women too.

UpSheRises
by on May. 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM
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I think suggesting that an increase in minorities would change the power structure is naive and romantic view of our political system. The fact remains that elections are controlled by money, not voters.

nanaofsix531
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2012 at 5:01 PM
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I know and it makes voters feel like they have no say so in our elections.It is a shame but as long as money can buy the elections us little people are going to get the shaft.

Quoting UpSheRises:

I think suggesting that an increase in minorities would change the power structure is naive and romantic view of our political system. The fact remains that elections are controlled by money, not voters.


asfriend
by on May. 22, 2012 at 8:04 AM
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Quoting nanaofsix531:

I know and it makes voters feel like they have no say so in our elections.It is a shame but as long as money can buy the elections us little people are going to get the shaft.

Quoting UpSheRises:

I think suggesting that an increase in minorities would change the power structure is naive and romantic view of our political system. The fact remains that elections are controlled by money, not voters.


Yeah, because we would be so much better off, if poor people, with no real clue, controlled the elections.

Off topic - do you have even half a clue, how uninformed and idiotic that cartoon makes you look?

JakeandEmmasMom
by Gold Member on May. 22, 2012 at 8:10 AM

 It really isn't an issue yet, but it potentially could be.  Older people are one of the most reliable and powerful voting demographics there is. 

LIMom1105
by on May. 22, 2012 at 8:16 AM
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Not all the minority voters are poor and uneducated, not all the white GOP voters are well off and educated, so it's foolish to lump all minority voters in the poor uneducated category.

Like it or not, the GOP will need to change their tone towards minorities over the next 10 years or so if they want to remain at all relevant in politics. I'm amazed people don't see this.

Minority voters may not change the Republican establishment, but it will cause a shift in issues when minority voters overtake the "white" majority. This isn't a romantic notion, it's practical.
asfriend
by on May. 22, 2012 at 9:10 AM
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Quoting LIMom1105:

Not all the minority voters are poor and uneducated, not all the white GOP voters are well off and educated, so it's foolish to lump all minority voters in the poor uneducated category.

Like it or not, the GOP will need to change their tone towards minorities over the next 10 years or so if they want to remain at all relevant in politics. I'm amazed people don't see this.

Minority voters may not change the Republican establishment, but it will cause a shift in issues when minority voters overtake the "white" majority. This isn't a romantic notion, it's practical.

I don't see that at all.

Hispanics are the fastest growing minority, hispanics are naturally family oriented, hard working, independent,  and conservative leaning, a perfect fit for the Republican party.

Mamawto4
by Bronze Member on May. 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM
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 Political ideology is idea based, not skin color based.  It's ridiculous to think that minorities are automatic Democrats, and that whites are automatic Republicans.

Political ideology is a pendulum that swings both ways.  When one theory isn't working for the masses, the masses swing the other way until that theory doesn't work for them any longer.  What both sides really need to fear is a third party uprising, because both the dem and rep theories are now failing the masses.

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on May. 22, 2012 at 9:24 AM
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This is the problem with democrats. They continue to use race and ethniticy as a crutch.
asfriend
by on May. 22, 2012 at 9:25 AM
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Quoting numbr1wmn:

This is the problem with democrats. They continue to use race and ethniticy as a crutch.


But, it is all they have.

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