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Is Demography Destiny?

brightontop Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 2:26 PM
That's been the biggest post-election surprise to me. The very attitudes and deeply held notions that lost the election are more pervasive than ever. If it didn't work the first time, keep doing it over and over and over.

Some media pundits see in the growing proportion of non-white groups in the population a growing opposition to the Republican Party that will sooner or later make it virtually impossible for Republicans to win presidential elections or even to control either house of Congress. But is demography destiny?

Conventional wisdom in the Republican establishment is that what the GOP needs to do, in order to win black votes or Hispanic votes, is to craft policies specifically targeting these groups. In other words, Republicans need to become more like Democrats.

Whether in a racial context or in other contexts, the...