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Republicans Need to Reach Minorities

Johnny L. Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 9:16 AM
I've heard the same thing from some Asian friends and I can't figure out why they don't "feel welcome." When I press them for specific examples, they can't give me any, or they point to some conservative event where someone in the crowd was insensitive. It makes me think that part of the real problem is a battle for first impressions in the media and schools. People are taught that republicans are racist. When a tea party event is covered in thew news there's always a narrative of "is the tea party racist?" That impression then taints all experiences and "feelings."
Jack2894 Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 11:07 AM
There is no question they do.
lshort Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:22 AM
Asian and black chemists in my lab have had the same feelings and experiences.
lshort Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:19 AM
I'm not a minority, but I am a woman, and I have often not felt welcome in the Republican party, not as who I am myself--I was a female soldier; I am a female science professional; I have sometimes been a single mother (between my marriages); I am a full-time-working mother. Many prominent Republicans routinely patronize and even outright insult all these categories, and very few prominent Republicans speak out against this. While many things about the Republican party appeal to me, the fact that a vocal minority of Republicans don't appear to value me and (this is worse) the majority of Republicans don't offer a counter-valuation (worse because every group has its share of jerks, but the going along with it?). Perhaps the Hispanic,
lshort Wrote: Dec 17, 2012 10:19 AM
I'm not a minority, but I am a woman, and I have often not felt welcome in the Republican party, not as who I am myself--I was a female soldier; I am a female science professional; I have sometimes been a single mother (between my marriages); I am a full-time-working mother. Many prominent Republicans routinely patronize and even outright insult all these categories, and very few prominent Republicans speak out against this. While many things about the Republican party appeal to me, the fact that a vocal minority of Republicans don't appear to value me and (this is worse) the majority of Republicans don't offer a counter-valuation (worse because every group has its share of jerks, but the going along with it?). Perhaps the Hispanic,

The biggest story of the past election was how President Obama’s team was able to get his interest groups to the polls and how correspondingly the Republicans feel behind on certain interest groups. It is clear Republican failed to capture the votes of Hispanics, Asians and other groups. So let’s take a look at where they are and what they need to do.

To discover what happened one has to look at what the Republicans have been doing and why they failed to attract certain voters. The first and most important point is not that they have failed policies or...