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Is Demography Destiny?

SD3 Wrote: Nov 14, 2012 12:03 PM
That won't happen for years. Until then just keep loading my SNAP card, make sure my kids get free meals at school, my rent and utility payments get made, and don't turn off my cellphone. We'll be okay. You think you run this country. You don't. That should have been really obvious to you last week, but maybe not.

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...