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There are a lot of ways to parse a loss like the one the GOP suffered on Tuesday, but what ought to be increasingly clear to smart Republicans is that there’s something fundamentally problematic in how they’ve gone about assembling their electoral coalitions. Conservatives are complaining a lot in the last couple of days that Obama ran a “divisive” campaign, I guess because he once called rich people “fat cats” or something, but the truth is that Republicans have been experts at division for a long time. Much of their appeal, at one level or another, has been “We don’t like those kind of people.” Sometimes it’s welfare recipients, sometimes it’s undocumented immigrants, sometimes it’s people who come from big cities or have too much education or enjoy a coffee drink made with espresso and steamed milk. They’ve been very good for a very long time at telling voters, “We’re…

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Mario Piperni on the Poor White Minority

It’s Not Hard to Figure Out Why Republicans Are the Losers

November 10, 2012 By

Via Slate’s Tom Scocca.

If you’re a Republican strategist with an eye on winning elections down the road, the above chart has got to be a concern. As Scocca points out, Republicans made the mistake of taking the perceived enthusiasm for Romney in the “white bubble” as representative of the electorate as a whole. That was a fatal error.

Simple minds like that of Bill O’Reilly’s believe it’s just a matter of Democratic voters wanting “things” and “stuff”.

[I]t’s a changing country, the demographics are changing, it’s not a traditional America anymore. And there are 50 percent of the voting public who want stuff. They want things. And who is going to give them things? President Obama. He knows it and he ran on it.

And, whereby, 20 years ago President Obama would have been roundly defeated by an establishment candidate like Mitt Romney. The white establishment is now the minority. And the voters, many of them, feel that this economic system is stacked against them and they want stuff.

You’re going to see a tremendous Hispanic vote for President Obama. Overwhelming black vote for President Obama and women will probably break President Obama’s way. People feel that they are entitled to things and which candidate, between the two, is going to give them things?

They really don’t get it.

Scocca:

The white establishment, undone by hordes of various-colored people who demand stuff. Even as he admitted the white bloc was too small to win, O’Reilly still saw the winning side as an undifferentiated counter-bloc, rather than a coalition of Americans.

Obama won the Latino vote, 71 to 27. He also won the Asian vote, 73 to 26. Those voters all look the same to the losers. That’s why they’re the losers.

And as long as the GOP chooses to listen to the O’Reilly’s and ignores the David Frums of the party, you can count on Tuesday’s election results being repeated every four years. I don’t agree with everything Frum says in the clip below (“Romney could have been a really good president“), but he does zero in on the biggest problem facing the GOP today with this line.

Republicans have been fleeced and exploited and lied to by a conservative entertainment complex.

In a majority white nation, Fox and conservative media have played a big role in exploiting xenophobic Americans into supporting the GOP. With the changing demographic landscape of the country, that same “entertainment complex” will be the downfall of the party.

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