Have you all seen the breakdown of demographics of people who voted to re-elect the President? He won overwhelmingly with young people, women and Latinos.
This break-down of demographics is very telling. President Obama won with the demographics that will ultimately help build a stronger coalition for the Democratic Party in the future. Young people, specifically, overwhelmingly voted for him, and as you know, these young people will become old people and they will most likely stay firmly Democratic (if this coalition stays consistent for one more election). That’s HUGE.
Also, gay rights are an important issue for young people and the GOP chooses to hate them. Young people think differently, and have a conscience. Many will not vote for a party of bigots.
The same goes for the Latino vote. As Republicans alienate this group, they will find that they will ultimately just alienate themselves. They are the fastest growing group of voters, and they can very well swing the election in the future. They will be key voters as states in the southwest begin to turn from red to blue. Texas, for one, is a state the GOP needs to keep an eye on. Heavily Latino counties ALL went for Obama. If the GOP let’s the Tea Party keep pull them too far right, Latinos will abandon them.
Finally, women. The rhetoric regarding women’s health and rights coming from key Republican players (including the VP) was DISGUSTING during the race. No female surrogate can make up for terrible comments that were made about rape and abortion. Not only were those statements morally reprehensible, but they cost Romney the election. And rightfully so.
If the Democrats keep this up, they are really going to change the political landscape in this country. I think this is a good time for Republican leaders to get together and reflect on the future of their party. As many have been saying, they’re on the wrong side of history and they are paying the price.