As immigration reform grinds its way through the U.S. Senate, the main focus has rightly been on the legislation´s policy consequences. But there are important political implications, especially for the GOP, that are worth examining. Some observers, including Phyllis Schlafly, Pat Buchanan and the Center for Immigration Studies, argue that if Republicans want to win back the White House, they should focus on white voters (who comprised 72% of the electorate in 2012) rather than worrying about Latinos. After all, new Census Bureau estimates are that 100,042,000 whites voted in 2008 but only 98,041,000 did in 2012.
Comments: Rove´s right, but I´m thinking Rick Perry as a VP candidate could help. He pulls a lot of Hispanic votes in Texas when he runs.
`Even if this was true and i don´t think it is Rove´s only taking about a typical turnout while ignoring the 10´s of millions of lazy white people who don´t vote.There´s more than enough people in that pile to win but there needs to be a big spark to get them to the polls.
Even if that is living in Fantasyland,so is the idea of co-opting Hispanic votes. If republicans voted tomorrow to give blacks billions in reparations,,80% of them would still vote for dems in the next election.
You will never ever out placate the left when it comes to sucking up to their sub groups. These people are hopelessly brainwashed and not open to change.
2010 proved we can win on a broad scale without hispanic votes but there was motivation in that election,namely Obamacare.
The SC decision on Obamacare really killed right wing enthusiasm for 2012 and we have to regroup.
If the "republican" party is the white party, I´d say they haven´t been doing anything to attract the white vote. And that includes mccain and romney. Both political parties seem intent on appealing to minorities who seem to be, predominantly, on welfare, no education and a lot of illness, and are frequently "in touch" with the law. With this ruling by the court, I´m assuming the republican party will swing even further to the left. A week after last fall´s election, when the pubbies started sounding exactly like dems (whereas before they were sort of like dems)I switched my registration from republican to undeclared. I wonder how many others have also done this.
I´m sorry, Karl, but what the hell does skin color have to do with the rule of law? Do them stupid white people have to adjust what is legal or illegal because a certain group can´t follow the law? Karl tells us that,"The reality is that the nonwhite share of the vote will keep growing" and that "If the GOP leaves nonwhite voters to the Democrats, then its margins in safe congressional districts and red states will dwindle—not overnight, but over years and decades." If the Republicans follow your advice on immigration reform, Karl, it WILL BE OVERNIGHT! What am I missing here?
Romney only got 60% of the white vote. The GOP wanted Obama to win. NPR even said it was much better for Boehner that Obama won. Karl Rove is where he is in print and on TV because Rupert Murdoch wants him there. Rupert Murdoch and the Bush people on his news channel agree with democrats about major issues of the day. End of story.
I´m so sick of ethnic politics. We´re all Americans. No matter what ethnic group we are in we all have the same problems. Why can´t politicians quit dividing us all? It´s impossible to please everyone. Give us your heartfelt beliefs about what you want for the country and let the best man win.
Romney listened to Rove & lost. Romney should have included the tea party, Ron Paul & made his tent bigger....be more inclusive. Not one tea party member or Ron Paul supporter was at the convention. Rove, go away & get some new people to run the party.
A patronizing article that smacks of high brow racism. If Policies are grounded in Principles and are designed to BENEFIT all Americans and America then the voters skin color should not be of importance. BUT no Rove and others have fallen into the trap of playing identity politics.
Well congratulations Rove, you have earned the title of Architect of the Destruction of the Republican Party.
Rove let´s stop calling this ´immigration reform´. We are not ´reforming´ anything. This bill simply rewards millions of criminals who snuck into the country illigally so they can jump on the welfare/Obamacare bandwagon under the very mistaken belief that we can turn them into Republican voters. Is that what got Schumer and Reid charged up? This stupidity is going to guarantee our downfall.
Yes #7, Rove will be around as long as there are those who insist on giving him column space as well as those who would sully the salon with his sophistry and soft bigotry of low expectations for the conservative movement.
Many people are focusing on #14´s concluding statement. However, the main point that #14 made is the important one. If the Republican Party wants to play a meaningful role in the future of the country, the leaders of the Party need to stop worrying about what policy positions will win elections and focus on what policy positions are in the best interest of the country.
The GOP could pick up all the votes it needs by standing up for blue collar workers, instead of helping Democrats pass immigration reform.
It´s not a difficult case to make. Illegal immigrants are not a constituency. In their own country, American workers should not have to compete for jobs with an imported underclass. Shame on any politician who supports immigration reform when American workers are struggling.
Rove is full of Bovine Scatology. 2012 election Demographics shows a 38/32/29 distribution of D/R/I voters. The D and R distribution by Party is even - 92/93 percent voting for their candidate. In Independents Romney beat 0bama by more than 5 points. He should have won were it not for the drastic 38/32 spread between Democrats and Republicans. The Rs felt betrayed and did not show up in numbers. That is the ONLY reason. There are more than enough hard working, tax paying. patriotic citizens out there to win elections at least in the immediate future. You have to go out and get them. Installing RINO voter repellents at the top of the ticket is senseless self immolation.
Karl Rove and others who accept the premises of identity politics may be right. It may be that "white" and "non-white" or "people of color" are fixed political categories - that white people think and value and believe in and want one thing, while non-white people think and value and believe in and want something else. It may be that the only way to win elections is for politicians to recognize and obey this reality.
I hope he and others who think this way are wrong - but even if they are right about identity politics, they are wrong about something more fundamental. If the GOP must abandon or modify its core values beyond recognition to remain viable, it no longer has a raison d´etre. It might as well skip the intermediate stages, cut to the chase, and merge with the Democratic party and be done with it.
Political operators and consultants have their place - but they are not the people to talk to about the fundamentals. One might call them pragmatists, realists, relativists or even nihilists. PR and marketing is perhaps the best description. But it is one thing to advertise a product and quite another to make the product itself. It is not always clear that people like Rove are mindful of this distinction.
Winning is not everything. Losses can also serve, as long as principles are upheld and the lamp of truth remains lit, however dimly. When principles are sacrificed and the lamp extinguished for reasons of political expediency, winning becomes a doubtful victory.
Another example of a broken clock being right twice a day. He managed to drag Bush across the finish line twice, but his assessments and prognostications on FOX are a joke. These corrupt "Political Consultants" are a significant part of the problem in Washington DC. If this was going on in the states where Hunting and Fishing are big, they would put a Bounty on this class of vermin. Corrupt Parasites.
The Hispanics are all about those bothersome social issues, and could be the bulwark of the party. But they see the Republican Party elite stabbing conservatives in the back at every opportunity and go for the handouts instead. No one respects a party without a spine.
Wishful thinking, but the vast majority of the current US citizen Hispanic voting population are poor people who vote for the Democrats because of the liberal stances that the Democrats always take on social issues such as "free" health care and a promised expansions of the US social welfare safety net benefits and services that many of those Hispanic voters and their families need to survive.
Rove talks about the great expansions of the Hispanic or Latino populations that have taken place in several Georgia counties. If someone were to look, they would find that most of that population increase consists of mostly poor illegal aliens who cannot now legally vote in US elections.
The Democrats want to turn that around eventually through the special path to citizenship contained in their amnesty bill, that would eventually offer the vast majority of those foreign born people US voting rights. Since most of those people are poor, have big families, and will obviously need access to the US social welfare net benefits and service to survive here in the future, you don´t have to be a brain surgeon to figure out that the vast majority of them, when eligible, will register as Democrat voters.
You also have to figure that the liberal Democrats ramrodding the amnesty bill would not be offering eventual US voting rights to tens of millions of foreign born people if they every thought that more then a very small percentage of them would have an epiphany and vote for the Republicans.
No doubt as currently structured the Republican Party is in deep trouble demographically, but handing the liberal Democrats tens of millions of new foreign born voters in the years ahead will really accelerate the Republican Party´s decent into political oblivion.
It’s long been said that Democrats and their supporters who cry “racism!” at everything that smells like opposition to their left-wing agenda are misguided, or in some cases, smear merchants who lack all credibility whatsoever (looking at you, MSNBC). Well, get a load of the T-shirt that this recently departed national figure – whose impeccable left-wing bonafides should never be doubted – has on:(Snip for photo)That’s anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela wearing a T-shirt that endorses getting an ID and voting in 1998. We’ll anxiously be waiting your apology. Oh wait, you won’t apologize, will you?
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