Try as Republican leaders might to foreground as many minority party members as they can find, the lack of racial diversity in the GOP is evident, and at least one prominent Republican lawmaker is becoming increasingly concerned.
“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told the Washington Post. “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
True enough: In a recent piece on the presidental election’s “racial calculations,” National Jounal’s Ron Brownstein noted that Camp Romney needs to secure a likely unattainable percentage of white voters for a chance to win in November.
“A GOP coalition that relies almost entirely on whites could squeeze out one more narrow victory in November,” Brownstein writes. “But if Republicans can’t find more effective ways to bridge the priorities of their conservative core and the diversifying Next America, that weight will grow more daunting every year.”
Ain’t it heartwarming to hear one of these Republican power brokers admit that their racist strategy, their commitment to reliance upon racist fears, is wearing thin.
That Republican “big tent” couldn’t house half my neighborhood. The half that ain’t Anglo.