Religious conservatives become defensive at any suggestion that they’ve had something to do with the GOP’s erosion. And, though the recent Democratic sweep can be attributed in large part to a referendum on Bush and the failing economy, three long-term trends identified by Emory University’s Alan Abramowitz have been devastating to the Republican Party: increasing racial diversity, declining marriage rates and changes in religious beliefs.
Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can’t have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.
With the exception of Miss Alaska, of course.
Even Sarah Palin has blamed Bush policies for the GOP loss. She’s not entirely wrong, but she’s also part of the problem. Her recent conjecture about whether to run for president in 2012 (does anyone really doubt she will?) speaks for itself:
“I’m like, okay, God, if there is an open door for me somewhere, this is what I always pray, I’m like, don’t let me miss the open door. Show me where the open door is… And if there is an open door in (20)12 or four years later, and if it’s something that is going to be good for my family, for my state, for my nation, an opportunity for me, then I’ll plow through that door.”
Let’s do pray that God shows Alaska’s governor the door.
If she thinks she got hate mail after thelast time she tangled with assholes …
But seriously, this is the same sort of thing. They’re just NOW figuring out that keeping a beaten, starving, semi-rabid Siberian tiger chained to their back door and going out each day to taunt it with a chihuahua on a stick is a bad idea? Just NOW? After it’s bitten their arms off? Now they’re looking at the bloody stumps going, “Huh. That was dumb of me?” Now they figure this out.
I predict in about a week Parker will write another column about all the hate mail she got calling her every name in the book from supposed “Christians” and say that she is very shocked that people who call themselves Christians can behave in such an un-Christian manner. Anybody wanna take that bet? Same as the MoDo convention bet: Five bucks.
Of course, she’s still a Republican:
But, like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised has already occurred, which is why he won.
Among Jewish voters, 78 percent went for Obama. Sixty-six percent of under-30 voters did likewise.
We’d have won this time if it wasn’t for all you meddling bi-racial Jewish kids!