Dear Republicans, This is Not Your Parents’ White House
You needed this defeat, and very badly. Over the last four years—arguably much longer— you seem to have forgotten that white, heterosexual, pro-corporate, god-fearing, married men are not the only people who live and vote in this country. Last night’s election demonstrates in unimpeachable terms that your entire political strategy is obsolete, exclusive, and supremely shortsighted, a fact that we leftists have known for far too long. We’re happy to have confirmation.
According to unofficial exit polls published yesterday night by CNN the white- and male-electorate represented the only two voting blocs that favored your ticket. You won the white vote by 18 percent and the male vote by nearly 10 percent. The Obama/Biden ticket, by contrast, won nearly every other social demographic. With a quickly diminishing white electorate (77 percent in 2000, 72 percent today), you need to be open to coalition building and legitimate political compromise that benefits a far larger swath of the citizenry.
Your opponents won the African American vote by 85 percent, the Latino vote (the fastest growing segment of our population) by 40 percent, the Asian vote by 50 percent, the women’s vote by 10 percent, the under-64 vote by 10 percent, and the “moderate” vote by 14 percent.
Willingness to coalition build means not consigning 51 percent of the U.S. population—women— to three-ring binders. A willingness to coalition build means supporting an organization like Planned Parenthood that performs 750,000 breast exams and 770,000 pap tests annually to women nationwide. Coalition building means repudiating, as a party, the disgraceful and erroneous assumptions pertaining to female anatomy and physiology characterized by comments recently made by Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. Both Akin and Mourdock prove that you’re not only out of touch, but also largely ignorant of the emotional and economic cost of rape and unwanted pregnancies.
A study by the Guttmacher Institute found that unintended pregnancy costs American taxpayers approximately $11 billion annually. That’s billion, with a ‘B.’ And while these cases are not solely attributable to rape, unintended pregnancies disproportionately affect poor women of color. Is it any surprise that you basically failed to attract any of these voters?
With a quickly diminishing white electorate your party needs to develop a new strategy for meeting the changing needs of a changing population. This isn’t your parents’ “White” House. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.