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Whole Foods Republicans [Big Tent?]
Wall St. Journal ^ | December 13th 2009

Posted on 12/13/2009 10:15:20 PM PST by Steelfish

DECEMBER 13, 2009

Whole Foods Republicans The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics.

MICHAEL J. PETRILLI

The Republican Party is resurgent—or so goes the conventional wisdom. With its gubernatorial victories in Virginia and New Jersey, an energized "tea party" base, and an administration overreaching on health care, climate change and spending, 2010 could shape up to be 1994 all over again.

Maybe. The political landscape sure looks greener than it did a year ago, when talk of a permanent Democratic majority was omnipresent. But before John Boehner starts measuring the drapes in the Speaker's office, or the party exults about its possibilities in 2012, it's worth noting that some of the key trends driving President Barack Obama's strong victory in 2008 haven't disappeared. Republicans need to address them head-on if they want to lead a majority party again.

There are the depressing numbers on young voters (two-thirds of whom voted for Mr. Obama), African-Americans and Latinos (95% and 67% went blue respectively). But these groups have voted Democratic for decades, and their strong turnout in 2008's historic election wasn't replicated this fall, nor is it likely to be replicated again.

The voting patterns of the college-educated is another story. This is a group that, slowly but surely, is growing larger every year. About 30% of Americans 25 and older have at least a bachelor's degree; in 1988 that number was only 20% and in 1968 it was 10%.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; benefits; bhohealthcare; wholefoods
Petrilli's key point is to win back college-educated voters.

"As less-educated seniors pass away and better-educated 20- and 30-somethings take their place in the electorate, this bloc will exert growing influence. And here's the distressing news for the GOP: According to exit-poll data, a majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008—the first time a Democratic candidate has won this key segment since the 1970s."

1 posted on 12/13/2009 10:15:20 PM PST by Steelfish
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To: Steelfish
Please...

Here is the "tell", same as it's been from the so-called "fiscons" for a decade or longer.

Even more important is the party's message on divisive social issues. When some Republicans use homophobic language, express thinly disguised contempt toward immigrants, or ridicule heartfelt concerns for the environment, they affront the values of the educated class. And they lose votes they otherwise ought to win.

Way to denigrate cherished values and misrepresent reality.

2 posted on 12/13/2009 10:24:15 PM PST by NucSubs ( Cognitive dissonance: Conflict or anxiety resulting from inconsistency between beliefs and actions)
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To: Steelfish

The only Whole Foods Republicans are a percentage of the people who shop there for the pure health of it without an agenda.

I suspect this is the majority of their shoppers. Think about it, how many people really buy groceries based on global warming really?

Whole foods food is expensive.

Alot of these people are going to become naturally republican when they see their taxes go through the roof.

I think 1/3rd of these people though are already on board, they may be fooling themselves into thinking this is a new category of voters when all this is the same voters categorized differently.


3 posted on 12/13/2009 10:24:17 PM PST by dila813
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To: Steelfish
The whole series of RINO Zero Dollar bills. Make sure you use them, send them to these idiots and make sure they know THEY are the ones that will be forced out, NOT us CONSERVATIVES!!!!

For the whole series of Zero themed art, go here:

"Flickr Archive of Zero Themed Artwork"


4 posted on 12/13/2009 10:25:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Steelfish
I think this is a load of hooey. There's no such thing as a "Whole Foods Republican", or at least not very damn many of them. Oh sure, these people make enough money to pay inflated prices for dopey merchandise at Whole Paycheck, but most don't work at real jobs. They are college professor's wives, and other government worker types for the most part. It kinda gives me the creeps to go into the Whole Foods in Boulder; I feel like I'm from a different country or something. At any rate, I'm a Costco kind of guy anyway, but did want to point out that I have actually stepped inside the doorway of a Whole Foods a time or two, so I know what goes on in them and who shops there.

The future of the Republican Party is with the tea partyites, or rather the future of the tea partyites is with the Republican Party. I would love to see all political efforts of these disaffected folks focused on hijacking the Republican Party and turn it back into a party that Reagan could be proud of.

5 posted on 12/13/2009 10:28:45 PM PST by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Made from The Right Stuff)
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To: Steelfish
"As less-educated seniors"

The author should have written "As less-indoctrinated seniors."

6 posted on 12/13/2009 10:30:47 PM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Steelfish
"...some of the key trends driving President Barack Obama's strong victory in 2008 haven't disappeared. Republicans need to address them head-on if they want to lead a majority party again."

Now that's really funny!

With these guys in charge of the GOP and the RNC writing letters?

"Who's turn is it...?"

7 posted on 12/13/2009 10:32:32 PM PST by Cobra64
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To: Steelfish

20 - 30 yr olds are far from better educated.
For many decades, especially since arond 1960, Public schools and universities are incubators for the Left wing.

Most do not have common knowledge of American and World history let alone common sense. I talk to this type everyday up to middle age and older with degrees.
A waste of their parents money.


8 posted on 12/13/2009 10:34:29 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Steelfish

>> embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics.

This is a great idea, but not a new idea, and not new to Conservatives.

Conservatism by nature, is nature friendly.


9 posted on 12/13/2009 10:35:58 PM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Steelfish
What is this obsession with Whole Foods Market? I've shopped their for years, way before any liberals I knew. People I know that shop there go there for non-political reasons. And the organic farmers I know are very Conservative.

Good health and good food is apolitical.

10 posted on 12/13/2009 10:36:08 PM PST by FTJM
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To: Cobra64

Those guys look like the Paulites who hand out 9/11 Truther material I see around.


11 posted on 12/13/2009 10:37:50 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: FTJM

I think the Paulites don’t like Whole Foods because the Owner came out against ObamaCare.


12 posted on 12/13/2009 10:39:12 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Steelfish
This MICHAEL J. PETRILLI who wrote the article is an idiot
Look at this quote from his article:

The same is true for Mrs. Palin’s inability to name a single newspaper she reads. If the GOP doesn't want to be branded the “Party of Stupid,” it could stand to nominate more people who can speak eloquently on complicated policy matters. “

Huh?
Hey, Mr MICHAEL J. PETRILLI, you condescending lame brain, Gov Plain had already written an article for the New York Times long before she was nominated by John McCain. Exactly how does one not know about newspapers when one writes articles for those sane newspapers? Everyone who writes for nespapers, raads those newspapers at least. Couric the COUGAR tart didn't do her homework.
This moron needs to read Sarah Palin’s book, and stop repeating Keith Olberman type talking points.

13 posted on 12/13/2009 10:42:17 PM PST by SmokingJoe
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To: Steelfish
A friend of mine, who is heavily involved in Republican politics, posted this article on Facebook in agreement. The county I live in is considered one of the top 5 conservative counties in the country. Needless to say I was disappointed.

The author, Mr. Petrilli, is an elitist. I about went through the roof when I read, "And of course there's Sarah Palin, whose entire brand is anti-intellectual."

What a self annointed RINO. Sarah scares him also. Generally better stuff comes out of the Hoover Institution than this crap.

14 posted on 12/13/2009 10:43:24 PM PST by GreyMountainReagan ("For Death is in charge of the clattering train")
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To: Steelfish

My own view is that every 8 to 12 years, the public will tend to elect a Dim based on their plattitudes and the public’s lack of remembering what they are like. After exposure to their policies, the public quickly reverts to their conservative nature. I think we are seeing that again this time.

Of course the consultants will want to come up with all sort of advice like go after people with progressive lifes styles but not progressive policy views so they can get paid. The last time I checked the GOP was not keeping anyone from joining their ranks even pro-card check New Yorkers. So maybe it is a matter of those who don’t care for progressive policies coming back to the GOP after seeing Obama’s leftism in action rather than the never closed to them GOP openning up?


15 posted on 12/13/2009 10:48:36 PM PST by JLS
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To: Steelfish

According to exit-poll data, a majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008”

Only 53%, and that was the perfect storm for dims. An economic mess, unpopular war and a pathetic republican ticket along with a media fawning all over their new found messiah. I’d say things look pretty good.

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“So how to woo these voters to the Republican column? The first step is to stop denigrating intelligence and education”

That’s just laughable. No one is denigrating intelligence and education. They’re pointing out the air of moral and intellectual superiority which envelops these central planners and masters of the universe who are largely responsible for the mess we’re in.

This is the same nonsense we were hearing a year ago about the pubbies having to purge the conservatives if they were to survive but now updated with a slightly different twist. If the Republicans will nominate solid conservatives who can articulate those principles we’ll clean house in 2010. Jettisoning principled moral standards to appeal to some emerging demographic is not the recipe for success but will shatter the base and will only lead to more lefties and bad policy.


16 posted on 12/13/2009 10:50:43 PM PST by bereanway (Sarah get your gun)
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To: SmokingJoe

Sarah has the last laugh with the thousands who came out for the book tour in lines overnight in Snow & freezing weather.


17 posted on 12/13/2009 10:52:37 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: SoCalPol

‘Paulites’ for Obamacare? What the hell are you smoking?


18 posted on 12/13/2009 10:52:43 PM PST by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: bereanway
"According to exit-poll data, a majority of college-educated voters (53%) pulled the lever for Mr. Obama in 2008—the first time a Democratic candidate has won this key segment since the 1970s."

What election in the 1970's is the author referring to? Jimmy Carter?

19 posted on 12/13/2009 10:59:35 PM PST by GreyMountainReagan ("For Death is in charge of the clattering train")
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To: SoCalPol

Too true. I am one of those who had recently graduated from college, and I can honestly tell you that I didn’t learn a thing in the classroom. Ethics was really environmental propaganda. International business discussed the evils of a free market and how it creates poverty around the world. I submitted a paper about the real reasons for poverty and it got dinged for being insensitive. College is a joke right now.

Out of curiosity, I have been asking recent college graduates the question, “Who was the second president of the United States?”. I still have not heard one person give me the correct answer.


20 posted on 12/13/2009 11:02:19 PM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

AS a Conservative Republican, my first choice would not be
liberals or close to it.
The Gratuitous pics on the thread are usually seen on the Paulite threads.
There is a better way to deal with this type of writer.

There were dozens of threads a few months back on FR
high fiving the owner of Whole Foods for his stand against
ObamaCare.


21 posted on 12/13/2009 11:03:08 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Steelfish

Huh? I’m college-educated, not particularly socially conservative (militantly conservative on economic and defense issues), live in the city, and wear fashionable high-heeled boots. I also love guns, endorse the Tea Parties, support Sarah Palin (who is a genuine intellectual without being a snob, unlike Obama, who’s a snob and a phony intellectual), and never shop at Whole Foods. What’s the point of reaching out to these “Whole Foods Republicans” if they’re so liberal they won’t even vote for McCain?

Oh, and supporting crap-and-trade is not a sign of “genuine luuuuvvvvvvvv” for the environment. Crap-and-trade will do NOTHING to protect the environment. It will ruin our economy, though. If the self-proclaimed “progressives” think crap-and-trade should be the litmus test for being invited to cocktail parties and praised in the New York Slimes...

Then again, make it the litmus test. It’ll show us who the sellouts and traitors are.


22 posted on 12/13/2009 11:04:12 PM PST by JillValentine (Proud White Hispanic, proud of my Spanish Caucasian heritage.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

You have common sense and live in reality.
You have been able to think for yourself.
You also have the PhDs beat.
Hang in there with your future plans.


23 posted on 12/13/2009 11:09:30 PM PST by SoCalPol (Reagan Republican for Palin 2012)
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To: Steelfish

You can win a special interest group only if you can persuade it that the cost of pulling the whole house down is not worth the bennies your opponent promises to get it by doing so.


24 posted on 12/13/2009 11:11:05 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America.)
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To: bereanway

Who said fire couldn’t melt steel? A liberal.

Who said smokestacks cause hurricanes? A liberal.

Who said there were 57 states? A liberal.

Who thinks 100% of climate change is caused by humans, despite the fact that the earth’s climate has been changing for billions of years, before humans were even around? Liberals.

Who thinks Obama will pay for their gas and mortgage? Liberals.

Who is always kissing the ass of militant Islam, the most reactionary ideology on earth? Liberals.

Who proclaims learning to be a “white man’s thing”? Liberals.

Who doesn’t know the basic facts about American history and the Constitution? Liberals.

Who often doesn’t even understand how evolution works, even if they claim to believe in it? Liberals.

Who thinks New Age kookery is a legitimate alternative to modern Western medicine? Liberals.

Who’s anti-intellectual? Liberals!


25 posted on 12/13/2009 11:17:20 PM PST by JillValentine (Proud White Hispanic, proud of my Spanish Caucasian heritage.)
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To: Steelfish

Maybe we need herbal tea parties too.


26 posted on 12/13/2009 11:20:20 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America.)
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To: Steelfish

bookmark


27 posted on 12/13/2009 11:25:07 PM PST by GOP Poet (Obama is an OLYMPIC failure.)
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To: Cheap_Hessian

My liberal sister-in-law likes to rub in my face the fact that she has a PhD and I only have a bachelor’s degree. I asked her who the second President of the United States was. She stammered for a bit and then said there were more important things to learn about than old dead slave-owning white guys.

I told her that John Adams was not a slave owner. Then I said, “What’s that on your face? Looks like egg.” Liberal witch PWN3D.


28 posted on 12/13/2009 11:27:44 PM PST by JillValentine (Proud White Hispanic, proud of my Spanish Caucasian heritage.)
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To: Steelfish
Whole Foods Republicans The GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace a progressive lifestyle but not progressive politics.>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

This is just more RINOizing hand wringing.

Whole Freedom Republicans the GOP needs to enlist voters who embrace freedom but not socialist defined materialist equality.

There , fixed it.

29 posted on 12/13/2009 11:43:26 PM PST by Candor7 ((The effective weapons Against Fascism are ridicule, derision , and truth (.Member NRA))
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To: Steelfish
The author must have been reading my mail. Literally. What began as a quiet, informal project involving a few dozen old timers has grown to where it has hundreds, probably thousands, of contributers. They are circulating all over the country. We looked at where the country would be in 2, 5, 10 and 15 years, given known facts, trends and likely trends. We paralleled with a question as to what the Party could do to shape that future and to create our own trends and to take advantage of existing ones.

Some people have started similar or derivative projects and they often overlap or duplicate but a broad consensus is that we are going after the educated middle. We are not after the brie and chardonnay crowd. We need something to run against and they are it. We want the kid whose dad was a truck driver and insisted that he go to college. We want Main Street.

The author touches some of the same conclusions that he have come to but still much of what he says is entirely new to me. The “Whole Foods” approach is an odd one. We looked at education levels region by region, state by state, county by county and we are going after the bright, young, ambitious people who have the intellectual curiosity to seek post secondary education. We don’t care if it is a year at the community college or four years at an Ivy. We are going toe-to-toe with the liberal establishment.

I don’t see Governor Palin as anti-intellectual at all. She has a way to go on the learning curve but it is not a serious obstacle. She reflects the country at large.

The liberal juggernaut is about to meet reality. We are going to be there to put the pieces back together again.

30 posted on 12/13/2009 11:44:23 PM PST by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: catnipman

There are Republicans in Boulder?

I lived there — all I met were Ph.D taxi cab drivers high on coke or trust fund kids who were pissing off their parents.


31 posted on 12/13/2009 11:49:47 PM PST by carolina71
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To: nutmeg

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32 posted on 12/13/2009 11:50:21 PM PST by nutmeg (Rush Limbaugh & Sarah Palin agree: NO third parties! Take back the GOP)
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To: JillValentine

Heh, that’s pretty funny. Your sister-in-law sounds like the stereotypical elitist.


33 posted on 12/14/2009 12:30:27 AM PST by Cheap_Hessian (I am the Grim FReeper.)
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To: Steelfish

We occasionally shop at Whole Foods when we get to a metro. The greenism and sanctimony, often on display, is kind of sickening, but they offer some nice produce, cheese and specialty items. We’ve never voted for a ‘rat, we just like good food, and are willing to pay for it.


34 posted on 12/14/2009 12:49:00 AM PST by SoDak (bitter clinger)
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To: JillValentine
Who says the Earth's core is "millions of degrees" ? Liberals.

Who said President Roosevelt got on TV in 1929 to speak to America about the stock market crash? Liberals.

Who covered up Stalin's genocide in the Ukraine? Liberals. (They kept their Pulitzer at the New York Times, too.)

Who gave Obama the Nobel Peace Prize? Liberals.

Who tried to say Ft. Hood wasn't about terrorism? Liberals.

Who said "Every child a wanted child". And then attacked Trig Palin? Liberals.

Cheers!

35 posted on 12/14/2009 3:24:27 AM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

You are correct, this is more of that “Big TENT” bs so cherished by the pollsters and the political consultants who hire them.

Give the people a clear choice between common sense conservative principles, the ones this country was founded on, and the latest “intellectual” crap about GHIA and see who wins.

We just need someone who believes those principles, is willing to defend them, and expresses them well. Whomever it is will be savaged by the media. They need to be able to withstand that with a smiling rebuttal, like Ann Coulter does, while declaring a bigger truth.

If it is someone the media do not savage then it is someone they like better than we do, like McCain.


36 posted on 12/14/2009 3:35:39 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Steelfish

He’s right that this is something to worry about. This isn’t just a one-off fluke but a long-term trend. I think the GOP is losing these voters on style points. Some of these things are silly but they matter. Some folks just don’t find down-home appeal very appealing, but a lot of them are the very same people that will pay through the nose for ObamaCare. If all it takes to make them feel at home in the GOP is a little arugula friendliness why not?


37 posted on 12/14/2009 8:34:52 AM PST by MattAMiller
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