Skip to comments.The GOP Canít Afford to Ignore Cities Anymore
Posted on 11/13/2012 11:55:33 AM PST by pabianice
After a week of election postmortems, one thing is clear: Mitt Romneys failure to understand Americas changing demographics led to his undoing. But there was another killer: Geography. Deep blue cities and their inner suburbs came out for Barack Obama, pulling the president through in battleground states like Colorado, Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. And they put him so far ahead in places like Wisconsin, Nevada, and Pennsylvania that Romney never really had a chance (not to mention his home base of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, which went 78 percent for the president).
Of course, this isn't a new phenomenon. In 2008, Obama took cities even more convincingly, allowing him to win North Carolina and Indiana as well. But America is only growing more urban, with cities that had been losing population since the 1960s finally starting to swell again. Eventually, fast-growing blue cities like San Antonio, Houston, and Austin could bring even the GOP stronghold of Texas within the Democrats' reach. In the long term, the stakes are high: Republicans could be relegated to permanent minority party status.
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Nope. It makes no sense to get in a bidding war for the favor of the palms-up crowd. It would be like negotiating with your children about the limits of their candy consumption.
I agree with the notion that we should not pander, however, if it weren’t for LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and Philadelphia, the GOP would win CA, IL, and PA and get an additional 5 Senate seats.
Sorry, I think the cities need the suburbs and rural areas much more than the suburbs and rural areas need cities.
On the other hand, the left’s fixation in abortion and homosexuality will eventually lead to lower numbers. Unless they, and limp-wristed republicans, allow unlimited illegal immigration.
Most of what they want is threatening to my core values.
Even the small cities, like mine - York, PA, have been conceded by the GOP. We tried to get Republicans elected, I ran for City Controller, and we got zero support from the county GOP organization. We even found our local GOP Congressman Todd Platts supporting the Democrat candidate for mayor.
The left has an inexhaustible breeding program for useful idiots.
“On the other hand, the lefts fixation in abortion and homosexuality will eventually lead to lower numbers. Unless they, and limp-wristed republicans, allow unlimited illegal immigration.”
Except that the lefties recruit more into acceptance through the public school system and mass media.
Detroit was once a large city of over 1 million.
The Dems did with voter fraud what they just couldn’t do with voters.
Don’t buy the BS the GOPe is trying to feed us. We do not need to be like the Dems to win. What we need are clearly defined principles and leaders that are willing to FIGHT for them.
Without reading the details of how they would do it, I agree with the headline.
But we need to fight to win these places back, not buy into liberalism. It’s not impossible. Republicans got close in Philadelphia not long ago and gee, guess what, the dems played the race card to turn it around.
We should always be taking our case to everybody, and overlook nobody.
It does not mean that we need to sell out and play the same games, but we should be trying to engage everybody.
We’ll lose more than we would gain by trying to appeal to the ghetto dwellers.
The fact is republicans ignore cities and black voters because republicans don’t get any votes from them.
There are many shifts that have been a disaster for our country, and here are some of them:
1 Democrat party shift hard left.
2 Black vote shift hard dem.
3 Black vote shift hard left.
4 Solid dem control of cities.
5 Academia shift hard left.
The list goes on. Fact is republicans let it all happen so they can get elected in the conservative areas, and leave liberal cities to the dems. In the end it’s bad for America for a number of reasons, one big one being we allowed the leftist population to grow and it is almost (not quite) a national majority.
The only demographics that have changed is the gimme! gimme! crowd has now grown larger than the wimpy PC crowd giving the handouts. It’s our own fault for letting our government get so out of control with spending and giving away our hard earned tax dollars.
In just a few years those big cities will be smoldering ruins. We just have to keep the zombies contained there before they turn the countryside into zombie wastelands as well.
Let’s see.. 3 million voters who stayed home each election since the last time a conservative was nominated for the GOP ticket, times 5 elections - that’s a landslide right there.
The GOP can no longer afford to ignore the conservative vote.
“What we need are clearly defined principles and leaders that are willing to FIGHT for them”
Amen, sir, Amen!