Actually, GW Bush did quite well with Latinos compared to Dole, who received just 21% of the Latino vote in 1996. That's 14 points below Bush.
There are increasing example of Republicans doing better with Latinos in recent years, especially in the South and Southwest. Unlike homosexuals (or even blacks in certain instances), Latinos are much more likely to vote Republican without the GOP having to compromise itself on social issues.
It's just HOW you reach out to them and WHICH ONES you reach out to. Hispanics are naturally quite easy to reach out to, because they're socially conservative and aren't interested in racially hysteric politics. They want to be Americans more than anything.
But it's very important to not forget that whites are the foundation of the GOP and mustn't be marginalised. After all that's how the Democrats lost the white vote.
Thanks for posting this very interesting article. You know, I really believe that there are changes in the Minnesotan electorate that are coming along these days. GW Bush only lost Minnesota by about 2.5 percentage points. True, I know that Ralph Nader hurt Gore here, but Mr. Bush still received nearly 46% of the vote, and exit polls showed the Minnesota race would have been close even if Nader hadn't been on the ballot. Consider how Democrat Paul Wellstone was locked in a very close battle with Norm Coleman before he died and then Coleman upset favorite son Walter Mondale. The state has a GOP-controlled state house (82-52), and Democrats outnumber the GOP by just 35-31 in the state senate. The state's congressional delegation is growing increasingly Republican to where it's now 4-4 even. Four years ago it was 6-2 Dem and 2 years ago it was 5-3 Dem. The GOP only narrowly lost their US Senate seat in 2000, and, of course, they won a US Senate seat in 2002.
The point is that Minnesota, the only state that hasn't voted for a GOP presidential candidate since 1972, is in the ballgame again. Interestingly, I don't think most Democrats see this coming. I think President Bush has an excellent chance to carry this state in November 2004.
You've got to understand, though, Theodore, that there are quite a few southern Democrat voters who consistently vote Republican in federal politics, because they are very conservative on social and religious issues. Indeed, even in the US House of Representatives, there's a number of southern Democratic lawmakers who are socially conservative and are polar opposites from the average national Democrat. Just look at Rodney Alexander who was elected to Louisiana's 5th District; he won because he's pro-life, pro-gun and pro-Bush--hardly a Nancy Pelosi Democrat. Party switching is slower in some states (like Louisiana and Arkansas), but take a look at Texas, Virginia, South Carolina and even Florida, for instance. There has been, and I believe will continue to be a lot of party switching in the South for the same reason this Mississippi gentleman deserted a party that regards his type as insane.
Southern Democrats are kidding themselves to stay in the filthy Democratic Party. Switch over to the true majority party. Mississippi has long since ceased to be Democratic in presidential politics, for instance. It's time for real change down there.
"The multiracial coalition lacked the political muscle and willpower of President Bush. His tremendous popularity in his home state was critical for GOP candidates, who easily beat back the tide of Democratic populism in the November general election. It didn't help that a predicted high turnout of Hispanics at the polls never materialized."
This is slightly misleading in that it suggests that the GOP victory was almost artificial. While President Bush certainly helped, I think it would be misleading to assume that the Republicans would have lost without the President. The fact that the state ranks amongst the most Republican of the South certainly helped, too.
The Texas Democratic Party has been declining because it's worthless and immoral. I believe God has helped the Texas GOP, because it stands for better things. If Texas Democrats want to make a comeback, they should offer something good to Texas, rather than the fatigued liberal ideas and dogmas.
That said, I don't think they have any such plans.
This is repulsively disgusting. I didn't realise German women were THIS bad, though I've heard similar surveys that reveal the bawdy lifestyles of the German people.
Nevertheless, considering who conducted this survey, let's take it with a grain of salt. If I'm not mistaken, someone in the 1950's estimated that 10% of American men were homosexual. There's not even that many now, proving how wildly inaccurate such surveys can be.
Homosexuals have no morality, so they'll be prone to have adventures with the truth.
I share your disgust for this ruling in Canada. I used to go to Canada quite a bit when I was a kid, and I always noticed how their standards were lower than ours, but this is putrid.
Americans should pray that the liberal wing of our Supreme Court is purged and replaced with decent, conservative people who believe in making rational, righteous decisions. Our court isn't currently as bad as the Canadians, but it's also a big disappointment in many ways. But I have faith for better things.
Don't forget, ladies and gentlemen, that no state is firmly 100% in the camp of either party (though some seem close!) California is a divided state, with non-coastal California strongly Republican and coastal California heavily Democratic. Naturally, because coastal California is larger, the whole state leans to the Democrats, but not by a hopeless margin. Even in San Diego, the GOP is generally in the majority. Thus, to assume that the GOP is moribund in CA is to assume wrongly.
Consider the following. Unlike truly Democratic states such as Massachusetts, which are so heavily Democratic it's hard to find any significant GOP representation, CA has a strong GOP representation. 40% of the state's house of representatives is GOP, while 35% of the state senate is GOP. 38% of the state's congressional delegation is GOP. While this is clearly the minority, it's still a significant representation. In states like Massachusetts, this percentage often hovers at zero or just above it.
I firmly believe California is winnable. President Bush is going to give the GOP a real chance to win this state and many others that voted for Gore in 2000.