The Changing Face of the GOP, and the Conservative Movement in General
Some of you may or may not know this but the Republican Party in 2010 elected more minority and women candidates to public office than the Democrats. But the message coming from the media and some in within the party itself is this idea that demographics will sink the Republicans in the future because we have too many white candidates in a country that’s becoming browner and blacker by the decade. Well, first of all that’s not true, and it’s not even close to being half true, or even a little true.
Another false narrative is that conservative voters won’t support minority candidates, especially in the racist south where the GOP maintains a decades long stronghold electorally. Well, that’s also not true because southern conservatives elected the first Indian-American governor, Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, they elected the first Indian-American female governor, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, they voted for a black American congressman in Tim Scott of South Carolina, and they voted for Allen West in Florida, who is currently under heavy pressure from the left, as he fights for his political life. We pray for Allen West and no matter what happens we appreciate his service and pray that he continues to serve his country in the future.
I’ve been saying for about two and a half years that I believe in my heart, the first Hispanic president will be a Republican. And I also believe Mitt Romney was likely the last white guy candidate that will represent the Republican Party for quite some time; that is if Jeb Bush, Karl Rove, and Chris Christie don’t get their way. Let’s be honest, those three were the biggest winners of Tuesday night because now they begin the process of removing Tea Party influence and restoring the establishment.
There seems to be a pattern developing of sort where we elected quality candidates at the state and local level, but fail to elect quality candidates on the national level within the party. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means we have better governors than senators and congressmen. While the demographics of the nation shift, and by the way even that has been somewhat overrated in terms of how fast the country is shifting, the Republican Party has done well in keeping up with that shift on the state and local levels, we just need to improve nationally.
When you look at the Hispanic members of our party, like a Brian Sandoval or a Marco Rubio, there’s no reason why they can’t be acceptable, plausible candidates for 2016 and beyond. The problem for Republicans has been the “Two extremes” approach they often take: One extreme is to pander to minorities like the Democrats, and the other extreme is to adopt a strident and off putting tone toward minorities that has alienated them for even saying the word “Republican”.
The party is changing because the country is changing; it’s a natural occurrence. We’ll continue to see more minority candidates run as Republicans and I welcome that much needed breath of fresh air. So don’t listen to the media and others who claim the GOP and conservatives aren’t warming up to ethnically diverse candidates because that’s simply not true.