What Now for the GOP?
Demographics are not on the party's side
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2012 3:30 AM CST
Romney supporters in Billings, Montana watch election results in.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney's defeat is certain to lead to an extended period of Republican soul-searching, and most pundits agree that the party will have to do something to deal with its lack of Hispanic support.

  • Romney captured just 27% of the Latino vote, a proportion that will have to improve if the GOP wants to remain a viable national party in 2016 and beyond, writes Chris Cillizza at the Washington Post. A major GOP figure like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio will have to put his foot down and speak "the truth to his party about the effect their stances on immigration are having on their long-term political prospects," he predicts.

  • But the loss wasn't down to just the Hispanic vote, writes Jonathan Martin at Politico. For the second presidential election in a row, "the Republican got thumped among women and young voters in the states that decided the election," and the GOP won't recapture the White House "until they find a way to appeal to a rapidly changing America," he writes.
  • The big debate in the party now will be about whether to maintain the anti-government stance that won in the House in 2010, writes Carl Hulse at the New York Times, predicting a clash between the party's old guard and conservative newcomers who "seem to have the upper hand for now, even in defeat." The big test will come this month, when House Republicans will come under pressure to forge a deal on the looming fiscal cliff, he writes.

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Lar5
Nov 8, 2012 9:04 AM CST
Republicans better wake up. The attempt by the GOP to place token blacks, women and Latinos to con the electorate failed. The GOP will continue to lose if it is pro tea party and radical social and religious programs. The people of this country will never accept a party that is perceived as anti-immigrant, anti-women, anti-equal pay, anti-healthcare and anti-anyone but straight whites. Every event run by the GOP is a sea of white faces. Unless the republicans "get it" ,that we live in 2012 not 1912 they will lose every time. Theocracy is out, Democracy is in. The days of signs that said "Negroes and Dogs" not allowed are over for more that 60 years. There is "no back of the bus". The driver is a person of color.
milo7453
Nov 8, 2012 3:44 AM CST
Funny how the article didn't mention that obama only got 39% of the white vote...Or is it America's new racism? Both parties have huge race problems...
milo7453
Nov 8, 2012 3:20 AM CST
30 GOP Governors...GOP is doing fine...