Morning Reads for Thursday, November 8

November 8, 2012 7:55 am

by Bridget Cantrell · 14 comments

Ah – a political hangover.  Did everyone survive?  Ehh, what can you do but hydrate and sleep it off?  It’s the morning-morning-after.  Let’s get to work, people…we’ve got others who don’t live with us and we don’t know to pay for.

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Buzz Brockway November 8, 2012 at 8:14 am
John Konop November 8, 2012 at 9:47 am

I do not know Tom Graves at all. But after this election I would look for someone from a swing state in a swing district, if I was in charge. It seems like the GOP has given up on winning during a presidential cycle. They can compete in off cycle years, via lack of turnout, but in the long run this is a death march if they do not open up the tent. Numbers tell the truth, if you open your eyes.

……..Paul Taylor at the Pew Research Center, for one, has been taking the long view — the very long view.

“Well, one way to think about America is we are in midpassage of a big, centurylong demographic change,” Taylor says.

We are steadily moving toward the day when minorities will be the majority. In 1950, the country was 87 percent white. Taylor says that number will dip below 50 percent by 2050.

“Every year it ticks a little more. If you think about it in terms of the electorate, you know every year about 3 million new people age into the electorate and age into the workforce, and every year about 3 million people age out — which is a euphemism for they leave this vale of tears,” Taylor says. “The people leaving are predominantly white. The people coming in are heavily nonwhite.”

The growing percentage of the population that is minority comes thanks to a fast-growing Hispanic population as well as a steady increase in the number of Americans of Asian descent. All of this has an effect on politics.

“Republicans are 90 percent white. Democrats are only about 60 percent white,” says Pew Research’s Andy Kohut. “The Republicans have a white problem — or a lack of diversity problem. It’s not apparent in this election so far, but over time, the changing face of America is going to represent more of a challenge to the GOP than to the Democrats.”

Minorities overwhelmingly favor Democrats. That trend is likely enhanced by President Obama’s status as the nation’s first black president. In this election, African-American support for Obama tops 90 percent. Polls show Hispanics supporting the president by better than 2 to 1……..

http://m.npr.org/news/front/164197936?start=15

Charlie November 8, 2012 at 10:10 am

I do not think you understand what the RSC is.

John Konop November 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

I could be confused, but I thought they do the research that sets the party agenda on policy. Is that right?

Charlie November 8, 2012 at 10:35 am

The RSC is the “conservative” caucus within the GOP. They don’t tend to advocate the party move to centrist positions.

John Konop November 8, 2012 at 11:07 am

Charlie,

Interesting point, but what is conservative?

Do you think a balancing a budget with tax reform ie eliminating special breaks and cuts is conservative or moderate?

Do you think the Dream Act is conservative or moderate?

Do you think cutting back on military expansionist foreign policy is conservative or moderate?

Do you think personal liberty issues ie social politics ( decriminalize marijuana, gay marriage….) is conservative or moderate?

As you know many strong conservatives like Goldwater, Reagan, Buckley……. would argue with the current so called conservatives.

Charlie November 8, 2012 at 11:16 am

This is your standard fare, but if the right wing of the right wing of a party is picking a leader, your suggestion that they pick a swing state centrist isn’t exactly on point with their message or the political reality of the group.

saltycracker November 8, 2012 at 10:32 am

The Republicans require some level of personal responsibility except for their bureaucrats and the Democrats offer a strong union with a rule for every behavior as defined by their bureaucrats.

At the opposite poles: The Democrats offer the have-nots more stuff and the Republicans offer the haves more stuff as defined by a complex tax code, heavy debt and selective enforcement.

A level playing field is not passing out money we do not have. We are past the point of getting our favored pigs to the trough. Let’s start with agreeing that the pot will involve decreasing debt as a percentage of GDP, then create an enforceable tax plan everyone can clearly understand without legions of bureaucrats.

Noway November 8, 2012 at 8:24 am

Love the 10th Amendment pushback by Colorado and Washington. A proverbial glove slap across the federal face. You go guys!

drjay November 8, 2012 at 8:41 am

i don’t see why kidd has to “officially switch” he could really weild power by staying ind. and forcing the gop to woo him everytime they wanted to pass something with the super majority…but i do understand why he would tell the dems to stuff it, if thy are running folks against him, they can’t claim victiry when he wins…

saltycracker November 8, 2012 at 9:39 am

Will Georgia sulk and throw itself off it’s own cliff by refusing to set up a health care exchange ?

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/big-healthcare-decisions-loom-for-state-in-electio/nSzmL/

saltycracker November 8, 2012 at 9:53 am

Greece can raise taxes all they want and folks, who can, will still dodge them. The public worker unions are prepared to burn the country down before allowing the right to hire and fire or reduce benefits to overpaid bureaucrats.

Noway November 8, 2012 at 10:14 am

Just like the union goons at Eastern Airlines. Deja vu?

Ed November 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

Yeah I thought Rusty was already a Republican, or is he an “Independent” in the same way Bernie Sanders is.

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