Skip to comments.Republicans Need to Reach Minorities
Posted on 12/17/2012 5:18:13 AM PST by Kaslin
The biggest story of the past election was how President Obamas team was able to get his interest groups to the polls and how correspondingly the Republicans feel behind on certain interest groups. It is clear Republican failed to capture the votes of Hispanics, Asians and other groups. So lets take a look at where they are and what they need to do.
To discover what happened one has to look at what the Republicans have been doing and why they failed to attract certain voters. The first and most important point is not that they have failed policies or that they are the old white man party. Either point is a gross generalization and only partially true. The single biggest reason Republicans are not getting the votes of certain minorities is they are not asking for their votes and/or certainly not doing it on a sustained basis.
Take for example the Hispanic community. There are few Republican organizations that actively outreach to the community. Rocky Chavez, a newly-elected California Assemblyman, told us he received no help from Republicans in his race. To her credit Connie Conway, minority leader of the California Assembly, drafted Rocky immediately after his election to be a statewide spokesperson.
The Republican National Committee stated they had a Hispanic Outreach coordinator and that the Romney campaign usurped control of the outreach, but the Republican share of the Hispanic vote plummeted from 44% in 2004 to 27% in 2012. Results speak very loudly.
The Asian Community, though smaller than the Hispanic Community, is the fasting growing in America. Yet the results there are very similar, with the percentage tanking from 42% in 2004 to 26% in 2012. Stephen Fong, who is a public policy consultant in D.C., served as an informal coordinator of a loose federation of about fifty organizations aimed at the Asian vote. He stated they had some successes -- like in Nevada where Romney received 47% of the Asian vote. But he stated The Romney campaign had a plan, but did not emphasize Asian-Pacific outreach. He also stated the point person was not Asian.
Shawn Steel, the national committeeman from California, expressed frustration at the efforts aimed at Asians by Republicans. He stated the effort in Nevada was done with $100,000 of outside monies in the last month of the campaign. He bemoaned how the Romney campaign and RNC to his knowledge spent no money going after the Asian vote while the Obama campaign spent extensive resources. Mr. Steel stated When will Republican consultants begin to understand their past failures to appreciate rapid demographic shifts? Successful consultants will take advantage of the many opportunities that exist with conservative-minded Asians.
The most successful operation aimed at an ethnic group is the Republican Jewish Coalition. After a long gestation period and an outsized focus on money raising for candidates, the RJC has now created a sophisticated grassroots outreach program. Matt Brooks, the RJC Executive Director, said This was our largest undertaking in terms of grass roots in history. Their efforts resulted in a 10% increase in Republican vote in the Jewish Community. The RNC is looking at modeling what the RJC is doing to organize and attract the minority communities.
Yet, there does not seem to be much existing infrastructure at the RNC to attract minority voters. Sources said there was none when the current Chairman, Reince Priebus, took charge. He asked Vice-Chair Sharon Day to focus on this area. But then the Romney campaign came in and took over. The spokesperson for the RNC told us they are evaluating all the results of the election and determining how to move forward.
How to move forward - The big picture is that Republicans are running campaigns with an antiquated model for their entire structure. Sure they are using some modern technology, but it is as the saying goes like putting lipstick on a pig. Republicans do not think as a team. A person declares they want to run for office and they have to start from scratch. They have to hire a consultant who may be qualified or not. They have to hire a fundraiser who may be qualified or not. They then have to run a campaign with little to no institutional knowledge except for possibly a one-day candidates school put on by their local party.
If Republicans want to win in the future, they have to comprehensively reorganize. The structure should start with the National Committee with 50 state units, each one of which has county parties within their state. The entities should not be wholly independent entities, but work in unison with one purpose to elect Republican candidates. They may say that is being done now, but that is fools gold.
Each unit should have people in charge of outreach to interest groups, whether those groups are divided by ethnicity, religion, age or gender. (As a note there already exist Republican Womens groups in each county.) There should be a flow of information both up and down throughout the structure. This clearly means that DC is just as dependent on a county as the county is on DC. The Miami-Dade County chair for Hispanic outreach should be in regular communication with the RNC coordinator.
Each level should be responsible for interacting with any interest groups that exist within the confines of the laws regarding coordinated activity. If there is a large Vietnamese population in an area and no Republican clubs, then the Party should act to form, seed and structure such groups.
When someone registers to become a candidate, the Republican Party in the area or district should be able to provide them sufficient information on the district to mount a campaign. Once they are the party designee they should be handed a complete up-to-date guidebook with all aspects of their district, including the relevant minority groups to address. The county, the state and the national party should all be working in unison to get the Assemblyman in Wichita, Kansas, elected or the school board member in Mesa, Arizona. The candidates should not be blindly running as we so often see today. If there are ethnic groups in the district, that structure from the local party up to the national party should provide resources to address and gain the vote of those ethnic groups. Candidates should not be lurching around for who their youth vote contacts are and how to incorporate them in a campaign.
A comprehensive organization needs to address every voter no matter what their background. The lack of institutional memory and proper structure is largely responsible for the failure to attract minority voters. Lincoln Clubs were great fifty years ago and provide valuable benefits today, but are not attractive to all elements of the population. Republicans need to adopt a strategy that says they are going after every voter no matter where they are or who they are. The structure should not be dependent on what happens once there is a presidential nominee. It should be fully in place before that occurs and then it should just be an matter of continuity.
This is not to deny the fact that issues and candidates matter. They do. But without a modern structure the party will be hopelessly lost. Republicans are driving a Model T in a Ferrari world and need to do more than cosmetic restructuring. Obama was driving that Ferrari.
Republicans need to quit playing defense. They need to find a couple of good telegenic spanish speakers who will go on Telemundo and Univision look straight into the camera and ask— “We’re just wondering...are Latins the new blacks?”.
Republicans do not make for very good community organizers.
Republicans can alwats do like Democrats I suppose and just buy the votes, blacks and hispanics going to the highest bidder.
You know ,Just like last election.
Because of their efforts or because this administration is the most anti Israel in history? Why Hussein got a single Jewish vote is beyond me.
IF REPUBLICANS WANT TO WIN ELECTIONS... THEN THEY NEED TO ONCE AGAIN BECOME REPUBLICANS AND PROMOTE REPUBLICANISM FOR A CHANGE. EMBRACE REAGAN’S AGENDA AND CORRECT HIS PAST MISTAKES TO MAKE IT BETTER!
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We can not reach blacks with the Republican ideology of economic and social freedom, but we can reach Asians and Hispanics not into the Leftist gimme race hate culture.
But first the GOP needs to figure out what American freedom is and decide they are for it. Currently, they are acting like hollowed out zombies with suits on.
Get rid of Boner. He can’t talk nor coordinate a coherent message.
How is that supposed to work?
Yeah, Romney sure did excite the base, huh? What was the conservative turnout again? Really ‘high’, right?
Both times BHO won the Establishment repubs foisted a moderate on us.
Second point: we can’t out-buy votes to form a leftist-lite coalition that wins. [What most ‘minority’ amnesty repubs keep calling for.] And it won’t be long before NO ONE can afford to buy leftist votes.
A critical reason the GOP is losing, is we are outsourcing.
Frankly that is a terrible, terrible idea.
Bring back US jobs. Now. That will bring back the GOP.
If the GOP will not bring back US jobs, why even support them?
Seriously. We are collapsing. Bring back US jobs.
Conservatives need to stop treating minorities like culprits and start showing them that they’re victims of the democrat ideology.
Lazy, arrogant GOP. ‘Come to me, I am not going to put out a ounce of effort to come to you’. That’s the attitude of a spoiled brat, with entitlement thinking.
I keep reading over and over again of the utter laziness and incompetence of the GOP. We were out-organized a thousand to one. How to get rid of these slovenly creeps at the top?
I agree with your statement. What we need to do is find a way to tell the populations who THINK our policies are geared toward “white men only” that we celebrate economic and social liberty for people of ALL RACES.
Frankly, except for the convention (which did a good job showcasing the truth), Republicans deliver that message very well.
Everyone not on the dole or employed by the beast understands that messge.
Why should Romney have tried to get non-white voters and supporters? (like Asians)
After all didn't you see the size of the all-white crowds at his campaign events in PA? And he won his seat in the Senate with white MA voters. What could go wrong?
Don't you remember all the posts here about 6 weeks ago? Romney is winning big. He won all the debates. Look at those crowds !
Someone pinged me afterward telling me that Romney would have won (beat O) with the 1980s Reagan era voter demographics. There you go. What? That doesnt kick O out of the WH?
the stupid party fits.
Fewer whites voted in 2012 than voted in 2008. If Romney would have had another 2 percent of the white vote Obama would have lost. Yet Romney had a winning issue that would have elected him in a landslide if he had had the courage to use it.
The issue is rampant, racially-motivated violence by blacks against white Americans, and Eric “my peoples” Holder’s public statements that white Americans are not protected from racist violence by Federal Hate Crime laws.
Romney could have hammered this racist double standard against whites with the well established “Equal Justice Under Law” credo of American justice. And there are dozens of timely, horrific, examples of black on white racist violence that he could have used in his political adds.
But the man like all Republican politicians is a coward. They ALL grovel before the race card. I thought Newt may have figured it out when his refusal to grovel before the black reporter in the South Carolina primary debate won him a standing ovation and the primary but he immediately dropped this issue like a hot potato and faded from view. Even Ron Paul cowered before the Race Card.
We now have Hollywood’s Jamie Foxx gleefully boasting about killing white people on Saturday Night Live and the audience cheers. Yet no Republican politician politician, to my knowlege, has made even the slightest protest against Foxx’s gloating race hatred, a race hatred that is manifested in thousands of black on white assaults, rapes and murders every year.
Eric Holder is right about one thing, although it a way opposite from what he meant. We are a “Nation of Cowards” on the race issue.
The Republican party is dead and rotten. It has no redeeming qualities. Since Lincoln it has been statist and has sought the status quo. Only Reagan tried to instill conservative, constitutional ideology in the party. His legacy is not reflected in today’s Republican party. Constitutional conservatives, including most minorities, have no political home. Only a patriotic party true to our country’s founding principles and documents can restore this once great nation.
It's not just demographics. I would say the ideology of white voters shifted too.
Exactly. Where are the GOP Saul Alinskys? Why are all the community organizers liberals and socialists? Why are there no community organizers for liberty or limited government? Samuel Adams (an Alinsky hero BTW) was first and foremost a community organizer. He was a community organizer for liberty. Right now liberals are mobilizing for a nationwide campaign for gun control in response to the Connecticut shootings. Once again conservatives will be playing defense. Conservatives should be mobilizing a nationwide campaign to end compulsory education and a call for greater incentives to homeschool. Where are our community organizers? As Rahm Emanuel said, “A crisis should never go to waste.” The shootings were a clarion call to end forced public education, not stricter gun control. Will conservatives get out the message, and organize to get it out. Not bloody likely. The conservative message should be— if you want to keep your kids safe-—keep them at home. Refuse to send them to school and dare the authorities to do something about it.
Robert J. Seyko
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