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CNN: GOP Voters Are White, Aging, Dying Off

From CNN:

GOP problem: ‘Their voters are white, aging and dying off’

CNN’s Halimah Abdullah [sic]
Mon May 21, 2012

Washington (CNN) – When presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney appears before Latino small-business owners in Washington on Tuesday, he’ll address a group whose explosive birth rates foreshadow a seismic political shift in GOP strongholds in the Deep South and Southwest.

"The Republicans’ problem is their voters are white, aging and dying off," said David Bositis, a senior research associate at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, who studies minority political engagement.

"There will come a time when they suffer catastrophic losses with the realization of the population changes."

You hear the glee in Mr. Bositis’ voice.

Over the next several generations, the wave of minority voters — who, according to U.S. Census figures released this week, now represent more than half of the nation’s population born in the past year — will become more of a power base in places like Alabama, Mississippi and Georgia. That hold will extend across the Southwest all the way to California, experts say.

The coming political revolution could result in a massive changing of the guard on nearly every level of government, potential cultural clashes, and the type of political alliances that are now considered rare

Sort of like the "massive changing of the guard on nearly level of government" that we got with the 2010 midterms, when more than 700 Democrat offices became Republican offices?

In Georgia, those rumblings are already being felt.

It is a state that depends heavily on immigrant labor to pick peaches and peanuts and work in poultry plants. So when Georgia — like its Southern sister states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina — passed a tough anti-immigration bill that also penalizes businesses, Hispanic groups and farmers alike pushed back.

"This election cycle Latinos in Georgia are upset about (the law)," said Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of GALEO, a nonprofit and nonpartisan group geared toward Georgia’s growing Latino population. "That’s going to spur more galvanization than we’ve ever seen before." …

Though Georgia’s Latino population has mushroomed over the past ten years, according to Pew, roughly 23% of that group is eligible to vote, compared to roughly 76.2% of whites and just over 69% of African-Americans.

The fact that so many of that population are illegal aliens might have a bearing on that. Of course, we can’t have that.

Still, activists like Gonzalez are hopeful that lawmakers will see the trends and recognize "Latinos merit a seat at the table as well."

Meaning ‘amnesty.’

Still, even if these reports are true, reality has a funny way of making people more conservative as they grow older and wiser. And not just white people.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 21st, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “CNN: GOP Voters Are White, Aging, Dying Off”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    So the way I read this is that in the coming generations, they will be responsible for voting themselves more largesse from the tax piggy-bank, only it will have been emptied long ago by their ancestors. While they all stand around wondering what to do (a la Greece), they will also start pointing the fingers of blame, without the benefits of nearby mirrors to make their point.

    Human nature, “I can get something for nothing…all I want….all the time….just guilt others into giving it to me….I’m a victim….” (repeat as necessary)

    So picture in your mind a society where all the white people are gone. Who are they gonna blame then? Where will their “justification” be found?

    Wait, there’s Nairobi, Kenya, Nigeria….they all kill each other and steal what they can. Whitey is not a factor there.

    My point is made.

  2. David says:

    Ron Paul speaking to a sold out crowd at UCLA!
    The problem with stories like this is it completely ignores the very strong conservative youth. Right now they are more libertarian but as my generation grows older and hopefully the GOP moves to more classical conservative principles there will be no dieing off. The only thing to die off is the tired victimology of the Left.

  3. yadayada says:

    “Still, even if these reports are true, reality has a funny way of making people more conservative as they grow older and wiser. And not just white people.”

    true, older folk tend to be a bit more conservative. how many high school and college agers in the last two decades have you seen that are conservative? a large percentage of 20yr. old twits think they have to be ‘counterculture’ to be “cool.” most of your dorccupies are under 30. it’s true some of the current crop of libtards are staying tarded into their later years, but the vast majority of people wake up to reality before 35yrs. old. so it’s always been “conservatives are older”. this article flagrantly avoids the continuation of the axiom, “and wiser.”

    • AcornsRNutz says:

      Actually, although I agree, I think what we are starting to see in youth is the “counterculture” turning more conservative. I am 28, and I have been a die hard right wing whacko since I started a Rush fanclub in 4th grade. I was up against a heap of liberalism from my peers and the school/kid oriented media at the time, but if I have learned one thing from watching my peer group with contempt for so long it’s that they are always in a race to see who can be the quickest one to catch the new thing. Liberalism and the diatribe is becoming old hat, not just because my peers are getting older, but because any generation while in their teens just doesn’t like to do what was cool a few years prior. OF course, it is cyclical, like bell bottoms, coming back around every now and then, but I think we are beginning to see a down turn in the trendy-ness of liberalism among the youth since it has become an overplayed song on the radio. Does anyone remember Chumbawumba, Baja Men or Jewel? I think (indeed I pray) that liberal wackiness might be going the same way.

      Also, look over at the entertainment media in England. The wildy popular show Top Gear is a prominent example of how a right wing (by European standards) slant is the new cool thing for the youth, since they get their opinions from entertainment first and news second. That show has a massive audience and makes all of it’s hay off of their endlessly decrying greeny weenie BS and the astounding nanny state of the modern UK.

      MAybe wishful thinking, but I am not without hope.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    ” when Georgia — like its Southern sister states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina — passed a tough anti-immigration bill that also penalizes businesses, Hispanic groups and farmers alike pushed back.”

    God forbid we hurt businesses. But the liberals have no problem taxing and regulating them in excess. They say how terrible it is that American companies have sold out to cheap third world markets (a concern I sympathize with). But they have no problem hiring illegals in the United States to pick fruit for $4.00 an hour or to clean pools in Beverly Hills. These ivory tower liberals live far away from the Mexican crime rate and they expect the state government to absorb the cost of the freeloaders.

    Is there any consistent liberal view point? All for me, you deal with the consequences seems to be the presiding mantra.


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