It would be tempting to call the 2012 election the year of the woman — if only for the record number headed for the
Once the GOP gets past some respectable period of mourning that comes from losing a national election to an incumbent president at a time of persistently high unemployment, they are going to have to do some serious soul-searching. That the party continues to have strong appeal to older white men is unquestionable; that it can't stay relevant on the national stage with that identity is just as certain.
The truth is in the numbers. President Obama won because he essentially held his 2008 coalition together with strong support from minorities and women.
Mr. Obama won over women by about 12 points, while Mr. Romney attracted a mere 27 percent of Hispanic vote, four points less than Sen.
It's one thing for Republicans to be against abortion; that's an issue that divides the nation. It's another for them to seek to limit access to birth control, attack
Four years ago, Mr. Obama's strong support from young people was seen as a one-time peculiarity, a function of the youthful candidate's "rock star" following and technology savvy. Well, they came back in 2012, with exit polls showing they produced as big a share of the winning tally as they did four years ago (with 18-to-29-year-olds representing 19 percent of the electorate and supporting Mr. Obama by a 60-40 margin).
Any party that so ignores the interests of Hispanics, blacks, women and young people doesn't have a bright future. Surely, the biggest mistake Republicans could make would be to assume it's just a matter of optics — that the same point of view espoused by Mr. Romney and his white male running mate but voiced by a woman or minority would do the trick.
But it doesn't really work that way. Mr. Obama certainly received strong support from black voters, but so did
That's why one of Mr. Romney's biggest mistakes in this election may have been his decision to position himself to the right of Texas Gov.
But no, the candidate played to his ever-shrinking base. If that wasn't a winning strategy in 2012, it surely won't be in 2016, when Hispanics will represent a bigger share of the electorate. They are the nation's largest minority group and the fastest growing — racial and ethnic minorities represented more than 90 percent of the nation's growth over the last decade, according to the U.S. Census.