Can the GOP dig out of its hole?
There are two Rules of Holes in politics.
The first rule is well known: “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
The second rule is less well known: “When you stop digging, you are still in a hole.”
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“The Republican demographic of older, white voters is shrinking, and they are losing the growing demographic of younger, nonwhite voters.”
The Republicans are not yet ready to climb out of their hole. They just have to stop digging it deeper.
The article is very insightful regarding the issue of immigration. But just like Algebra where the concept of using “abstract variables” i.e. “a”, “b”, “c” and “X”, “Y” and “Z” etc, can lead to many useful solutions to problems that would otherwise be difficult to come to. Here, if one takes the “… . .” placed in the middle of the story and replace stories about issues like, Health Care, Abortion, Gay Marriage, Race, Science (and by association, Math) etc. etc, one can get “equations” for solutions to what ailes the modern Republican Party.
The issue is that, just as with Algebra (Math), the persons seeking to use those tools to solve problems must be able and willing to use them. There is some indication that some in the Republican Party are willing, at least in some cases, to use this “modern calculus” to come up “solutions” to “modern problems”.
The problem is, that the Republican market place (base Demographic) to which they must sell these solutions are not able and willing to accept them. Just like in the former Eastern Block Countries (Poland, Hungary etc) who are joining the modern Western World after almost a half a century behind the Iron Curtain, the biggest barrier to this is the demographics of the population that spent most of their lives behind it, and they can only change so much and the only way that the basic changes to their countries, cultures, societies and economies is for them to, demographically and literally speaking, die-off.
It sounds cruel but logic and reason normally is. The current demographic base of the Republican Party spent most of their lives behind the “Iron Curtain” of the 1950’s vision of America. Many or even most still do, in the “Heartland” is still where most Old, Evangelical, White men still live. The new, modern world is slow to reach them there and when it does, its effects are modulated by the fact that people who believe like them, that they vote for and thus are in control politically.
This is the basic explanation of the struggles of the Republican Party - how to be part of a modern system of politics when those who vote for you don’t want to be part of a modern world within which they, their beliefs, culture, will not support solutions to the modern world.
With this in mind, the only really interesting news, is to watch how this dynamic plays out. Its also very fun to watch!