Post-election Republican introspection has begun with authors including our own Jed Babbin offering explanations why Mitt Romney lost. (One wonders whether Jed, who penned six reasons, feels outdone by Keith Koffler's note, "Seven Reasons Why Romney Lost.")
Both Babbin and Koffler left out a rather obvious explanation: Democrats used Republicans' own words to make the GOP look like the very intolerant, bigoted bunch of old white guys which the left had been claiming Republicans to be for years. In short, the ignorant Todd Akin and the boneheaded Richard Mourdock, forgetting the lessons of Colorado Senate Candidate Ken Buck in 2010, allowed the transformation of a vague Democratic caricature of Republicans into a high-resolution image broadcast across the minds of the nation's voters.
Putting this together with Mitt Romney's desire for Hispanic "self-deportation" and increasingly out-of-touch anti-gay (or at least perceived as anti-gay) rhetoric, and you have all the ingredients necessary for those not descended from Mayflower passengers, and for young people, to abandon the GOP in droves.
Regarding immigration, and the non-lily-white more broadly, if one were to point to a single statistic that shows the degree of Republican disconnect with people who don't look like Mitt Romney, it is this: Exit polls show Asians supporting President Obama over Romney by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. Asian-Americans, as Bloomberg News notes, "happen to be the highest-earning group in the U.S., out-earning whites, and they generally place enormous emphasis on family." This made-to-order-for-Republicans voting block went for Obama by a higher percentage than Hispanics did.
A more significant canary in the political coalmine you will rarely find.
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
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