The Republican Party had a choice after 2008. They could continue to rely on a dwindling but still decisive share of the white vote to prevail, or they could try to bring more minorities into the party. While I'm not entirely sure how much of the decision was made by party leaders and how much is merely the unprecedented influence of Fox News, but whether it's pseudo scandals of the past two years, from birtherism to the NBPP [National Black Panther Party] case, the GOP's nationwide rush to ban sharia and institute draconian immigration laws, or characterizing nearly every administration policy as reparations, the conservative fixations of Obama's first term indicate that the GOP will end up relying at least in part on inflaming white racial resentment to close the gap.In a moment of atypical candor, Senator Lindsay Graham spoke to the short-sideness of this strategy.
“The demographics race we’re losing badly [sic],” the senior senator from South Carolina explained. “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”So its telling to read analysis like this (at Real Clear Politics) that basically embraces the strategy and posits a Romney win completely on his ability to mobilize white voters.
In sum, I see the bottom slipping out from under Obama’s feet, and a campaign hoping to hold on just long enough to salvage a slim victory, one where he is almost certain to lose the popular vote. He is underperforming among whites and independents, and particularly among those likeliest to vote.Think about that for a minute...the author of that piece isn't even trying to be subtle. Of course he's not going to say WHY he thinks the President is underperforming among white voters. That could get ugly. He's just stating it as a fact.
If I was a white guy I'd most likely be offended by all of this. And I believe there are many out there who don't want to get played like that. If so, take a listen again to this guy.