A Christian writer today wrote the election results might mean, “Farewell evangelicals, it’s been a good run”. His take is the Republican Party will not embrace and include the evangelical base with the same enthusiasm again.
I don’t think he is right. Republicans are casting about for a way to get minority votes without changing the evangelical identity of their Party.
What we can expect from Republican kingmakers is promotion of GOP minority candidates. But, only minority candidates who conform to the same ideas as the white ones did. I’ve heard Republican members of Congress and Tea Party spokespersons say precisely this.
Such a strategy would be consistent with how very conservative operatives reason. “If we don’t like the current reality, let’s manufacture a different reality and call it the real thing.”
In the recent election, about 90 per cent of minority voters chose Democrats. These minorities disagreed with right wing religion, anti immigrationists, anti social programs and rich pandering. That’s the real reality.
The reality conservative pundits have manufactured for themselves is that minority voters voted for Obama and women candidates only because they identified with them.
In Florida, a black incumbent with ideas from a century ago was defeated. Florida has a large minority population. This shows minority voters do not necessarily vote for minority candidates. These voters are just as sophisticated as any other set of voters.
The Republican Party can win over minorities by being the small government, secular and socially liberal Party of its indigenous origin.