R.I.P. GOP – The White Elephant Faces Extinction


Posted on April 10, 2013 by Ruth O’Brien

Obama’s cultural triumph is paying off in spades (can one say spades – is it too black?  Too African?).  As Maeve Reston and Seema Mehta of the Los Angeles Times report from sunny, diverse California: “After the crushing presidential loss in November, national Republican leaders offered a blunt message in a postelection report: Unless the party appealed to women, minorities and voters with divergent views, there was little hope of reversing their national losing streak.”

What is a party to do?  They can’t support women.  They can’t support African-Americans.  They can’t support Latino/Latinas.  They can’t support LGBTers.  Oops . . . Who are they going to invite to their party?  Who do they have?  White, Anglo-Saxon men who are presumably heterosexual.  The 1 percenters, as I call them at home.  (I live in an otherwise all-male, blue-eyed, presumably straight home – we are only “culturally Christian,” though.)

But is the dominant group dominant enough to do anything in a national election?  I dunno.  What I do know is that this is exciting, watching the economically dominant majority get toppled by the cultural masses – okay, not masses, but at least the new cosmopolitan rainbow coalition I call Obamacrats, since after all, he invited them all into his party.

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About Ruth O'Brien

Professor Ruth O'Brien, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY) & Honorary Unaffiliated Academic Book Series Editor for The Public Square, Princeton University Press & Heretical Thought, Oxford University Press, USA Last book: Out of Many, One: Obama & the Third American Political Tradition (U of Chicago 2013). Nickname: "Professorette" by Rush Limbaugh (see http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Faculty/Core-Bios/Ruth-O-Brien)

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