Blog Roll
Who's My Legislator?

Virginia Blogs
All Things Education
Augusta Free Press
Crew of 42
Dixie Pig
Greater Greater Washington
Loudoun Progress
Ox Road South Blog
Pilot on Politics" blog
Power for the People
Richmond Sunlight
RVA Politics
Shad Plank
Vivian Paige

Find more about Weather in Arlington, VA
Click for weather forecast

Advanced Search

Election Reveals Serious Problems for GOP (Heh Heh)

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 14:35:02 PM EST

The chorus of Republicans agonizing over the results Tuesday -  a re-elected Democratic president, all the Democratic incumbent senators re-elected, the loss of two seats in the Senate and up to eight in the House - reveal for all to see a party that is floundering in the confusion of an emerging world it doesn't understand.

The GOP lost the unmarried women's vote 68% to 30%. Overall, their "gender gap" was almost 12%. With women comprising 51% of the country, and a larger part of the electorate, that's no way to win a national election. The gap with Latino voters was even worse. While they accounted for 10% of all voters, Romney only got 29% of their vote. Almost 75% of  Asians went for President Obama. All voters under the age of 44 gave a majority of their votes to the President, who also maintained his margin of 93% among African-Americans.

We all learned in this election season that Republicans often have a difficult time with arithmetic. Nothing shows that more than the fact that they assumed the electorate in 2012 would be 78% white. It turned out to be 72%.

Republicans have lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Simply muffling the voices of the crazies in their party like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock won't change the fact that almost 90% of the Republican members of Congress are older, white males who seem tone deaf to the concerns of the changing demographics of the nation. Republicans have spent decades using fear, prejudice and voter suppression to get their candidates elected. The time has come for them to return to responsible conservatism and end their foray on the dark side.

As for my party, the Democratic Party, we have to find a way to engage our voters in every election, not just once every four years. When turnout is high, Democrats win. When some of us stay home, we lose. That problem needs to be faced in Virginia right away. 2013 is closing in fast.  

Elaine in Roanoke :: Election Reveals Serious Problems for GOP (Heh Heh)
Tags: , , , (All Tags)
Print Friendly View Send As Email

From Nate Silver (0.00 / 0)
Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight had an interesting observation today:

"Virginia, in fact, was incrementally more Democratic-leaning than the country as a whole this year, voting for Mr. Obama by three percentage points."

Now, to translate that into non-presidential years....

Serious problems in one really cool map (0.00 / 0)

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

Serious problems for Republicans, that is... (0.00 / 0)

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

[ Parent ]
:-) (0.00 / 0)
Their map is shrinking. Heh Heh  

[ Parent ]
Another serious problem, autotune version ;) (0.00 / 0)

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

Also, their party is filled with people who have the IQ of gnats (0.00 / 0)

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

A few other things right wingnuts wouldn't like about Australia (0.00 / 0)
1. They have a carbon tax.
2. They have universal health care.
3. Only 5% of Australians own guns.
4. The price of gasoline ("petrol") in Australia is $1.38/liter, which is like $5.22/gallon. Ouch.
5. In terms of religion:
About 22 per cent of the population stated "no religion" (which includes humanism, atheism, agnosticism and rationalism). The largest non-Christian religion in Australia is Buddhism (2.5 per cent), followed by Islam (2.2 per cent), Hinduism (1.3 per cent) and Judaism (0.5 per cent). Overall, 7.2 per cent of Australians identify with non-Christian religions.[227] A 2001 census showed there are almost 9,000 Wiccans and 10,623 pagans.[253]

6. The government is a constitutional monarchy, there's no Bill of Rights (let alone a 2nd amendment), and voting is compulsory.
7. Ots of immigrants! ("In 2011, 24.6% of Australians were born elsewhere and 43.1% of people had at least one overseas-born parent")

Etc, etc. Right wingers would not like it there.

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

[ Parent ]
Aw, c'mon (0.00 / 0)
Let her move and find out for herself!

For a Sustainable Virginia. Now on Twitter.

[ Parent ]
I really don't think Australia will let her immigrate (0.00 / 0)
but sure, she's welcome to leave the United States anytime, if she can find a country silly enough to take her! LOL

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

[ Parent ]
Don't forget the biggest reason (0.00 / 0)
They have a queen!!! An actual hereditary head of state.

What would the teabaggers think of that?

[ Parent ]
All you've said is true (0.00 / 0)
But I've learned over the years to never underestimate the marketing power of the Republican party.

Yeah, they did a crappy job this time, and they have to figure out how to attract more types of voters than cranky old white guys.  

But I can easily envision them putting on a "kindler and gentler" face next time, with a Marco Rubio or Bobby Jindal or Susana Martinez at the top of the ticket.  Yes, they'd have to muzzle rabid lunatics like Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and the rest.  But if they can't do that, then their party deserves to die out like the Whigs.  

Chances are, they'll be back.  And we can't let our guard down next time -- like we did in 2010.

For a Sustainable Virginia. Now on Twitter.

Also serious problems with pundits; why do we listen to ANY of these people?!? (0.00 / 0)

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

On the other hand, they're not as bad as Mexico's "Grand Warlock" (0.00 / 0)
(except for George Will, that

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

[ Parent ]
And of course America's equivalent of the Grand Warlock, Dick Morris (0.00 / 0)
Now this is a guy that nobody should ever listen to about anything, EVER!

Follow me on Twitter. Follow Blue Virginia on Facebook and Twitter.

[ Parent ]
Clueless (0.00 / 0)
Two days of soul searching and not one of the "leaders" of the Republican Party has actually gone to the causes of why the party is swirling the drain. The delusional view of America is so instilled in them they cannot even move out of it. Wednesday I read one "analysis" in the Examiner, a small format newspaper for Metro riders, which was about how the real America, the writer actually sketched out a 1950's black and white fictional television program scene as the real America, did not turn out to vote.

That a fictional television scene is the Republican view of the world is important. The writer also described the America of his delusion was racially happy, no problems with anything or even Brown v. Board. The way I read that was all minorities knew their place and did not vote.

Until the major Republican television and radio personalities start talking about the real America the Republicans will continue to sink and go away.

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
Edmund Burke


Make a New Account



Forget your username or password?



Donate to Blue Virginia

The purpose of Blue Virginia is to cover Virginia politics from a progressive and Democratic perspective. This is a group blog and a community blog. We invite everyone to comment here, but please be aware that profanity, personal attacks, bigotry, insults, rudeness, frequent unsupported or off-point statements, "trolling" (NOTE: that includes outright lies, whether about climate science, or what other people said, or whatever), and "troll ratings abuse" (e.g., "troll" rating someone simply because you disagree with their argument) are not permitted and, if continued, will lead to banning. For more on trolling, see the Daily Kos FAQs. Also note that diaries may be deleted if they do not contain at least 2 solid paragraphs of original text; if not, please use the comments section of a relevant diary. For more on writing diaries, click here. Thanks, and enjoy!

P.S. You can contact us at and you can subscribe to Lowell's Twitter feed here. If you'd like to subscribe to Miles Grant's Twitter feed, click here. For Teacherken, click here. For Kindler, click here.

P.P.S. To see the Blue Virginia archive, please click here. To see the Raising Kaine archive, please click here. To see the Blue Commonwealth archive, please click here.

RSS Feed

Subscribe to Blue Virginia - Front Page

Powered by: SoapBlox