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“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

Lindsey Graham

This election marks the last time that the GOP will get this close to the White House. Locally they will continue to muddle along, and perhaps they’ll steal or suppress enough votes at some point to make it interesting, but as evidenced by the ROI of the millions of dollars that Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson received- i.e…not much, the GOP has met it’s match.

And it’s name is science.

The GOP’s appeal rests on three things: I’m white, straight, and Christian. The day of those things being remotely relevant is rapidly drawing to a close.

The United States will be majority-minority nation by 2042. By 2050, the country will be 54 percent minority as Latinos double from 15 percent to 30 percent of the population, Asian Americans increase from 5 percent to 9 percent, and African Americans move from 14 to 15 percent.

Unaffiliated or secular voters—not white evangelical Protestants—are the fastest-growing “religious” group in the United States. The percentage of adults reporting no religious affiliation almost tripled from 1944 to 2004, rising from 5 percent to 14 percent. Projections indicate that by 2024, 20 percent to 25 percent of U.S. adults will be unaffiliated.

This trend—combined with growth among non-Christian faiths and race-ethnic trends—will ensure that by the 2016 election (or 2020 at the outside) the United States will have ceased to be a white Christian nation.

The future of this country will be decided by Hispanics, women, and the secular- not by Karl Rove and Fox. The GOP holds no attraction to them, and they are deluding themselves (quite a popular sport among their ilk) to think otherwise. The echo chamber between Redstate.com and Fox can’t understand that Nate Silver isn’t an “Obama stooge” because they refuse to understand the science behind his method. They continue to believe that American is a center-right nation, because they have their own pet propagandist media filling their heads with utter and complete lies. Fox News and their useful idiots are the equivalent of the Creation Museum in Kentucky- beloved by the “faithful” and pitied by the rest of us.

I’ve watched conservative friends on Facebook attempting to stiffen the backs of fellow travelers with “I’m voting for Liberty!” and posting Youtube videos of Obama speeches, cut out of context, trying to convince themselves that the President is a Muslim. Or spreading dire warnings of gun control laws that will take their precious handgun and give it to the UN. It is truly sad to watch, but the days of the rest of the nation paying them any attention is waning.

Good.

The rest of the nation believes in gay marriage. The believe in the DREAM Act. They want marijuana decriminalized, and Citizens United overturned. They believe in evolution, Obamacare, and climate change. The only reason these things are still a topic of conversation is that monied interests want them to be. But as last night’s election proves, money falls short when it faces demographics. On the one hand it is fun to watch all the PAC money circling the drain, failing to achieve much of anything but boosting ad sales in Ohio, but in end just imagine if it was spent on public schools, or sustainable energy or the like.

I have been doing this blog for over five years, and this will most likely be my last political post. I feel confident in the future of this county, because unlike my conservative friends, I trust America. The increasing diversity of our population assures a more liberal, progressive society, no matter what Fox News says. But more than that, I trust science. Science always wins.

Always.

Within a few years the viewers of Fox and Redstate.com will be as vital as those Japanese islanders that refused to believe the war was over. But it is. Now you can dig your heels in and fight your imagined “socialist/Kenya/47% “moochers” but you’ll lose. You lost last night, and that was as close as you get for a long, long time.

Because science always wins. Always.

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Comment Preferences

  •  That's what I said in 1974 (11+ / 0-)

    The SOBs stuck around.

    •  Kinda More Than Stuck Around!! nt (4+ / 0-)
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      bluezen, Red Bean, Roadbed Guy, erush1345

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:29:17 AM PST

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    •  Yes, they did, and in 1980, (1+ / 0-)
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      billmosby

      We got Ronald Reagan. We got him because white straight Christians voted in numbers, and other people stayed home--just as the strategists wanted them to. The RW, we will always have with us. It will always bear keeping an eye on. But I agree with the diarist, absolutely, regarding this:

      But as last night’s election proves, money falls short when it faces demographics.
      When most of the people coming up don't like you, and keep on voting for others who better reflect their interests, you can't really keep on winning. You sputter and your influence wanes.

      It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

      by karmsy on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:49:08 AM PST

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    •  That's what I said in 1964, lol. That was also the (1+ / 0-)
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      dougymi

      year that the Bush dynasty got under way.

      I remember it because that was the year G.H.W. sold his oil drilling company to double down on politics after losing to Ralph Yarborough in his Senate bid and my dad had to find a new career direction as a result.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:50:28 AM PST

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      •  Without following the wiki link (1+ / 0-)
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        billmosby

        I recall that Yarborough was a yellow dog liberal (supported civil rights act) in Texas, presaging the rift in the southern Democratic Party, with John Connally representing the southern Democratic shift to the dark side, now a bulwark of the GOP.

        •  A few of his staffers: Ann Richards, (0+ / 0-)

          Jim Hightower, Garry Mauro (I've heard of the first two).

          Also the wiki said Gov. John Connelly covertly aided G.H.W. Bush by "teaching Democrats the techniques of split ticket voting", lol. I do remember some blather in the media at the time about Yarborough having said that split ticket voting would jam the voting machines.

          You're right about the civil rights act. It also says he co-wrote the Endangered Species Act.

          I remember a lot about the '64 election although I was only about 14 at the time. I got a lot of doors slammed in my face canvassing for Goldwater as we lived in Houston, lol. I've changed my views a bit since then.

          Moderation in most things.

          by billmosby on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:24:22 AM PST

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  •  I don't really get this diary (1+ / 0-)
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    Stude Dude

    they still have control of the house and filibuster type veto over the senate.

    Hence, they are not dead - they're still in position to be as obstructionist as ever.   Which is essentially all they want anyways, just to throw a wrench in the works.

  •  Don't forget (0+ / 0-)

    Most Christian About 90% are suckers.And are not Christians.Why did they try to block the black vote?

  •  Long live science and reason and education! (2+ / 0-)
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    jmannatl, abraxas

    That is what brought us out of the caves! It's too bad we always have to fight for them.  The cave people don't give up.

  •  Please... (5+ / 0-)

    we see these obituaries every election year from both sides. Give it a rest.

  •  Please... (2+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, erush1345

    We see these obituaries after every election from both sides. Give it a rest.

  •  sorry, but this sounds like the same obit (4+ / 0-)

    that was trotted out after the r's went down in 2008 -- & look what happened.  don't get me wrong.  i hope it's true, but history tells me the r's will do exactly what they did before: retrench & reinvent themselves.

    they've already started with their d's-need-to-compromise-with-us bullshit & refuse to acknowledge they were even defeated! -- saying how house r's got a mandate to govern as their conservative constituents want, instead of working with d's to reach solutions -- ! -- & claiming obama & the black panthers stole the election thru intimidation, blah, blah, blah, so why should they recognize the results!!

    and the usual media whore suspects are on the tv machine agreeing with them!!!

    here we go again :(

    •  It's more like the Terminator (1+ / 0-)
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      bluezen

      The GOP took a few shotgun shells to the chest, fell down, and is getting up slowly.

      But soon it will be lurching forward once again, programmed to destroy democracy. It may become a shape-shifter, or control other machines to do its bidding.

      But it will keep going.

      A definition is the enclosing of a wilderness of ideas within a wall of words -- Samuel Butler

      by A Mad Mad World on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:49:10 AM PST

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      •  the media deserves a lot of the blame for (1+ / 0-)
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        spreading this load of manure.  they know it's a lie manufactured by partisan hacks like kkkarl rove but they do it anyway b/c they're lazy bastards who don't give a rats ass about anything but their jobs.

        the administration needs to get out front on this, too, & not sit on their hands like they did before & let the rw hate mongers' lies go unchallenged.

        conciliation my ass!  the r's need to be called out for what they're doing -- & held accountable -- otherwise, we're in for another 4 yrs just like the last.

  •  There will probably always be two parties. (0+ / 0-)

    Maybe they will be called Democrats and Progressives or something like that after the next round of morphing.

    Moderation in most things.

    by billmosby on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:45:59 AM PST

  •  Rush W*E*I*G*H*S in in about 3 hours..... (1+ / 0-)
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    billmosby

    guessing about 700 pounds.

    •  He'll say Mitt was too liberal. I wonder how (0+ / 0-)

      he'll spin his recent bloviations about how the pollsters didn't care about accuracy this time around. That should be good for a few laughs. He'll just probably move on and not mention that drivel.

      Moderation in most things.

      by billmosby on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 05:57:19 AM PST

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  •  they see the writing on the wall (1+ / 0-)
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    jmannatl

    but can they actually bring themselves to the table?

    i bet not.  at least not yet.

    -You want to change the system, run for office.

    by Deep Texan on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 06:51:03 AM PST

  •  RIP to the GOP as currently constituted, maybe... (0+ / 0-)

    Read Krugman's book The Conscience of a Liberal.  He shows what happened to the Republican Party after the New Deal and the Truman Administration.

    Before FDR, Republicans were much like the Republicans of today.  Rich, uncaring for the poor and working class (there wasn't much of a middle class at all).

    After Truman, they had to support Social Security to get elected.  They needed union votes to get elected.  So they became more liberal.  From the 1950s through the 1980s there was a large group of liberal and moderate Republicans in Congress.  Congress was not polarized as it is today - and was before FDR.  Bipartisan compromises were possible because a sufficient number of legislators from both parties shared values and visions of how to move the country forward.

    There have always been Republican extremists, but in the postwar period they did not dominate the party.  That day will come again.

    Close your eyes, stop your ears Close your mouth and take it slow Let others take the lead and you bring up the rear And later you can say you didn't know

    by njheathen on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 07:26:50 AM PST

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