Republicans are in full panic mode about being the party of old, white, straight, conservative men for years to come — and struggling big time with how to change things.It's not as if the Republican Party didn't have plenty of warning that telling blacks and Latinos and women and gays to get bent because Jesus and Thomas Jefferson and freedomz was not a winning electoral strategy. Even Sen. Lindsey Graham saw the writing on the wall, way back in August, when he admitted, "We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term."
But Republicans just didn't care. They figured those polls needed to be unskewed, those uppity "you people" needed Ann Romney to tell them what they should really care about, and besides, as the party's presidential nominee said behind closed doors, there's no reason to care about those mooching 47 percent deadbeaters anyway.
So, now that the party's worst fears have been confirmed—no, you can't win an election with your ever-dwindling bloc of angry white male voters—what's the plan, fellas?
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and other prominent Republicans are privately warning conservatives to put a sock in it when it comes to arguments that turn off large swaths of voters, sources tell us. Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is doing the same on the House side.Ah. The "put a sock in it" strategy of continuing to hate everyone, but just in a more quiet-like way. That should work. What else you got, boys?
But when it comes to the GOP putting people in positions of power to actually change things, it’s still raining men — the same older, white, straight ones that got the party into this jam in the first place.Oh, right. Nothing. You got nothing. You decided that only white men can be House committee chairs, and in the Senate? Yeah, not much better there:
The top Republicans on all but two Senate committees are white men — Lisa Murkowski on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Susan Collins on the Special Committee on Aging are the outliers. But Democrats have 16 incoming female senators — four times as many. The elected Republican Senate leadership is all male, all white.So, okay, the party doesn't have any worthy not-white not-males to fill those crucial leadership positions, but at least there's some real outside-the-box thinking going on about how to start expanding the party. Hey, Karl Rove has some great ideas! So does Newt Gingrich. Yes, the Newt Gingrich who labeled President Barack Obama the "food stamp president" and said we should actually be more concerned about male inequality because chicks, man, they're taking over. That Newt Gingrich:
Gingrich said in the next week, he will complete the opening outline of his own prescription for the party’s “minority inclusion problem,” including a new approach to cities. For one of the first times in his life, even Gingrich says he doesn’t have all the answers. “I’ve been at this since August of 1958, and I’m sufficiently sobered that I’ll tell you flatly I don’t know,” he said.Well, mark your calendars, folks, because for the first time in history, self-appointed World's Smartest Man EvahTM doesn't have all the answers. But he'll get right on it and come up with some brilliant way to make the assholes of his party stop alienating all those people who've been alienated by the assholes of his party—like Newt Gingrich.
So yes, Republicans are well aware that they have a little itty bitty problem. And they are totally going to start thinking about maybe thinking about doing something about that ... one day.