Is the 2012 election now-or-never for the Republican Party as we know it? Perhaps, according to an article in New York magazine earlier this week that said the GOP’s reliance on a white base to win general elections is coming to an end. One reason is the change in demographics across the United States as Hispanic voters–who typically hold far more liberal views than conservative ones–become a larger and more coveted bloc among politicians.
Candy Crowley, a CNN anchor and Chief Political Correspondent emphasized the need for the GOP to rebrand as something other than a “white male party” in order to survive.
Crowley also said that the Republican Party needs to create a fundamental strategy that reaches out to minority voters and connects with them on major issues at a grassroots level over the course of many years, instead of 75 days before an election– a tactic Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa described as window-dressing.
One way Mitt Romney could help attract the Hispanic vote is by addressing immigration reform at the outset of his presidency– an issue Representative Mario Diaz-Belart (R-Fl) says has been woefully mishandled by the Obama administration.