Pat Buchanan -- Still Hope For the GOP


Pat Buchanan’s latest column
tracks the impact of values voters in 2008. He reports on a new book by
MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, who chronicles the woes the GOP faces among the
fastest-growing portions of the electorate: African Americans,
Hispanics, Asian Americans, and the young (single women, in
particular). While the news is bleak, there is an aperture of light for
the GOP, much like the narrow windows in the Tower of London. First,
the largest segment of voters in 2008’s presidential election based
their decision on change — a theme that helped Obama then but will be
stronger for his opponent in 2012. And the second strongest motivator
was values, where, as Buchanan notes, McCain beat Obama two-to-one:

--Among values voters, fully 30 percent of the electorate, McCain won 65 percent to 32 percent, or by two to one.

--What these numbers demonstrate is that liberals and neocons
instructing the GOP to dump the social, moral and cultural issues are
counseling Republicide. When African-Americans, who gave McCain 4
percent of their votes in California, gave Proposition 8, prohibiting
gay marriage, 70 percent of their votes, why would the GOP give up one
of its trump cards — not only in Middle America but among minorities?

--A conservative who could have sharpened the social, moral and
cultural differences might, from the exit polls, have done far better.

--McCain’s diffidence on life, affirmative action and gay rights, his
embrace of amnesty and NAFTA, all help explain the enthusiasm gap.

As we know all too well, the GOP is all too prone to dumping trump
cards. Buchanan calls this tendency “Republicide.” It could be taken as
referring both to the GOP and the future of the Republic. The latter
deserves the first priority. Will the GOP be part of it — and will
conservative Democrats make the same commitment? If they are listening to voters, yes.


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