|The GOP Last Hurrah|
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|Written by Shamecca Kidd|
Why is the GOP spending hundreds of millions to push policy that is, by so many polls, out of step with the majority of America? This election is the Alamo of both major camps of the old white power structure, Libertarian and Neocon, that have controlled this country since the dawn of the Industrial Age. This race is using race and gender in a last ditch effort by a traditional white America to hold power in an America whose population is trending towards a "minority majority."
According to the National Journal:
"Romney's camp is focused intently on capturing at least 61 percent of white voters. That would provide him a slim national majority - so long as whites constitute at least 74 percent of the vote, as they did last time, and Obama doesn't improve on his 80% showing with minorities."
To put that in context, John McCain only got 55% of the white vote in 2008. George W. Bush got 58% in 2004 and 54% in 2000. Dole only got 46% and H.W. Bush only got 40%/49%. In fact, Mitt Romney would have to approximate the popularity of the GOP political Jesus, Ronald Reagan, who landed 64% of the white vote in 1984.
It's a tall order for a candidate who came out of his own convention with staggeringly bad personal popularity numbers.