May 6, 2009
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.