Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Republican Reality: Losing the Northeast, the Great Lakes, the West Coast…

Republican governors are holding a big confab in Miami this week, but last week's election results are tamping down the party spirit.

Here's the assessment from Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who had the courage to confront the GOP's looming voter problem. Here's an excerpt from the NY Times:

"We cannot be a majority governing party when we essentially cannot compete in the Northeast, we are losing our ability to compete in Great Lakes States, we cannot compete on the West Coast, we are increasingly in danger of competing in the Mid-Atlantic States, and the Democrats are now winning some of the Western States,” he said. “That is not a formula for being a majority governing party in this nation.”

“And similarly we cannot compete, and prevail, as a majority governing party if we have a significant deficit, as we do, with women, where we have a large deficit with Hispanics, where we have a large deficit with African-American voters, where we have a large deficit with people of modest incomes and modest financial circumstances,” he said. “Those are not factors that make up a formula for success going forward.”

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