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As has been pointed out innumerable times, the Republican Party has a hard time attracting non-white voters. And — as has been pointed out an equally uncountable number of times — this is likely to become a bigger problem as non-whites become an increasingly large percentage of the electorate. In a recent forum, Senator Rand Paul said this is less a matter of our policies being rejected than of the attitude we’re (perceived) to project:
The Republican party needs to admit that their brand isn’t so good and that they have to try do better at presenting a message. Some of our… policy [positions], I think we can get a many people to agree on, but we have to present our message better.
There are two aspects to politics: one is your attitude and the other is policy. We have an attitude where we don’t appear to be welcoming to African Americans, or Hispanics, or Asian Americans. We haven’t been a welcoming enough party. I know that sounds touchy-feely, but it’s true.
So, Ricochet, two questions:
- Do you think Sen. Paul’s diagnosis is correct? and
- If so, what should we do about it? If not, what should we be doing instead?