Rand Paul: Republicans Have An Attitude Problem

 

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:

  1. Do you think Sen. Paul’s diagnosis is correct? and
  2. If so, what should we do about it? If not, what should we be doing instead?

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  1. Blue Yeti Admin
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    I also thought Google’s Eric Schmidt expressed some pretty interesting (although not surprising) views on immigration in this clip.

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  2. Matede Inactive
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    I think the Republican party has a problem of intestinal fortitude. They won’t go after their opponents policy positions aggressively enough, AND they allow themselves to be characterized by the left and they don’t respond to it or flip it back on them. The Republican candidates should call out their leftists opponents positions on education, the Republicans are the party for school choice and many, many blacks in the inner city are very much for school choice. Show how the left’s incestuous relationship with the teachers unions is ruining their child’s education and give them an alternative.

    Also illegal immigration, wages have not gone up in 15 years, I think, the middle class wages are at 1991 levels (I’ll have to double check that) The Republicans need to STOP this wishy washy pandering, on illegal immigration. Black unemployment is high and the correlation between illegal immigration and black unemployment should be made and use THAT to bring many middle class families and minorities into the fold

    I don’t think it’s an attitude problem for the Republicans I think they need to grow a set and actually stand for something

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  3. Tom Meyer Contributor
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    For the record, I think Paul did a good job a few years ago in going to speak at places like Brown University. Let folks actually see you, speak with them candidly, listen to their questions, don’t pander, and be brave.

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  4. user_836033 Member
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    He is right only if by “welcoming” he means “pandering”.  There certainly is nothing unwelcoming in the message and presentation of most Republicans.  It’s difficult to see how Republicans could be more “welcoming” than they are without appearing artificial.

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  5. skipsul Inactive
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    1.  No, it is not.  Different races and sexes have different desires and inclinations – both from their culture and their genetics.  Some happen to actually WANT big government, and have consistently done so for generations.  As long as we preach smaller government they will reject us.

    2.  We should recognize that America will continue to be balkanized by race and sex unless we change our message.  The more that Democrats proclaim themselves as the party of races, and the party of women, the more they will drive whites in particular, and men in general into the Republican party.  The “war on women” is increasingly being recognized for what it is – a Democrat party war on men.

    We should also expect that the Democrat party will likely start to splinter along racial lines itself, as different minority groups start to fight for turf.  The unity they show now is hollow, expect Hispanics and Blacks to increasingly come to blows over power.  This will create opportunities for coalition building, particularly as the Affirmative Action programs so long used for patronage FOR Blacks are used against Blacks, in favor of other minority groups.  That’s the short game anyway.

    The long game is to actually challenge the perversely-named anti-discrimination laws, which have been warped to create the patronage system we have going now, and are the real weapon continually used by the Dems.  Break those laws and their coalition of patronage groups will lose its cohesiveness.

    Change the message of the Republicans from “Smaller Government” to “Liberty and Equality for all before the law” – smaller government will follow.

    Key unifying messages:

    1.  Education

    2.  Self Defense

    3.  Reforming of Criminal Law – end the war on drugs, simplify the legal code, reform the prison system

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  6. RightinChicago Member
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    skipsul:1. No, it is not. Different races and sexes have different desires and inclinations – both from their culture and their genetics. Some happen to actually WANT big government, and have consistently done so for generations. As long as we preach smaller government they will reject us.

    Totally agree Skipsul.

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  7. AIG Inactive
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    I disagree. People are rejecting the conservative/republican message, not our “attitude”.

    You can’t tell me that you can go into Harlem, or San Antonio, and see “minorities” (although they are by far majorities in these places), live a lifestyle that reflects “conservative policies” or “values”. They live the opposite way.

    What does that tell us? It tells us that they aren’t going to vote for conservative policies, no matter what.

    And they reject “conservative policies” because there is a really strong correlation between…income and voting…i.e. the lower the income, the more Dem voters. The higher, the more Republican voters.

    It’s simple economics: if you’re poor, you’re going to vote for the party that gives you free stuff. If you’re successful, you’re going to vote for the party that wants you to be successful.

    Which is why the entirety of Liberal political strategy is targeted towards the “poor” and towards demonizing the “rich”.

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  8. skipsul Inactive
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    AIG: It’s simple economics: if you’re poor, you’re going to vote for the party that gives you free stuff. If you’re successful, you’re going to vote for the party that wants you to be successful. Which is why the entirety of Liberal political strategy is targeted towards the “poor” and towards demonizing the “rich”.

    All the more reason to change the argument.  Find enemies around whom you can build a coalition.  Teachers unions are now nearly universally loathed, for instance.

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  9. Mama Toad Member
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    Tom, I don’t think Rand Paul has spoken at Brown University. Freudian slip? I think you mean Howard University.

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  10. Mama Toad Member
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    Rand Paul is right. This is a fine example of how unappealing the GOP is.  Cringe-inducing. “Republicans are people, too”? Please. Stop.

    The solution is not to talk about race, sex, or grievance politics, but to focus on policies, as Rand Paul is trying to do.

    Why are Republican policies better for voters, not grievance groups.  That should be the message.

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  11. AIG Inactive
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    Mama Toad: Rand Paul is right. This is a fine example of how unappealing the GOP is.  Cringe-inducing. “Republicans are people, too”? Please. Stop. The solution is not to talk about race, sex, or grievance politics, but to focus on policies, as Rand Paul is trying to do. Why are Republican policies better for voters, not grievance groups.  That should be the message.

    That seems to be the opposite of what Rand Paul is doing, if he’s talking about pandering to people on the bases of…gender, race etc etc.

    skipsul: All the more reason to change the argument.  Find enemies around whom you can build a coalition.  Teachers unions are now nearly universally loathed, for instance.

    Ain’t going to work. If teacher’s unions are “universally loathed”, then that’s a Dem position as well, or an easy one for the Dems to pick up.

    Hence it doesn’t mean they’re going to start voting Republican, simply because they agree with you on 1 issue.

    It’s a much broader problem than individual single issues.

    This is the problem that “libertarians” have: hey I agree with the commies on foreign policy, hence I can cooperate with them on that. No…no you can’t.

    You don’t build coalitions on single issues with groups with which you have fundamental differences. All you do in those cases, is give them the upper hand, since they already have the upper hand.

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