Radio show illuminates, that, for GOP, the road to diversity is rough

(Some maybe have learned a lesson, but others never will – promoted by Colorado Pols)



On KLZ’s Grassroots Radio Colorado , State Representatives Chris Holbert and newly elected Justin Everett said they and their allies have no interest in compromising on civil unions during the upcoming legislative session.

A caller asked the two GOP lawmakers, who was guest-hosting for regulars Jason Worley and Ken Clark, if the new Republicans at the state Capitol would fight harder against civil unions.

“I think that you’ll find that this incoming class is fairly well aligned against that,” replied Holbert. “However…we are in the minority, and I think that you’ll see the majority party move very quickly to pass that type of legislation.”

Holbert’s answer is no surprise, because most new Republican lawmakers, like them, are from safe Republican areas, which wouldn’t be expected to produce moderates.

The incoming Republicans aren’t as old as the people they replaced, Holbert pointed out on air, but they’re mostly ideologically similar.

And here’s the ironic part: the next day on the same radio show, representatives of the Rocky Mountain Black Conservatives and the Libre Initiative spent two hours  talking about how important it is for the GOP in Colorado to diversify.

The good folks on Grassroots Radio should ask themselves how they can possibly diversify the Republican Party if their leaders won’t budge on something like civil unions.

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  1. The realistThe realist says:

    a more diverse group that will vote for them, without them having to budge on ideology.  They haven’t yet explained that magical process, though . . .

  2. Arvadonian says:

    counting on diversifying their ranks by appealing to anti-gay hispanics.  That is why they are moderating on immigration while reiterating their opposition to civil unions and marriage equality.

  3. BlueCat says:

    tone or picking a few Latino or African American faces. This was exemplified when, back in 2008, they thought it would be great to have a woman VP to peel off  disappointed HRC supporters. But it’s clear they thought that women are so shallow any woman would do. It didn’t seem to occur to them that HRC supporters might not be enthusiastic about a candidate 180 degrees from HRC on all the issues strictly on the basis of gender. It’s the same with a few window dressing Latinos and African Americans.   Yes Latinos and African Americans would love to see more candidates from their communities to support but they also have to be candidates who represent them on the issues. They won’t go for just any candidate just like Democratic  and Democratic leaning women aren’t going to go for just any woman.

    You may see some black and brown faces on the podiums at big GOP events, such as televised conventions, but when the camera pans the crowd, it may as well be at a KKK rally without the robes. As long as the GOP thinks that correctly color coded candidates are the answer for attracting people of color without having to change any policy positions beyond a few slight tweaks and more polite language, nothing is going to change.

    As the polls cited by ajb demonstrate, the go to fear mongering on social issues that worked so well for them in the past isn’t working anymore. As these figures show, a much larger percentage of Latinos went for Obama than the smaller but still majority percentage that approve of gay marriage so that’s just not going to do it for them.  It wasn’t a deal breaking issue and that’s just one example. Colorado Rs aren’t going to be able to win the Latino vote with nothing but social/religious wedge issues.  

  4. rocco says:

    They’re driving their car off the cliff, and that’s good news.  

  5. Dn. Quixote says:

    THE GOP IS FULL OF LOONIES AND THIS IS WHY THEY ARE SLOWLY BUT SURELY MORPHING INTO YESTERDAY’S PARTY. I DO NOT FAVOR GAY MARRIAGE, BUT CIVIL UNIONS MAKE ABSOLUTE SENSE. I AM NOT IN FAVOR OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, HOWEVER A COMPREHENSIVE REFORM OF OUR SYSTEM IS URGENTLY NEEDED. WE NEED SOLUTIONS TO SERIOUS PROBLEMS, NOT PANDERING TO THE BIG CORPORATIONS!

  6. Diogenesdemar says:

    There’s no GOP plan for icky diversity . . . never has been, never will be.

    The PLAN is to get as many of their white-thinkers into office and use their positions to eliminate the opportunities and potential for opposition voters.  OK, that didn’t work so well this time, but with the majority hold on so many state houses and Governorships, you can bet that on seeing some new and improved sequels next cycle.  Why?  Well, duh, it’s obviously god’s plan . . . that, and being a true dinosaur means never having to say die.

  7. ajb says:

    According to national exit polls taken last Tuesday, 52 percent of both black and Latino voters who turned out Tuesday said they support gay marriage in their states.

    The exit polls’ findings match up with other studies released earlier this year.

    A May 2012 Washington Post-ABC News poll found people of color are more likely to support gay marriage than whites with black support at record high.

    Just last month the largest population-based survey of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender people ever conducted in the U.S. found LGBT identity is highest among those who are younger, non-white and low income.

    A Pew Hispanic Center study also released last month found more Latinos favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry legally (52%) than oppose same-sex marriage (34%). Among Latino Catholics that favor allowing gays and lesbians that number is even higher (54%).

    http://colorlines.com/archives

  8. AristotleAristotle says:

    Did you boycott the Dems in this past election, or Obama in particular? Or did they do enough to win back your vote?

  9. Arvadonian says:

    I supported Obama (with my vote and with cash).  Obama won me over when he voiced support for marriage equality last year.  I also supported several other gay and supportive dems in races locally and around the country with cash (Baldwin, Warren, Hirono, Maloney, Duckworth, Sinema to name a few).

    For the most part, I like what I’ve seen from the party over the last couple of years.  I hope they continue moving in the right direction.

  10. Arvadonian says:

    Obama won me over when he voiced support for marriage equality EARLIER THIS YEAR.

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