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  •  since there are more whites (3+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, whaddaya, Odysseus

    and since whites are already disposed to agree with the Republican worldview, it is certainly reasonable - at this time - to put your big money into turning out more whites, especially since appealing to blacks & browns (or the women not currently under men) would turn off whites - white men in particular. You want all whites to vote - when you have a HUGE white turnout, you still win, even with the white proportion of the electorate declining.

    As the electorate grows less white, as is being discussed here, investing in white voter participation produces fewer returns, fewer and fewer returns as time goes on. Investing in blocking the non-white is a corollary to increasing the whiteness of the turnout.

    To Republican strategists both whiteness enhancing strategies (courting whites & suppressing nons) are appealing in the short term. That neither seems to sufficiently figure in backlash, and backlash looked like a factor in this election - was a flaw in the plan. Non-whites were motivated to vote by the Republican electorate-whitening tactics? Really? And whites weren't? - not any more than usual, anyway. Oops.

    •  Whites are trending less conservative all the (2+ / 0-)
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      helpImdrowning, varro

      time, I think.  As the older, less educated whites leave the scene, even the pool of white voters won't help the Republicans survive.

      We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately. B. Franklin

      by Observerinvancouver on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 12:31:14 PM PST

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    •  Morality aside.... (0+ / 0-)

      ....the Southern Strategy was a smart political move by Republicans, for many of the reasons that you pointed out. But, it also turned out to be a temporary measure to keep conservatives in positions of power.

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