Republican lawmaker worries that his party is shrinking
As I’ve often said (though not originally, of course), when it comes to politics, demography is destiny.
And as I’ve also often said, demography is not on the side of the Republican Party these days — and therefore, neither is destiny. Or so it would seem.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, defined the challenge facing the GOP in an unguarded comment last year. “The demographics race we’re losing badly,” he said. “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”
And now a prominent Republican lawmaker in the House (above) is sounding a SIMILAR ALARM:
The Republican Party is at serious risk of running out of Republican voters, according to a senior GOP lawmaker.
“Republicans need to understand that their political problems are neither tactical nor transitory,” Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) said, as quoted by the Washington Post. “They are structural and demographic. The hard truth is the GOP coalition constitutes a shrinking portion of the electorate. To change that daunting reality, Republicans must appeal to groups that are currently outside their ranks or risk becoming a permanent minority.”
A former pollster, Cole is known to speak candidly about the political problems facing the GOP. He broke with his party late last year when he said that Republicans should accept President Barack Obama’s offer to extend middle income tax cuts in the near-term. Cole also said that Republicans would be damaged politically by the recent government shutdown.