After its shellacking in the 2012 election, the Republican Party issued an “autopsy” report that foretold continued losses unless the party moderated its positions, especially on social issues. Voters, the party found, identify Republicans as being “scary”, “narrow minded”, “out of touch” “stuffy old men”. Which was a sufficient problem in 2012 but as the electorate gets younger and more racially diverse, those labels—and the retrograde policy stances that inspire them in voters—are basically a death knell for conservatives.
And yet it would appear that, all warnings aside, Republicans simply can’t help themselves. And thus, the Republican Party cannot avoid its rapid death spiral into political irrelevance.
How the GOP is pushing restrictions on abortion, marriage rights and immigration — to its ultimate detriment. Read my full column here.