06 November 2008

Fault lines in the Democratic Party

The press likes to make much of divisions in the Republican Party, but there are also significant fault lines in the Democratic Party. Why else would there be a political term "Reagan Democrat?"

This story points out another significant fault line.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ―
California's black and Latino voters, who turned out in droves for Barack Obama, provided key support for a state ban on same-sex marriage. Christian, married and older voters also helped give the measure the winning edge, according to exit polls for The Associated Press.

Proposition 8 overturns a May California Supreme Court decision legalizing gay nuptials and rewrites the state constitution to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Exit poll data showed seven in 10 black voters and more than half of Latino voters backed the ballot initiative, while whites and Asians were split.

Though blacks and Latinos combined make up less than one-third of California's electorate, their opposition to same-sex marriage appeared to tip the balance. Both groups decisively backed Obama regardless of their position on the initiative.
The question is, can the Republicans exploit this fault line. It has long been pointed out that the black middle class and Hispanics are actually socially conservative. How the Democrats, who are historically the party of racism, manage to steal those voting blocks away from the Republicans is one of the more amazing scam jobs of the 20th century.

1 comment:

victorsleeps said...

I have often asked myself the same question. What does the GOP need to do in order to show American minorities that the Republican party's beliefs coincide with, and are beneficial to, their own? It has amazed me the Democrats have gotten away with this.

It might be an issue of perception. To many people the GOP appears to be a good ol' boy network. But this is not the case. Martin Luther King was a Republican.

The Republican party was first :the "anti-slavery" party,they also passed the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution granting Blacks freedom and the right to vote.The founding fathers of the NAACP were white Republicans. Eisenhower sent troops in the 1950's to desegregate Arkansas.

The Democrats are the party of the Ku Klux Klan, and was the party who back in the days of Jim Crowe laws, which used lynchings, fraud and murder of the Blacks to maintain discrimination. FDR, and Truman rejected anti-lynching laws and efforts to establish permanent civil rights laws.