It’s bad enough when the National Grand Old Party is against its core voting block – white Southerners- but when it’s on a State level, it reaches a whole new low. Governor Bentley is now calling on the new generation of Republicans to embrace diversity:
We need an infusion of folks who aren’t just us old, white men and women
While reaching out to non-white voters is admirable, to create a dramatic change in the makeup of a party along the lines the Governor is suggesting is lunacy. Does the Alabama GOP need non-white voters? Alabama itself is predominately white at 70%, with blacks at 26% and hispanics at 4%. In order to create a party encompassing a majority other than white persons, the European core of Alabama would have to be decreased significantly. The greatest method, and one that has worked increasingly since 1960, is displacement by foreign peoples. But, according to the Census Bureau,
Only five states—Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, South Carolina, and West Virginia—had a lower percentage of races other than White in 2000 than in 1950.
the growth of the Hispanic population is going to mean the end of this section of this – this southern section white party of old men, and they know it,
An attempt at prostrating yourself before other voters will likely be seen as a sign of party weakness- alienating the GOP bloc and stiffening opponents’ resolve. Mr. Bentley made clear, however, that in doing so Republicans should not abandon their “economic” principles. As if that is all that matters.