Friday, February 15, 2013

GOP Obsolescence, CTD.

More from Robert Draper's fine cover article in this week's New York Times Magazine.  Draper's usual thorough research included interviews from Obama political consultant David Plouffe and GOP guru Ken Mehlmann.  Today's post covers Plouffe and tomorrow's Mehlmann.

But, I asked Plouffe, wasn’t the G.O.P. just one postmodern presidential candidate — say, a Senator Marco Rubio — away from getting back into the game?
Pouncing, he replied: “Let me tell you something. The Hispanic voters in Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico don’t give a damn about Marco Rubio, the Tea Party Cuban-American from Florida. You know what? We won the Cuban vote! And it’s because younger Cubans are behaving differently than their parents. It’s probably my favorite stat of the whole campaign. So this notion that Marco Rubio is going to heal their problems — it’s not even sophomoric; it’s juvenile! And by the way: the bigger problem they’ve got with Latinos isn’t immigration. It’s their economic policies and health care. The group that supported the president’s health care bill the most? Latinos.”
Plouffe readily conceded that he and his generation held no iron grip on political wisdom, but then he flashed a grin when I brought up the R.N.C.’s Growth and Opportunity Project, composed of party stalwarts. “If there’s a review board the Democrats put together in 2032, or even 2020, and I’m on it,” he said, “we’re screwed.”
This last bit speaks to a big issue in the GOP's effort to re-make itself: the entrenched interests that will predictably resist the very changes the party will have to make to broaden its appeal.

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