Thursday, May 14, 2009

diversity in the GOP

An amazing clump of stats from Markos:
In both chambers of Congress, Republicans are down to a single Jewish member, four Cuban-Americans (no non-Cuban Latinos), no African Americans, one Asian (who is a guaranteed loss in 2010), and just 21 women out of 218 total seats, or less than 10 percent.

If one can at least partly trace the GOP's woes back to their utter lack of competitiveness among non-WASPy demographics (and I believe you can), this lack of diversity in the GOP delegate is particularly problematic because it is both cause and effect, part of a "feedback loop" that makes minorities feel less welcome and in turn makes the party itself less welcoming.

We're all just looking out for our own; the difference in our electoral success lies in the size of the group referred to by "our."

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