America is an increasingly diverse nation, however, the GOP’s core base is overwhelmingly white.
The Republican National Committee is launching yet another minority outreach campaign. Phyllis Schlafly, a long-time leader of the religious right movement and anti-feminist activist of the Eagle Forum, is convinced her party is wrong.
During an interview this week with conservative radio program Focus Today, Schlafly just came right out and said it. Calling the GOP’s need to reach out to Latinos a “great myth,” Schlafly said that “the people the Republicans should reach out to are the white votes, the white voters who didn’t vote in the last election.” Schlafly accused the Republican “establishment” of nominating “a series of losers … who don’t connect with the grassroots.”
White voter turnout rates have been pretty steady over the last few presidential-year election cycles. Both John McCain and Mitt Romney won the support of a majority of white voters during the 2008 and 2012 elections, however, they still loss badly.
Schlafly believes there are untapped white conservative voters waiting for the Republican Party to reach out to them with a message they’ll like.
As the nation becomes more racially and ethnically diverse, Phyllis Schlafly and the old white Republican guard just can’t move away from the Southern strategy of racial hate and bigotry. They are consumed with white voters only as the ultimate deliverance of victory. So, if it means pandering to white fear by doubling down on a policy of racism, rather than adapting to a changing reality, so be it.
Schlafly is smart enough to realize that if black and brown people come into the tent, the majority of the Republican’s Southern strategy division techniques get lost. Plus, conflict and division is a money maker for the media too.