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Non-whites, for example, made up 28 percent of the electorate in last year’s presidential election, compared with 20 percent in 2000.

“The new electorate is a lagging indicator of the next America,” says Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center. “We are midpassage in a century-long journey from the middle of the last century, when we were nearly a 90 percent white nation, to the middle of this coming century, when we will be a majority minority nation.”

It’s pathetic that every year Republicans claim they are going to “reach out” to minorities and work harder to attract African Americans and Latinos to the party and then some Republican bigot says something racially insensitive that sets the party back again.

I interviewed former GOP chairman Michael Steele several times and he always insisted that Republicans have evolved. Steele was either mislead, in serious denial, or didn’t actually believe a word he was saying. In any case, it’s the same old story, year after year. Nothing ever changes in the GOP and I don’t expect change from a party that allows one of its more prominent members to call the president “lazy.”

“In recent years, there’s been a significant shift to the right, and we have seen what that shift has produced: two losing presidential campaigns,” Powell said. “I think what the Republican Party needs to do now is take a very hard look at itself and understand that the country has changed.  The country is changing demographically.  And if the Republican Party does not change along with that demographic, they’re going to be in trouble.”

The Republican Party has so many entrenched bigots that it’s difficult to imagine how the party begins to attract people of color when there is no place for the poor and disenfranchised in its core ideology.

“You’ve got to think first about what’s the party actually going to represent?  If it’s just going to represent the far right wing of the political spectrum, I think the party is in difficulty.  I’m a moderate, but I’m still a Republican.”

And a Republican who tells the truth. Now that’s news.

(Photo: AP)

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