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July 16, 2004

GOP Pisses Away Its Political Future

Forget this election. The GOP seems dedicated to making sure it faces gradual extinction as new voting groups come to dominate the political landscape. The immigrant-bashing in the early 1990s, epitomized by Prop 187 in California, turned a generation of Latinos and many Asian-Americans into diehard Democrats.

Now, polls show that Arab-Americans, naturally a socially conservative group, have turned against the GOP because of the Patriot Act and other anti-muslim policies of the Bush Administration. It's not just that Kerry leads among these voters by a gaping amount; check out these comments:

More than half of those who chose Mr Kerry cited being "against Republicans" as the main reason for their decision.

Alex Saleh, an Arab-American attorney from Michigan, says he was a conservative Republican before the last election but "after four years of Bush, I now consider myself a very liberal Democrat".

Bush makes verbal noises of being racially inclusive, but his policies tell a different story, and he is helping cement a strong Democratic majority in the future as more and more non-white immigrant children attain voting age in coming years.

Posted by Nathan at July 16, 2004 05:19 PM