The GOP must change
The GOP finds itself in a dilemma: managing the tea party while dealing with the demographic shifts in the US that see the white population declining as a portion of the total population and the rapid growth of the Latino population, who traditionally vote or lean Democrat. The question is whether the GOP can rebrand itself to accommodate Latino voters, who share some values with Republicans, and the Tea Party, which cares more about government and less about values.
Gregory F. Treverton writes,
Sources:RAND, Oct 2010, page 7, 9:
Paul Taylor and Richard Fry, “Hispanics and the 2008 Election: A Swing Vote?,” Pew Hispanic Center, December 6, 2007, available at http://pewhispanic.org/reports/report.php?ReportID=83.
Matt Stiles and Zahira Torres, “Texas Still Waiting for Latinos to Show Power at Polls,” El Paso Times, July 26, 2010, available at http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/texas-still-waiting-for-latinos-to-vote/.
Not the tea party you thought you knew
The long-term impact of the Tea Party is hard to gauge, but most acknowledge that it is an important new fixture of the American political landscape. Their vocal power brings a particular set of concerns to the Republican agenda. Moreover, contrary to what many on the left might think, the Tea Party is representative of the US in terms of age, income, and education levels.
Gregory F Treverton writes,
Sources:RAND, Oct 2010, page 2,3: http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/RAND_Oct2010.pdf
P.J. O‟Rourke, “Innocence Abroad: The Tea Party‟s Search for a Foreign Policy,” World Affairs, available at http://www.worldaffairsjournal.org/articles/2010-SeptOct/full-ORourke-SO-2010.html.
Allstate/National Journal/Heartland Monitor poll, Sepltember 10, 2010.