The Republicans have a black problem. And they have a Hispanic problem. Not to mention the “war on women.” And Republicans can’t win the White House without solving them. In today’s multicultural America, you can’t win a nationwide race on the basis of white males alone.
At some level, the Republicans seem to realize this. They frequently conduct and even publish surveys showing how they must diversify their base if they hope to win. But the analysis doesn’t trickle down to Republican base voters or even impact the Congressional leadership to make a difference on the policy level.
You can have as many conservative black analysts on Fox News as you like, but minority voters have caught on to Republican tactics and will only reward them with votes if they change their behavior.
Take the current scandal with Representative Steve Scalise of Louisiana. At the very least, he should be demoted from a leadership position. No one is saying he needs to resign, but the Republicans cannot afford to wink at the participation of one of their members with a hate group.
Or what about immigration? The more the Republicans fight a solution to illegal immigration, the more they will drive away much needed Hispanic voters.
To become a more diverse party, Republicans can’t just talk the talk, they must walk the walk.