The Hill’s Laura Barron-Lopez inked today that Rand Paul believes that the GOP needs to “diversify its ranks.” Is that the correct word? What does it mean to have more variety in its membership? To this analyst, “variety” is not as important as growth in numbers, which is the aim isn’t it? Paul is correct, the GOP cannot win national elections with its current mix: wealthy white males, bigoted rednecks, and evangelical religious extremists. Calculate: 5% + 5% +5% = 15%. Now, who else want to ride on that bus?
List of possible growth targets:
1. Recruit more unemployed Americans who blame their plight on liberals who give all the jobs to people of color.
2. Recruit more people who live in big cities.
3. Recruit more women with tattoos.
4. Recruit more young people, especially those with college loans.
5. Recruit more legal Latinos.
That should do it. Calculate: 3% + 3% + 1% + 2% + 1% = 10%. 10% + 15% = 25% which is about where they are.
“Rand Paul: GOP needs to diversify ranks
By Laura Barron-Lopez
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says the GOP must expand its base into a broader coalition that welcomes diversity if it wants to win national elections.
Paul, a possible 2016 presidential hopeful, addressed the Maine Republican Party convention on Saturday.
Speaking to the state's GOP, which has been troubled by infighting since libertarian activists devoted to Paul's father took control, the audience heard words of compassion, the Associated Press reports.
Matching with this year's convention theme of "unity," Paul told the crowd that Republicans must extend a hand to groups that the country has mistreated.
"If we want to want to have a bigger party, we have to show concern for those who aren't doing very well: the long-term unemployed ... lose who live in poverty, those who live in big cities," he said."