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Rand Paul calls for GOP integration plan: Could mean bussing

Rand Paul says reach out
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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."

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news-campaigns/204467-rand-paul-presses-need-to-diversify-gop-ranks#ixzz305YIjYWO

1. Recruit more unemployed Americans who blame their plight on liberals who give all the jobs to people of color.
1. Recruit more unemployed Americans who blame their plight on liberals who give all the jobs to people of color. Alex Wong/Getty Images

1. Recruit more unemployed Americans who blame their plight on liberals who give all the jobs to people of color.

A tip from Alabama:

“Republicans effectively dominate Alabama politics, but the GOP’s minority recruitment successes push what would ordinarily be an uninteresting primary into “one to watch” territory, if only to see whose theories win out. One of those new African-American recruits, the 65-year-old Bill McCollum (presumably no relation to the former Florida Republican congressman of the same name), who is running for Fayette County sheriff, said that black voters would “love to see their money stay in their pockets as opposed to being wasted on taxes and social welfare programs.””

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/26/gop-alabama-minority-outreach_n_5035984.html

2. Recruit more people who live in big cities.
2. Recruit more people who live in big cities. ALEX WONG/GETTY IMAGES

2. Recruit more people who live in big cities.

Historical lesson:

“President Obama's victory over Mitt Romney in last Tuesday's presidential election was driven, in part, by the president's strength in urban areas, where robust support cushioned the incumbent against electoral deficits in rural America. But almost a week after the election, it is now becoming clear just how lopsided President Obama's victory was in some cities: in dozens of urban precincts, Mitt Romney earned literally zero votes.”

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/romney-earned-zero-votes-in-some-urban-precincts/

3. Recruit more women with tattoos.
3. Recruit more women with tattoos. Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

3. Recruit more women with tattoos.

“Check it out: Ted Cruz, the Republican Party's tattooed bad boy

by USA Today

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Who knew Ted Cruz could get inked up and was buff to boot?

Well, not exactly. But posters of the Texas senator – looking every bit the tattooed bad boy of the Republican Party – were spotted in Los Angeles last week. One such poster was labeled: “Ted Cruz’s So-Cal Blacklisted & Loving it Tour,” according to Breitbart News. The black and white posters appeared near such hip and trendy clubs as the Viper Room and the Whiskey-a-Go-Go.”

http://www.kens5.com/news/Check-it-out-Ted-Cruz-the-Republican-Partys-tattooed-bad-boy-250530011.html

4. Recruit more young people, especially those with college loans.
4. Recruit more young people, especially those with college loans. Getty Imagse/Victoria Pearson

4. Recruit more young people, especially those with college loans.

“It’s Official: At Dartmouth, The Word ‘Fiesta’ Is Racist And White People Can’t Use It
10:21 AM 04/26/2014

Another ridiculous politically-correct brouhaha has broken out at Dartmouth College, America’s most hopelessly and disturbingly fragile Ivy League school.

This time, the fracas is over a fundraiser for cardiac care that the Phi Delta Alpha fraternity and the Alpha Phi sorority had planned to jointly sponsor, reports Campus Reform.

Problems arose because a single student, junior Daniela Hernandez, was offended by the party’s theme of “Phiesta.”

As a result, the soiree, which was scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled by the presidents of the respective Greek organizations."

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2014/04/26/its-official-at-dartmouth-the-word-fiesta-is-racist-and-white-people-cant-use-it/#ixzz305kW3Vug

5. Recruit more legal Latinos.
5. Recruit more legal Latinos. Joe Raedle/Getty Images

5. Recruit more legal Latinos.

“Are Democrats winning Hispanics because they put forward a more welcoming face than Republicans do — one more in keeping with America’s tradition of assimilating migrants yearning to breathe free? Yes, up to a point. But they’re also winning recent immigrants because those immigrants often aren’t assimilating successfully — or worse, are assimilating downward, thanks to rising out-of-wedlock birthrates and high dropout rates. The Democratic edge among Hispanics depends heavily on these darker trends: the weaker that families and communities are, the more necessary government support inevitably seems.”

http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/2012/11/texmessage-charlie-gonzalez-blasts-ny-times-columnist-defends-hispanic-voters/