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Why Asian-Americans Have Turned Their Backs on the Republican Party

The Republican Party’s problems with Latino voters are well documented, but its poor performance with Asian-Americans should be giving the party even greater pause. By and large, Asian-Americans are affluent, well educated, and disproportionately absent from the dreaded 47 percent. Moreover, they once had a history of voting Republican. In 1992, Asian-Americans favored George H. W. Bush over Bill Clinton, and four years later they went for Bob Dole.

Much has changed. Since 2000, Asian-Americans have consistently voted Democratic. In 2008, Asian-Americans gave 62 percent of their vote to Barack Obama. Last November that number jumped to 73 percent even as the president’s margin of victory in the popular vote was cut in half as he garnered a Dukakis-like 41 percent of white voters and slid by more than 13 points among Jewish-Americans.

It is not for lack of trying that Republicans are being rebuffed by this fast-growing, though still small, demographic. Republicans in Louisiana and South Carolina nominated Indian Americans to be their party’s respective gubernatorial nominees, and after both candidates won they were nationally showcased. At the cabinet level, add Elaine Chao, who served for eight years as W’s Labor secretary and is the wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

From a policy perspective, the Republicans have been more welcoming to Asians than to other immigrants. During the 2012 campaign, Mitt Romney supported increased immigration by skilled workers (read: Asians), despite demanding “self-deportation” for nondocumented aliens (read: Latinos). Republican rising star Marco Rubio, together with Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Chris Coons and Republican Orrin Hatch, recently sponsored legislation to increase the number of H1-B visas granted to educated and skilled employees. Asian immigrants hold more than two in five of the H1-B high-skill visas presently issued.

The GOP’s appeal has gone beyond tokenism, yet its pitch has lacked purchase. Asian-Americans are no longer buying what the GOP is selling. Why the buyers’ remorse?

These days, the GOP strikes Asian-Americans, along with many other Americans, as hostile to science and modernity. For example, George W. Bush severely restricted the use of federal funds for embryonic stem-cell research and cast his very first presidential veto to block enactment of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act. More recently, Congressman Paul Broun of Georgia—a member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee and a prospective Senate candidate—declared that evolution, embryology, and the Big Bang were lies that emanated from the pit of Hell. Apparently, a low-taxes-only agenda is no longer enough to woo a demographic whose median household income exceeds $90,000 by the time that they become third-generation Americans.

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by Anonymousreply 1308/20/2013

All Republicans have left is angry racist white men.

Even the elderly are starting to turn away from the GOP, the way the GOP is attacking social security and medicare.

by Anonymousreply 108/18/2013

Who HAVEN'T Republicans alienated?

by Anonymousreply 308/19/2013

It just goes to show HOW desperate the Republicans are. They drive away up-and-coming demographics, do they think that white folks will suddenly make an upswing in their rapidly declining birthrate? They keep acting like it's the 1950's, and have no concept of the long-range Big Picture. So long, Pubbies.

by Anonymousreply 408/20/2013

The latest thing with Republicans seems to be saying the rudest thing possible in any given situation in order to rebel against "political correctness." So they haul out the most insulting, degrading stereotypes they can think of in order to test each other on how "incorrect" they can stand to be and to see how angry they can make the "correct" people and then ridicule them for being "correct." It would take an Elaine Chao-Michelle Malkin level of personal vileness to tolerate that.

by Anonymousreply 508/20/2013

Republican? Democrat? I don't care! Just stay away from the west side!

by Anonymousreply 608/20/2013

Asians are too highly educated to buy into GOP lies.

by Anonymousreply 708/20/2013

OP, Well put. Why would anyone think that the past is better than the future, unless they're selling a TV show or movie? We're dealing with current problems and need the most modern ways to solve them. Even most captains of industry, Repubs traditional stronghold, should be aware of that fact.

Also where are Asians in the right-wing fundie version of the End Times? Quiverfull families are shockingly racist.

by Anonymousreply 808/20/2013

Excuse me, R9, but we're over this. How does it feel to be a living cliche?

by Anonymousreply 1008/20/2013

I think they're even beginning to alienate portions of their own base. Poverty has hit every demographic group pretty hard and some more than others. Well, except for African Americans. African Americans are the only demo group to have a decrease in both the overall poverty rate and child poverty rate which is probably due to enormous gains in college enrollment, 70% increase in black-owned business since around 2002 among other things.... Plus poverty reduction has been a consistent pattern for that demo group since the 60s so it's kind of an anomaly. Anyway, my point is that I've been reading a lot of articles about poverty lately and it would seem that many members of the white working class are getting pretty fed up with Republicans and are starting to realize that Republicans are only concerned with the rich. Of course I've also seen some Liberal bashing but I was surprised to see some Republican bashing as well ( particularly on right leaning sites). Of course this probably doesn't mean much but it would be great if the white working class finally decided to wake up to reality.

by Anonymousreply 1108/20/2013

[quote] The Republican Party’s problems with Latino voters are well documented

yes, they hate them (Latinos)and everything they stand for

by Anonymousreply 1208/20/2013

R11, I guarantee that you will see more GOP bashing by mainstream Repubs. The billionaires trying to run the party are very right wing and pro-government control, as well as extremely racist.

Much of the base are not true fundies, don't want to give up their porn, let alone R-rated movies, and generally support the idea of medical marijuana for those in severe pain. These are views held by the less religious who are both working class and members of the upper crust.

Hope the Democrats are already planning on how to get the word out of how rigid the Repubs have become. It's not just Asian Americans who should be turning their backs on the GOP.

by Anonymousreply 1308/20/2013
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