Sunday, July 12, 2009

Republican party continues to shrink and become more right-wing:

The Young Republicans are moving more and more to be the party of straight whites: (emp add)
Audra Shay, accused of endorsing racial slurs and hate, was elected to lead the Young Republicans yesterday. (...)

The Young Republicans faced a stark choice at their convention in Indianapolis yesterday as they chose their next leader: a center-right twentysomething interested in greater outreach, or a self-described “true conservative” who is almost 40 and spent last week dealing with Daily Beast reports about her beliefs, which are, at best, often hateful, and at worst, downright racist. The delegates, in a vote of 470-415, chose the latter. (...)

“They just took a vote that may have set the party back 30 years,” said the co-founder of, Lenny McAllister, speaking from the floor of the Hyatt convention hall. “They just voted for a candidate who has a demonstrated tolerance for racial intolerance. She has joked about lynching and then claimed to be a victim. As a black man, I still don’t see what’s funny about that.”
More on Shay here, which includes this observation: (emp add)
[This week] hundreds of Young Republicans—many of whom, tellingly, given the party’s recent troubles with Generation Y voters, are pushing 40 — descend on Indianapolis to chose their leader
Dying party? History says that's unlikely, but the prognosis as about as bad as it can be.


"HipHopRepublican.Com". I'll bet that has a following. Well, maybe a few people with a morbid curiosity...

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/12/2009 1:25 PM  

What a pathetic crowd.

OTOH, they have a lot of room to grow. For instance, when only 6% of scientists identify as Republicans, they can only go up.

I doubt they're dead but seeing how unserious they are (even during the kabuki of the Sotomayor hearings today), the country would be better off without them.

By Blogger riffle, at 7/13/2009 12:13 PM  

Federalist Party 1789–1820
Democratic-Republican Party 1792–1824
Whig Party 1833–1856
Free Soil Party 1848–1855
Know-Nothing Party 1854–1858
Populist Party 1892–1908
Bull Moose Party 1912–1914
Dixiecrats 1948
Republican Party 1854–2010?

By Anonymous Screamin' Demon, at 7/13/2009 2:40 PM  

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