Remember when Clint Eastwood addressed an empty chair as a prop, channeling his inner Obama during the RNC? Well … the chair won the election because the Republicans came up empty with the burgeoning minority populace in this country. Romney captured 60% of the white vote to Obama’s 38%. Obama actually slipped 5% in the popular vote among whites compared to his 2008 totals, garnering the smallest share of the white vote since Walter Mondale lost in a landslide to Reagan in 1984. Something tells me that Chris Christie won’t be showcasing Clint Eastwood when he likely gets the Republican nod in 2016.
We are rapidly approaching a tipping point when Caucasians in this country will be categorized as non-ethnic, rather than ethnicities being categorized as minorities. Obama carried the black vote by 80%, the Hispanic vote by 40%, and surprisingly – to me at least – the Asian vote by nearly 50%. This election was a dead heat in popular vote and a lopsided win in electoral votes. Press 2 to hear this in English if you don’t grasp the significance of that. The quilt that is the electoral vote represents a lopsided distribution of diversified populace in states with greater representation. Even Newt Gingrich has recognized that the Republicans need to cast a wider net.
In his acceptance speech, the President did some channeling of his own, promising in Sinatra-like fashion that the best is yet to come. A more sobering analysis of the challenges he faces is presented here. Let’s hope that the optimism fueling the electoral college to re-up the President for four more years translates into positive action. For our collective sake, the chair cannot afford to come up empty.