Daniel Hannan has a really interesting blog post today about the “whiteness” of the Tory party. Substitute “Republican” for “Tory” and it defines the same problem Republicans have reaching out to ethnic minorities. Hannan makes two good points (but he’s always making good points):
- When an ethnic group becomes associated with a single party, they tend to become marginalized. That party can ignore their interests because they’ve got their votes regardless, and the other parties ignore them as well because they believe it’s hopeless trying to get their votes.
- The Canadian conservative party has begun winning back ethnic votes because it reaches out to immigrants as soon as they arrive. Normally, it’s the liberal party which does this, and immigrants immediately begin seeing life through the liberal-colored glasses. It’s hard work and time consuming, and the work never ends, but by getting out there face to face and talking to ethnic minorities, they’ve begun to make inroads.
Republicans, are you listening?