On Bigotry

Given the amount of attention my announcement that I am leaving the Republican Party is getting, I thought I should remind everyone about my previous statements on bigotry in the conservative movement. I’ve talked about how it’s politically damaging dozens of times, but I think my remarks last year at the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s event at CPAC best sum up my thoughts. Here is the video of that short speech –


One Reply to “On Bigotry”

  1. Jimmy,

    I’m reallly sorry to hear that you are leaving the GOP. But it’s understandable, given the GOP base’s current demographics and attitude.

    However, I believe that the GOP’s problem goes deeper than the anti-gay bigotry which concerns you most. I’ve heard similar frustrations expressed by Republican Hispanic activists too. And the negative reactions to columns on Townhall.com by Linda Chavez and by the occasional conservative single mom have been something to behold.

    I first became a conservative in the late 1970s. I enthusiastically backed both Reagan and Bush 41 for President.

    And comparing the state of the movement today to what it was back then, I have concluded that the movement has recently turned inward. Compared to the 1970s and Reagan era, today’s conservative movement is much less interested in outreach than it is in just mobilizing its shrinking white married Christian base in election after election.

    Everyone who is not a white married Christian is automatically suspect: Young voters are ignorant “low information” voters. Blacks just want favors from the Government. Hispanic immigrants are invaders of the Reconquista. Sexually active single women (are there any virgins left?) are sluts. Single moms should have kept their legs together. Etc.

    This didn’t happen by accident. For too long, the GOP operated on a certain playbook by certain political consultants who decided that the way to win elections like the election in 2000 was to stroke the GOP’s base and get them to turn out in large numbers, rather than by attracting new voters into the party. But meanwhile, the GOP’s older base was dying off, new voters were not voting Republican, and the path to victory for the GOP was getting narrower with each new Presidential term.

    The GOP needs a new playbook, one that gives equal weight to attracting new voters as it does to mobilizing its (shrinking) older white married Christian base. And I’m not limiting that to gay voters. Young people, Hispanics, single women, should all be made to feel welcome in the GOP.

    The bottom line is: I’m straight, not gay. I’m white, not black or Hispanic. But I don’t feel welcome in the GOP anymore either. These days, you practically have to pass an entrance exam of litmus tests to get in. And I’m not interested in that.

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