It's been only two days and I'm already at the Tina Fey point of wanting to scream about a word, only the offensive word, in this latest instance, is "demographics." For 48 hours it's been interviews and discussions and newspaper columns and miscellaneous blogging about the GOP and its demographics problem. The story is that the old white guys' party is coming up short with women, with blacks, and with Hispanics. It's been a veritable "news-and-info"-wall of demographics, demographics, demographics, when it should be a story about the party's opacity.
In the immediate aftermath of the GOP's 2008 shellacking, Jeb Bush and Eric Cantor went on a "Listening Tour." Remember? They hit the road to hear "the people," many of whom--egads--were not old, white, and grumpy. And it was during that tour that Mr. Bush uttered a vivid reality: We're losing the demographics game, he said, and we won't start re-winning until we change our playbook and actually try to attract women and minorities. His analysis was quite simple and very clear and penetratingly accurate. So pretty much everyone in his party, including his touring buddy, either promptly ignored him or failed to comprehend.
Jeb Bush's analysis wasn't really insight, though. It was elementary math. Of what he warned wasn't some arcane, enigmatic cryptology meant only for the discerning ears of the supremely wise. It was, rather, the kind of stuff a child of five could understand: more folks on your side mean more votes on Election Day. Pretty simple.
Yet here we are, four years later, and this is all coming as news to the Republican Party? I'm sorry. It's not so much that I violently disagree with their prehistoric ideologies, which of course I do. It's that they're just too stupid to govern.