Some leaders expressed worry that the turn to contentious social issues in the days leading up to the Republican National Convention, where the party platform is likely to embrace a tough anti-abortion stance and strict curbs on immigration, could undercut the party’s need to broaden its appeal. Many of them said they feared it was hastening a march to becoming a smaller, older, whiter and more male party. [New York Times]
REPUBLICANS HAVE A big problem, which Todd Akin emphasized last week with the convention in Tampa bringing it center stage. It’s breaking out in the open this week.
The only people who care about former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist endorsing Pres. Obama are the political elites and the establishment of both parties, though for different reasons. But what Crist said while doing it is the big Republican problem.
But an element of their party has pitched so far to the extreme right on issues important to women, immigrants, seniors and students that they’ve proven incapable of governing for the people. Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion, even for rape victims. The truth is that the party has failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve. – Former Gov. Charlie Crist: Here’s why I’m backing Barack Obama
Jeb Bush doesn’t see the large disparity with women and minorities a problem either, but he delicately made the point on Meet the Press that in the long-term, Republicans have to reach out to a broader section of Americans.
It’s much more dire than this for Republicans looking forward and it will get even worse if Pres. Obama wins the White House. The Republican base has never been excited about Mitt Romney, with Mike Huckabee’s backing of Todd Akin revealing a fissure that could live beyond this year and set a virus loose that would infect 2016.