In 1976, 90 percent of the votes cast in the presidential election came from non-Hispanic whites. In 2008, John McCain won this vote by a 56-43 margin. Had John McCain run in 1976 instead of 2008, not only would he have won, but he would have won the popular vote before a single non-white vote was cast. So, despite all the chatter about the impact of Sarah Palin, despite the unpopularity of President Bush, despite the difficulty of the same party winning a third consecutive national election, despite the charisma of Barack Obama (and the love shown to him by the mainstream media), despite the financial meltdown of September, despite any other factor anyone can cite, if John McCain had been the candidate at a time when non-Hispanic whites were the overwhelming majority of the voters, he would be president now.
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I know this article seems like a no-brainer, but it's not that simple. Republicans want minorities in their party, but they are clueless on how to attract/maintain their support without diluting the basic principles. Minority Republicans like myself have a devil of a time convincing others to break away from the Democrats. I thought Steele would work to make this better, but that hasn't happened yet.