A decline in the number of white voters and a surge in voters from ethnic minorities and women helped Obama on election night. Ohio, one of the key battleground states, was captured in part through a rise in turnout among African-Americans, who voted overwhelmingly for Obama.
So what does this mean for the Tea Party, a segment of the GOP which traffics in racism and xenophobia? The base of the GOP seems to want its pound of flesh, meaning it expects GOP lawmakers to express hostility toward blacks and Hispanics as sort of a purity litmus test before getting elected. How does the GOP tamp down its base and reach out to minorities?
The difficulty of that task has Democrats all over America smiling right about now.
The GOP has created a monster, and lost control of the reins. What happens from this point on is anyone’s guess.