In the aftermath of the election, there is a lot of soul searching going on among the ranks of the Republican Party. I am particularly amused by the advice on how to revitalize the Republicans being offered by pundits who would never in a million years be caught dead actually voting for them. “If the Republicans want to become viable again, they have to embrace the Democratic Party platform.”
Most of the analysis has focused on identity politics. The Republicans appealed to older, married whites, who are a shrinking share of the population. The Democrats appealed to single women, African-Americans, Asians, and especially Hispanics, who are a growing share of the population. So the standard advice is that the Republicans will have to give amnesty to illegal immigrants. The dilemma for the Republicans is that is they help expand the Hispanic population, and Hispanics tend to vote Democratic, they are hastening their own demise.
I have also noticed that exactly no one has suggested that the Republicans try and expand their appeal to African-Americans. I think the assumption is that African-Americans will vote as such a monolithic bloc for the Democrats that any efforts to court that demographic are wasted. If this is true, it would explain why neither party is doing anything on those lines. Why would the Democrats waste political capital on people who are going to vote for them no matter what?
Personally, I would like to see a shift away from identity politics, and back into the arena of governing philosophy. The Republicans are the party of smaller government, the party that celebrates self-reliance. The Democrats are the party of bigger government, the party that celebrates compassion. Those are pretty clear fault lines. Properly articulated, I think thet Republicans can make a pretty good case that the government powerful enough to give you everything you want is powerful enough to take everything you have.