The Progressive Push For Popular Vote

They haven’t stopped whining since early in the morning on November 9, 2016. Despite Democrat criticisms of Donald Trump as being a danger to democracy for saying he might not accept the election results, it actually seems to be Hillary Clinton and her enablers that are dangerous to our republic. Now DNC chair Tom Perez has taken it to a new level. He’s just lying. According to the Washington Free Beacon:

Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez incorrectly stated “the Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution” during a Tuesday night speech.

“The Electoral College is not a creation of the Constitution,” Perez said during a lecture at Indiana University Law School. “It doesn’t have to be there.”

According to the article, Perez went on to whine about Hillary having won the popular vote echoing Clinton’s own comments that the election was somehow illegitimate and suggesting we look to Kenya as a model for how to create a mechanism for overturning an election. I’m not kidding. She really said that.

Despite Democrat claims to the contrary we do not live in a democracy, by design. A brief review of the writings of the Founders will demonstrate some of the things they feared most in setting up a central government was the tyranny of the majority and the states becoming subservient to a monolithic central power. So we live in a Constitutional Republic. Say it slowly with me Democrats, Re-Pub-lic. See it isn’t so hard.

Some of the primary tools by which the Framers attempted to ensure that large and more populous states, like Texas and California, could not hold undue sway over smaller and less populous states, such as Montana and Rhode Island was the method by which we elected both Senators and the President.

Well, the Progressives in the early 20th century “fixed” how we elected Senators. Much to our detriment in this writer’s humble opinion. Now elected by popular vote, Senators have lost accountability to the government of their home state. Furthermore, they have become entrenched career politicians complicit in the expansion of federal power far beyond the intent of the Founders. Yes, Mitch and Diane, I’m looking at you.

The Progressive movement grew out of the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th and early 20th century due to rapid and fundamental economic changes. Now are dealing with the second wave of Progressives. In their zeal to address the problems posed by a society undergoing significant change due to technology and the global economy,  they desire a strong central government to ensure “fairness” and solve the problems that these changes bring. This is obvious in the popularity of Left-wing darlings, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris.

Their new obstacle? The Electoral College. You see, the Progressives have conquered many population centers including California, Oregon, Illinois and New York. In Texas and Georgia, they have made inroads in the large urban centers. If they can remove the last remaining obstacle to a government based only on popular vote, they can nearly ensure a Progressive candidate will head the Executive branch for the foreseeable future.

To achieve the destruction of the last remaining obstacle to State subservience to the Federal behemoth, they will continue the narrative of popular vote being more important and even resort to lying as Perez did in his speech. The Electoral College is enshrined in Article II if the Constitution for an explicit purpose.

Georgia is not California. Wyoming is not New York. And as incredulous as it may seem, those of us living in states that have not fallen victim to the Progressive mindset don’t want to be governed from the center as if we have. We don’t want to regulate pet stores. A law forcing public funding of abortion for any reason up until the moment of birth would also meet with quite a bit of resistance. These are just a few examples.

In this political moment, the entire national discussion has become so polarized, it’s often toxic. The differences between the coastal blue states and vast swaths of red states in the middle and to the south have been laid bare. Are red state voters really supposed to contemplate submitting to the will of large urban populations? All because Democrats and Progressives can’t get over the fact they ran a horrible retail candidate, who is ever more demonstrably corrupt, and lost?

Thank goodness the Founder’s had the wisdom to give us one more tool. The Amendment process. As is correct these are ratified by the states requiring a high bar for consensus before an overhaul to the Constitution can be affected. May we all bow to their far-reaching wisdom and thank our lucky stars the reign of Barack Obama gave us so many Republican run states. Or on January 20, 2020, you would be almost certainly choking on the phrase “President Harris”.




The Liberal Resistance: In Confusion – Clarity

If you follow the MSM, you could be forgiven for believing there is a spirit of confusion casting a pall over America. This general sense of turbulence only seemed to deepen after Charlottesville. Having milked the fictitious Russia collusion cum conspiracy for months on end; the MSM in concert with the Swamp went from All Things Russia to All Things Racist.

The only surprise was how quickly and energetically the DC Republicans hopped aboard that bandwagon, apparently once again frightened witless by potential of being a MSM target. The noise level and anti-Trump venom was already precipitously high with All Things Russia, but it increased exponentially with Charlottesville.

In the midst of the clamor, bits and pieces of information and data began to emerge, and clarity on some issues has been provided. One of those is racism, statues and the normal everyday American. It is now apparent the majority of Americans don’t approve of our statues being torn down. Whether its by the violence of a mob, or via the secret middle of the night city council machinations, destroying American’s history is unsettling at best.

By now, it is also abundantly clear Antifa, BLM and the SJW are predisposed to violence, believe violence is the most viable solution, and and expect to use violence in opposition to conservatives all the while labelling them racist and fascist. The fact that these outlaws are coddled and protected by the MSM does not go unnoticed by those in fly-over country.  Add to that, the fact that the Sanders/Warren socialist progressive faction ignore their criminal activities only increases the notion these groups are de facto endorsed by both MSM and the political progressive left. The clarity about these violent protest groups has only increased as the MSM and the political progressive steadily begin to seriously discuss eliminating the First Amendment as we now know it.

With All Things Racism going full-steam, you could be forgiven for believing the Democratic Party now has the upper hand. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clarity was provided with the July fund raising report for both parties. The RNC out raised the DNC by approximately $6 million. There are already calls for resignation of DNC Chairman Tom Perez, the DNC is in debt and doesn’t seem to have a clue in how to move forward into the 2018 election cycle.

The American airwaves have been inundated with negative anti-Trump reporting since the election. It has been overwhelming, to the point of parody at times. Given that, Nancy Pelosi should be far more popular than the GOP and the President. She’s not. This fact was driven home by the Congressional special election in Georgia. Tying the Democratic candidate to Pelosi was the virtual nail in the coffin. To date, she still polls lower than President Trump.

While clarity is not being provided by the MSM, there is a civil war within the Democratic Party, and this is a fight for the heart of the party. On the left is the Clinton/Feinstein/Pelosi/Schumer/McCaskill traditional liberal faction, and on the far left is the Sanders/Warren/Ellison progressive Socialist movement. This is currently being played out on the west coast, and this left coast civil war is just now beginning to creep into the national party conversation, with Sen. Warren D-MA advocating the fact that Socialist Democrats are in reality the true heart and soul of the party.

Between the dismal fund raising, the fallout over the Antifa/BLM violence and assault on the first amendment, and the total lack of national cohesion within the party, its hard to see how the Democratic Party can move forward and achieve its White House goal for 2020, much less 2018. What is now abundantly clear is the potential 2018 drubbing headed their way.  “Trump Bad – Democrats Good” simply is not a winning message. Ask Hillary. As it sits right now, the liberal party might gain a few House seats, but stand to lose between 6-8 senate seats, with further continued losses in the states. They seem condemned to their success being limited to the coasts and Chicago.

Lastly, if you add into this noxious stew, statements by state politicians calling for the assasination of our President, gallows humor about his death by late night comedians, along with the never-ending impeachment diatribe in the House, it is difficult to ascertain how the Democratic Party will get the Trump democrat vote back any time soon. Its not just a messaging problem, its not a just vision issue, nor it is solely about leadership.

What is clear as a bell is the Democratic Party has fundamentally changed. They have morphed into a fractious, anti-constitution, violent activist force for socialism. This type of movement isn’t new. Europe experienced this socialist force with the accompanying violence as they began their inexorable movement to Democratic Socialism.

Their success here in America is not so clear. But, what is clear is they will never give up. They will never quit. They will not stop in their attempts to push us to the far-left. The Resistance is real, it is virulent and aggressive.

Given that, we can’t afford confusion, no matter how much chaff the MSM throws our way. Fortunately, we can rest easy in the fact truth will always out, the clouds will part and clarity will come shining through.









RNC Chairwoman Calls Out Tom Perez For His Vulgar Language

“Republicans don’t give a sh*t about people!” DNC chairman Tom Perez screamed at an April event in Newark. The profanity-laced speech hosted by the New Jersey Working Families Alliance – which included claims that Donald Trump didn’t really win the election – was not the first or last time the Democratic Party chairman has directed crude language at the GOP.

Fast forward to this weekend. National Republican Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel got the chance to call Perez out over his words – straight to his face. In an intense discussion on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Perez and McDaniel sat only inches away from each other. Host Chuck Todd opined about centrists no longer feeling welcome in either party. McDaniel countered with a classy response to Perez’s vulgarity.

“With all due respect, when Tom’s saying Republicans don’t give a blank about anyone, when he goes around and says that about the other party. I know Democrats care about other people, we just have a difference of opinion on the path to get there,” Romney McDaniel stated.

“But that type of rhetoric doesn’t bring people to our parties. We have to have reasonable discussions, have a dialogue, be respectful of each other, but share our opinions as to what the best path is to get to the same place we both want to go, which is a better life or our kids, for our grandkids.”

The response prompted Todd to ask Perez if he regretted his past comments. The DNC chair, avoiding the question entirely, began talking about healthcare. He repeated the redundant liberal claim that “people will die” if the Republican healthcare bill were to pass.

Ronna Romney McDaniel, niece of 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, brought up a great point during the Sunday debate.

Both Republicans and Democrats care about the American public. We all care about people – it’s absurd to think otherwise. We all just want what’s best for our families. McDaniel was justified in reminding us this truth.

I understand the predicament Perez is in. No matter how good the optics appear for his party – Democrats just keep losing. They botched a very winnable presidential race. Their former DNC chair resigned in disgrace. Special election season left them 0-4 in every House election. Their party is suffering from record low fundraising numbers.

Dazed and confused, the DNC leader is grasping at anything that may change his party’s fortunes. In a crazy timeline where a loudmouth TV personality has successfully reached the White House, Perez is trying to emulate our president’s behavior in the hopes of energizing his own base.

This strategy clearly isn’t suited for him.

I think back to the waning days of the Republican primary. Marco Rubio (someone I really respect) was clearly losing out on the campaign trail. With hardly any states under his win column and pressure mounting for him to drop out, he began mimicking the behavior of the GOP candidate who was winning. Remember when Rubio mocked Trump’s “small” hands and referenced to another body part? Rubio even made fun of Trump’s tan skin. It was bizarre behavior.

This approach failed miserably for the Florida Republican. Rubio eventually had to walk back the comments and make a public apology. He dropped out of the race not long after. Responding to the crass behavior directed at him during a press conference, Trump explained simply why Rubio’s attempts misfired: “hostility works for some people — it doesn’t work for him.”

Perez should probably take notes from the Florida senator.




It’s the Culture, Not the Economy – and the Dems Don’t Realize It

Any party that elevates Tom Perez to its chairmanship in an effort to revive its mojo is obviously not one that excels at introspection and self-evaluation. After all, cussing at people and accusing everyone who abandoned your party of being a racist is not usually the quickest way to win them back.

To this point, conventional wisdom has been that Democrats lost the White House to Donald Trump because unlike previous Republican candidates, Trump appealed to the economic interests of Rust Belt, blue-collar workers that had reliably voted Democrat for years. But fascinating new data reveals that is not exactly the case.

[A] new study says that the real reason so many white blue collar workers went for Trump had nothing to do with their Hillbilly Elegy economic status. Instead, the data show that these voters were simply alienated by the cultural myopia of Democrats, who have focused on an intersectionality-laden definition of American politics, labeling straight white men the bad guy in their bizarre morality play.

In short: an increasing number of non-racist Americans have become fed up with being lectured by Democrats that they are racists. In fact, the study actually shows that blue-collar voters for whom economic hardship was the motivating factor in their presidential decision, were almost two times as likely to break for Hillary.

Where Democrats fell apart was in the area of “cultural displacement.” After years of pretending that the culture war was over and that they had won, after years of pretending that Republicans have overplayed so-called moral “wedge issues” to win votes, it appears the exact opposite is the case.

A decade of:

  • Lena Dunham lectures about sexuality
  • Miley Cyrus tirades about gender
  • Katy Perry feminisim rants
  • Barack Obama race-exploitation sermons
  • University safe space coddling

…it finally pushed average Americans from the heartland over the edge.

Now does this really matter? You bet it does. As it stands, Democrats and leftists are consoling themselves with the apparent false notion that a bit more attention paid to economic struggles of the middle class will get them back in power. Consequently they have chosen a direction under Tom Perez that doubles down on the cultural myopia and moral lecturing.

But if that’s what Americans have truly come to detest, rather than putting their car in reverse to back away from the edge of an electoral cliff, Democrats may have punched the accelerator instead.

New DNC Chair to Party: Support Abortion or Get Out

New Democrat National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez — who most recently served as former President Obama’s Secretary of Labor — declared over the weekend that all candidates in his party must formally declare support for abortion. Perez is the first leader of that respective party to call for such an extreme stance.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Here’s what Perez tweeted on the subject:

Looking for the extreme party? Here you go. Where are the pro-life Democrats? Should they be concerned about this leftward shift of the party they belong to?

This endorsement of hardline support for abortion comes at the heels of a story involving the DNC’s support of a mayoral candidate for Omaha, Nebraska–who is pro-life. NARAL and its president Ilyse Hogue have taken immense issue with the endorsement, so they issued the following statement:

“The actions today by the DNC to embrace and support a candidate for office who will strip women –  one of the most critical constituencies for the party – of our basic rights and freedom is not only disappointing, it is politically stupid.  Today’s action make this so-called ‘fight back tour’ look more like a throw back tour for women and our rights.

“If Democrats think the path forward following the 2016 election is to support candidates who substitute their own judgement and ideology for that of their female constituents, they have learned all the wrong lessons and are bound to lose. It’s not possible to have an authentic conversation about economic security for women that does not include our ability to decide when and how we have children.

“The Democratic Party, and its leaders, would be ill-advised to ignore data that blocking access to legal abortion does not win you a single vote, and robs women of dignity and autonomy. Abortion access is not a ‘single issue’ or a ‘social issue.’ It is a proxy for women to have control over our lives, our family’s lives, our economic well-being, our dignity, and human rights.

As American attitudes on abortion continue to tilt in favor of the right-to-life, the Democrat Party will continue to alienate the majority of Americans with their unapologetic endorsement of abortion at all stages. They thrive and depend on the support from nation’s largest abortion provider and government-subsidized corporation, Planned Parenthood, after all.

Conservatives and Republicans must seize upon this to continue promoting a culture of life, especially by promoting pregnancy crisis centers and their many services. For a party rooted in so-called “choice,” Democrats and their abortion allies hate offering women (and even members of their own party) real choices — including the right to choose life. Let’s do a better job at this, shall we?

New DNC Chair Perez Talks Trump, GOP In Uplifting Speech

In Newark, not too far from the Jersey Shore where Snooki and the Situation spawned their reality television careers and went on to change the world, something amazing happened.  That’s where Tom Perez, the Democrat National Committee’s newest chairman (and longtime member of the Hair Club for Men), gave a barn burner of a speech to the Working Families Alliance.  In it, he acknowledged that the election of 2016 had been a tough loss for Democrats–but in that loss, there was also an opportunity to learn from past mistakes and use those lessons to rebuild the party based on ideas and vision.  “No longer can we allow petty divisions and partisan bickering to distract us from the real issues that face us all as Americans,” he said in an impassioned plea.  “All of us only want what’s best for our families–and even though we may differ from Republicans on how to get there, I promise you that under my steady hand, we will bridge those differences and find a way together!”

Nah, just kidding.  He actually said that Donald Trump didn’t really win the election and that the GOP doesn’t give a sh-t about people:

The tone of the speech kind of reminds me of Howard Dean’s Iowa meltdown, but on substance it seems more like that time Spongebob Squarepants went on strike against the Krusty Krab.  Nevertheless, the ravenous crowd at the Working Families Alliance–and no, that totally doesn’t sound like a socialist front group–ate it up, and cheered Perez on like it was karaoke night at Lenin’s House of Reds and he had just finished singing the male and female leads from “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” all by himself.  Good to know that time he spent as Barack Obama’s labor secretary is finally paying off.

Not one to take such insults lightly, RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel responded with her own jab:

Chairman Perez’s comments are dangerous and undermine our democratic process.  Perhaps Mr. Perez needs a lesson on how the Electoral College works but whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump is our president. He should be ashamed of himself for insulting the millions of Americans who don’t share his liberal vision for our country. The Democrats are the minority party because of comments like those, and if he thinks this is the way back from the wilderness, he’s sorely mistaken. Mr. Perez should apologize and Democrats should denounce the rhetoric coming from the new leader of their Party.

All right, so it’s not exactly Muhammad Ali calling out Joe Frazier–but at least McDaniel stayed classy.  Also, if the GOP ever needs a few snarky but clean jokes for their next press release, I work cheap.

Now there might be some out there who would ask why I would expect better from a DNC chair whose biggest selling point was, “At least he’s not Keith Ellison.”  And there might still be others who would ask where I get off criticizing Perez for his rhetoric when this particular post is one barb after another.  Well, for one thing Perez is the elected leader of a major political party–and from the sound of things, he hasn’t learned that much from the Democrat’s losing streak.  While spinning tales of illegitimate elections and political opponents not caring about people might be great for rousing the rabble and fundraising, it doesn’t address how your party’s abandonement of the working-class voter caused them to abandon you for Donald Trump.  Secondly, I’m just a guy on the internet trying to deflate insufferable egos that need deflating (including those in my own party when necessary), and never have I asserted that Democrats are evil and/or stupid.  I just happen to think that their policy prescriptions are misguided–plus that donkey logo has got to go.  Seriously, bruh.

Talking these things out, however, gets a tick difficult when guys like Perez cast the opposition as Beelzebub.  Guess what, Tom?  Y’all ain’t no angels either.  Most of you have your hearts in the right place, but some of you only care about power first and people second, if at all.  Ditto the GOP.  None of us is without sin, yo–and it would go a long way toward patching things up if the usual suspects stopped casting so many stones.

DNC to Every Staffer: ‘You’re Fired’

If there was any doubt that the election of Donald Trump presented the Democratic Party with an existential crisis, the dire state of the liberal political party is evident by a report that Tom Perez, the new chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has requested the resignation of all DNC staffers. The request may signal that Perez intends to move the Democrats away from the influence of the Clintons and their ties to Wall Street.

NBC News reports that Leah Daughtry, an advisor to outgoing DNC chair and Clinton ally Donna Brazile, asked that all staffers submit a resignation letter dated April 15 after the selection of Perez in February. Perez will have the option of accepting or rejecting the resignations and asking some staffers to stay on under his administration.

The DNC insisted that there was nothing unusual about the request. “This is longstanding precedent at the DNC and has happened during multiple Chair transitions,” said spokeswoman Xochitl Hinojosa. “The process was started before the election of the new Chair. From the beginning, Tom has been adamant that we structure the DNC for future campaigns.”

Perez previously assembled a committee of 30 Democrats to aid in selecting and interviewing new staff at the DNC per NBC. The committee includes Democrats from a variety of backgrounds including Bernie Sanders supporter Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Black Lives Matters activist Deray McKesson, immigration activist Astrid Silva, Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), former South Carolina Gov. and DNC Chair Don Fowler, and former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

Perez, who served as the Secretary of Labor under Barack Obama, bested Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) for the DNC chairmanship in February. Ellison had the backing of Senators Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) while Perez, who was endorsed by former Vice President Joe Biden, was seen as a candidate of the Democratic establishment.

Clues to the new direction of the Democratic Party can be seen in Perez’s promise to not accept money from lobbyists and his realization that the Democrats are out of touch with rural voters in traditional Democrat strongholds. “One of the reasons we lost in places like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania is we’re not speaking to rural voters,” he told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in February.

The new DNC chair has two difficult tasks ahead. First, he must bring the varied factions of the party together after the bitter primary fight between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. There is some evidence that enough Democrat voters disillusioned with Clintonian corruption voted third party to make a difference in swing states.

Second, the Democrats must repair the damage that the Obama Administration did to their appeal to working class voters. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones pointed out that Clinton lost 14 points among white working class voters and eight points among Hispanic working class voters compared with 2012.

“This strongly suggests that the working class was primarily motivated by economic concerns and only secondarily by racial issues,” Drum writes.

The economic stagnation in Rust Belt states, many of which are led by Democrats, arguably pushed many blue-collar voters toward Donald Trump. After eight years of Barack Obama’s various wars on business and coal, the Democrats have much to do to regain their footing in some states that were deep blue in the near past.

Perez’s task is made all the more difficult by the fact that state and local Democrats took heavy losses in the Obama era. Republican wave elections ended the careers of many promising Democrats in 2010 and 2014. In all, Democrats lost more than 1,000 seats under President Obama according to Fox News.

Given these challenges, it is unsurprising that Perez might want to start with a clean slate as he rebuilds the DNC from scratch. “What we’re trying to do is culture change,” he told NBC News. “We’re repairing a plane at 20,000 feet. You can’t land the plane, shut it down, and close it until further notice.”

Obama’s Perez – The Long Game

Tom Perez, former Labor Secretary under the Obama administration was narrowly elected as Chairman DNC. It took two rounds of voting, after which, he promptly named Muslim Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison Vice Chair. As a calculated move to pacify the Bernie Sanders fringe, it didn’t seem to pay off.

“Ellison’s progressive supporters, angered by the results and shouting as the tally was announced, chanted: “Party for the people, not big money.” (Washington Examiner)

Tom Perez was born in Buffalo NY with immediate ancestral ties to many of the Dominican Republic elite. His maternal grandfather was the DR Ambassador to the US before being declared persona non-grata by the Trujillo regime. Born virtually a Beltway elite, Perez is Harvard educated with most of his career being in government.

That the new DNC Chair is ideologically aligned with the ex-president has been acknowledged for some time:

‘He is a progressive warrior in the mold of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren, only without any of the anti-Clinton animus typical to members of that crowd. Perez’s liberal credentials are as impeccable as they come. Mother Jones called him “one of the administration’s most stalwart progressives.” Conservative policy experts who have followed his work in the Justice and Labor Departments consider him perhaps the Obama administration’s most radical and relentless ideologue.” (National Review)

National Review then quoted Iain Murray,  Vice President of Strategy for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who didn’t hesitate to give his candid assessment:

“Perez is possibly the most dangerous person in the administration right now. His rewriting of U.S. labor law is probably the most fundamental attack on the free-enterprise system going on at present,” Murray says. “If he has his way, we won’t just revert to the 1930s. We’ll do things that even Franklin Roosevelt couldn’t do, like eliminate vast numbers of independent-contractor jobs and unionize those that remain.”

NR then concluded by Murray’s dire warning:

“Perez’s ideological vision are driven by an arrogant insistence that most workers are oblivious to their own exploitation by employers, and need the state to intervene to help them understand proper “work-life balance” or to make basic choices about work.”

Ex-President Obama has a long-term strategy to transition America into a hyper-Muslim sympathetic, democratic socialist nation. Installing Tom Perez is the first step. Working with former Attorney General Eric Holder, to challenge traditional voter laws is the second. But in order to achieve his real goal, ultimately Obama will need a nationwide base of unquestioning voters.

The Democratic Party, led by the very vocal Sander/Obama Progressive faction are a minority in search of an acquiescent foundational base. Progressive democrats such as Obama, Perez, and Holder view the burgeoning Hispanic vote as their near to mid-term party base, replacing the recently abandoned blue collar union voter base.

Standing in their path to success is President Trump and the Republican Party. Any success is going to measured by their battle to keep the southern US border open for entry by illegal aliens, as well as obtain voting rights for illegals currently living in the US.

MSM and the party leaders will not give up on their open borders fight. The press may move from one policy argument to another, but the constant thread will be articles condemning President Trump’s illegal alien deportation policies, as well as highlighting supposed rights violations created by these policies.

Out with the old, in with the new. As the more traditional base blocs of the Democratic Party begin to feel marginalized and neglected, it is incumbent upon the Republican Party to bring them into their tent, and make them feel welcome.