Sen. Lindsey Graham: We're not losing 95% of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we're not being hard-ass enough" on possible Mitt Romney loss.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC): Loss of Black and Hispanic Votes Would Be Reason for Romney Defeat. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “If I hear anybody say it was because Romney wasn’t conservative enough I’m going to go nuts. We’re not losing 95% of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we’re not being hard-ass enough.”

Politico quotes Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), saying that demographics would be the only reason for a hypothetical Mitt Romney loss Tuesday.

Yeah, the blame game has begun and the election isn’t even over. Funny he should bring up Hispanic and black voters. Latino Decisions found that Hispanics support President Obama in historic numbers — 73 percent. They believe that’s enough to carry President Obama to victory in four swing states and ultimately to win re-election. Those four swing states are  Nevada, Colorado, Virginia, and Florida.

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President Obama Gets 73 Percent of Hispanic Vote, Enough That Could Help Him Carry Four Swing States and Get Reelected (Table Source: Latino Decisions)

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

Leave a replyComments (19)
  1. SteveK November 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    Mr. Graham seems to have missed the part about:

    1. The Republican lead lower house FAILURE to govern; and,
    2. The Republican minority in the senate doing everything in their power (including a record smashing use of the filibuster) to make America fail.
  2. Carl November 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    “hard-ass enough”-

    Interesting choice of words. Apparently the Tea Party take-over of the Republican party is causing some concern among Republican moderates that may decide to vote for Democrats rather than Michelle Bachmann’s crazy ideology her Tea Party promotes and Graham does not speak out against. Therefore Senator Graham is not a moderate. If he really don’t like what’s happening, then he should look in the mirror as he “goes nuts”. He shouldn’t point fingers at the electorate that don’t buy into his far right ideological understanding of the world. The electorate’s right to vote him and his Tea Party friends into political oblivion is sovereign, not his frustration with them. Whether or not he goes “nuts”.

  3. slamfu November 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    The GOP wants to say its not racist, yet they want to blame demographics. As if non white voters weren’t Americans. Some sort of 5th column inside out nation out to never vote for them. Its so absurd. When you blame demographics, you are essentially admitting you forgot to include all Americans in your agenda. That you favored one over the rest. GOP, you forgot about a big chunk of this nation in your policies, in your rhetoric, and most importantly, in your hearts. Don’t just throw up your hands and say there was nothing you could do, take it as a chance to reflect on your ways.

  4. CStanley November 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    It’s a given that whichever side loses will not acknowledge policy failure as the reason for their loss, despite the failure of both parties for at least a generation.

  5. rudi November 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    If the Republicans don’t change, they will become the NASCAR Alabama party. The clowns at Politico are already whining that Obamama isn’t the party of redneck white males.

    From an article just out from Politico …

    If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. That’s what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and it’s possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

    A broad mandate this is not.

    As I’ve written many times before, the second rate product. If this is a subject that interests you, I’d encourage you to read the piece I linked right there.

    Or to be more specific, Obama’s winning but not with the best votes. I mean really, if you can’t win with a broad cross-section of white people, can you really be said to represent the country? Really.

    LOL If you ain’t a white male from the South your vote isn’t important. Really messed up when the vote slipped away from WASP’s and let those womens vote…

  6. Rcoutme November 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Blame it on failed policies? The GOP has policies?

  7. ShannonLeee November 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    Maybe he is just admitting that Reps have a demographic problem. A problem that equates to a platform that does not translate in a changing country.

    I think he is admitting that the policies are the problem.

  8. Michael Hamilton November 5, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    heaven forbid they blame it on failed policy

  9. zusa1 November 5, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    “Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) Blames Possible Romney Election Loss on Demographics”

    He’s not blaming the demographics. He’s acknowledging that the demographics he cites are already to the left of where Gov. Romney is and for anyone to claim that he wasn’t conservative enough would be ridiculous. He speaking to the platform not the demographics.

  10. ShannonLeee November 5, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    z, we seriously need to stop agreeing.

  11. zusa1 November 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    sl, it is a little scary!

  12. zusa1 November 5, 2012 at 7:50 pm

    I suggest reading the polito article excerpted above for context.

  13. sometimes November 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    As if non white voters weren’t Americans.

    Maybe it’s because I don’t want to, but I have a hard time believing that Graham is implying that minorities aren’t Americans. As you state in the end of your paragraph, I think Graham is suggesting that there may be something inherently wrong with the platform – be the position on immigration or on issues that may be more pertinent to the African American community. Really Graham is trying to rebuke the extremists in his party – which is probably a good idea…

  14. SteveK November 5, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Really Graham is trying to rebuke the extremists in his party – which is probably a good idea…

    That’s silly… For the last 8 plus years Graham has been a major extremist in the Republican Party and you want to re-write history and let him off the hook?

    Too funny.

  15. sometimes November 5, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Lindsey Graham was a member of the Gang of 14, so I think it’s a bit much to suggest he’s a “major extremist.” When I think of extreme republicans, I think of DeMint, Coburn and Rand Paul.

  16. SteveK November 5, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    Sometimes we pretend to forget about the war mongering three stooges… McCain, Graham & Lieberman.

    Because sometimes it doesn’t fit into our pov…

    And sometimes we ignore the facts… hoping sometimes others will too.

  17. sometimes November 6, 2012 at 2:03 am

    I don’t understand what you are saying Steve…McCain, Graham and Lieberman are all moderates IMO. I do find your puns pretty, um, nevermind…

  18. ShannonLeee November 6, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Steve, he is a hawk, but not an extremist. At least not Paul Ryan extremist.

  19. SteveK November 6, 2012 at 8:48 am

    So you are guys saying that you think war mongering neo-cons are moderates and NOT extremists?

    I call that bluff and raise you a John Bolton