For a smart man, Dr. Charles Krauthammer, columnist and Fox News contributor (long known as Charles the Good in this wise), said something incredibly stupid as one of a myriad of panelists over the weekend at National Review's focus on the future of conservatism in American (most of it was aired on C-Span One).
When asked about demographic trends that the Republican Party needs to overcome (93 percent of African Americans voted for Obama in 2012 but even more alarming, he carried more than 70 percent of the Hispanic and Asian vote), Dr. Krauthammer commented that if you take Hispanics out of the equation, the Republicans are in fine shape.
That would be like saying if you take California, New York, and Illinois out of the equation, Republicans would be in fine shape.
You can't take those states out of the equation, and you can't take the ever-increasing Hispanic population out of the equation of American electoral politics.
In fact, it could be argued that Hispanics ARE the equation.
Not only that, but Dr. Krauthammer completed ignored another segment of the population which Republicans have managed to totally alienate.
You're way ahead of me.
I speak, of course, of the LGBT community. For those unfamiliar with the acronym, that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender portion of the population, perhaps as much as ten percent but to avoid an argument, let's say it's only five percent. That's still a significant percent of the voting public which Republicans have written out of the "equation".
To be fair to the good doctor, he did propose a Republican solution for the GOP's Hispanic problem. If we could be assured that the border would be closed to new illegal immigrants (Charles favors a fence), he says we should accept a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million illegals here now.
That seems to be what Senator Marco Rubio and others are doing for Republicans these days, but frankly, it might be too late.
With the loss of Hispanics and homosexuals, sad to say, Dr. Krauthammer and Republicans just might be left with an unsolvable equation.