House Republicans Release New List of Committee Leaders: All White Men

Want to know Reason #242 why Republicans lost Election 2012 so badly?  They just don’t seem to learn from their mistakes!  Read on for a quick recap of why this is true.

In a somewhat stunning turn of events, House Republicans just released their list of committee chairmen for the next Congress set to be sworn in come January.  And, believe it or not, there is not one single female or minority on the list.  Not one!!!

After the shellacking they took at the polls earlier this month, when Obama won the female vote by double digits and the minority vote by an even larger number, you would think that Republicans would be willing to try something new going forward.  Instead, they chose to remove the few women they had in leadership positions and replace each and every one of them with white males.  Is it any wonder this party is in such disarray at the moment???  They just don’t understand this nation.  Instead, they seem to be doubling down on the same failed ideas that got them into the mess they are in right now: they lost the White House and have fewer Republicans in both the House and Senate than before the election.  The downward spiral of the Republican party is showing no signs of slowing.

Consider these facts: Mitt Romney won only about 7% of the African-American vote, 35% of the Latino vote and lost the female vote by 11% (as well as losing the male vote by 7%).  Even after learning of these stunning numbers from Election 2012, House Republicans have chosen to place only white men in their leadership positions.  REALLY?????

After such massive losses in every major demographic that matters in American politics, I was hoping Republicans would do some soul-searching and emerge from the election as a more-inclusive, less-divisive party than before.  That, it seems, is not likely to happen.

–>–>One final note…I’d like to contrast those absolutely dismal Republican numbers with a few stats for House Democrats.  For the next Congress set to take office in January, these are the facts about the Democratic party delegation (in a statement from House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi welcoming the newly elected freshman Democrats to Congress):

“Today we officially welcome our Democratic freshmen to Washington. They are extraordinary leaders who will make our House Democratic caucus the first caucus in history, in the history of civilized government, to have a majority of women and minorities in the caucus.”

Again, is it any wonder that Obama won such an overwhelming victory at the polls?  I think not.






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