The GOP had a great oppurtunity with Bush immigration reform ,but now they only have a CATCH-22 on their hands:
1) Go along with Democratic Party promoted & Obama signed mmigration reform & the Democrats get credit/ credibility / indetification with Hispanics.
2) Continue to fight against immigration reform for the next 4 years with their angry rhetoric against Undocumented workers & further alienate Hispanics(Arizona/Alabama & angry GOP Presidential primaries).
pretty much - but if they do #1 it will have a chance to eventually disappear as a major issue
The explanation of why the Republicans lost this time being pushed by some like Bill O'Reilly and Rush is really wrong headed and self-destructive when it amounts to "because people want stuff" .
The margin among single women continues to grow because the abortion debate has crossed over the tipping point between respectful disagreement and barbarism with the legitimate rape and a child from rape is a gift from God discussions. As a philosophical matter I fully understand a person who believes abortion is murder believes the same is true in cases of rape - but people show their belief systems based on what they do... and women disagree and have abortions in considerable numbers every year.
Blacks are traditionally democratic (blame the Republicans Southern Strategy targeting States' Rights over Civil Rights for this) but this election was also a special case they were going to turn out for when it was about making the first black president more than a one and done presidency.
Latinos were probably a natural fit for the Republican party but they have been pushed to the Democrats aisle because of the verbiage associated with the Republican primaries and laws like the law in Arizona. This stuff becomes very intrusive for people who are Hispanic or look Hispanic and negative affects their daily lives (and consequently their perceptions of the party pushing these policies). If the Republicans could just keep their dogs from pulling a Pat Buchanan at the convention every four years some of the edge would come off this. Even still the hostility that has and will continue to be generated may have political repercussions for years to come.
Asians as a minority group tend to be highly educated and successful in the United States and they are swinging to the Democrats aisle as well - the most reasonable explanation for this is probably spillover from the Republicans discussions about illegal aliens (Asians are often recent immigrants as well and they don't feel welcomed).