The Republican Party is at a crossroads. It could modernize some of its positions and attitudes, in a bid to stay relevant to national politics in 21st century America. Or it could shrink to becoming a party of the South, the Plains, and a dwindling portion of the Mountain West.
Republicans have realized that they need to reach out to younger voters, female voters, gay voters, and minorities, but the crucial point that they are still missing is that the party's value system is fundamentally at odds with all those groups.
I previewed the highly-anticipated findings of the "Growth and Opportunity" project by the GOP. It is estimated that 71 percent of Latinos, 73 percent of Asians and 93 percent of African-Americans voted for President Obama last November.
If the GOP really wants to change its image, win the next presidential election, and secure its future in American politics, it has to go back to a concept of being an umbrella party of tolerance when it comes to social issues like abortion.
At its conference on Friday, February 15, 2013, the Court is expected to act on a petition for certiorari in a case that involves a challenge to the constitutionality of the ban on corporate contributions to federal candidates.