Clint Eastwood's empty chair
The Kansas City Star
The empty chair that film star Clint Eastwood used at the Republican National Convention this year seems rather haunting and precient now.
Instead of it being the place of no content, which Eastwood tagged for President Barack Obama, it now signifies the unappealing nature of the Republican Party today, following GOP challenger Mitt Romney’s loss to Obama.
The Republicans are an empty chair when it comes to attracting women with issues that are meaningful to more than half of the country’s population. The Republicans are an empty seat when it comes to appealing to Latinos to come into the party. The GOP’s stand on immigration, culture, heritage differences and other issues are a major turn-off.
The Republicans’ chair stays empty in appeals to African Americans. The GOP often is on the wrong side of issues on civil rights, equality, affirmative action, safe housing, urban renewal, prison reform and boosting funding for education.
The empty chair isn’t attracting many in the LGBT community because of the GOP’s strict stand against gays in the military and same-sex marriage.
And let’s not forget the 47 percent, whom Romney labeled as deadbeats. These Americans of all colors would rather stand anywhere else than take a seat in that Republican chair.
That empty chair eventually might not even appeal to Republicans themselves. The country has changed, and eventually Republicans will wake up, stand up and come to rest in better places.