The Political Decline of the White Male?

Democrats have decided that they’re getting down with the brown via President Barack Obama, leaving some tough choices for Republicans.

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Mitt Romney

He won the CPAC straw poll, has deep pockets, the right hair and a corresponding sense of entitlement, but also that whiff of a dude who’s a total buzz kill back at the frat house.

Mike Huckabee

He has a certain zeal appeal and his own talk show, but he’s missing that Sully Sullenberger “we’re gonna be in the Hudson” resolve that leaders need in perilous times.

Newt Gingrich

He’s the right’s most intelligent spokesperson, but reverting back to Bill Clinton’s old nemesis feels a little bit like bringing 90210 back to TV. Well, anyway...

Back when we had white male presidents, Republican administrations frequently busied themselves by trying to lower the capital gains tax or invading Grenada. But if there’s going to be another white male president, he has to be able to deal effectively with a multimedia, multi-hued and multi-threat world. And he’ll have to understand that women have more ideas to offer than just Laura Bush’s generic “reading is fundamental” rap.

White guys, heretofore known to be good with money and bad on the dance floor, are now under real scrutiny. Just being able to handle Twitter won’t get it done. A future white male president should have a little Cap’n Morgan in him, but also has to understand the basics of naked short selling and be able to summarize, without notes, the beef between Shia and Sunni.

We’re not at the point when House “Minority” Leader John Boehner can lead off a press conference with “life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.” But stay tuned. White men know they still have a role to play in politics—they just don’t quite have it figured out yet.

David Swerdlick is a regular contributor to The Root.

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