How Sriracha Explains the GOP's Problem

The rising popularity of the condiment shows why Republicans are out of touch with 2013 America.

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If this has to be explained, then there's no 100-page report in the world that can help the GOP.

Republicans don't help their case whenever they make their criticism of the Obamas personal.

First lady Michelle Obama has spent her time in the White House bringing up two lovely daughters, promoting exercise and a healthy diet for the nation's children, attending funerals of slain teenagers, hugging victims of natural disasters and being the glamorous ambassador of goodwill and American style that the world's only superpower surely needs and deserves -- a portfolio that scarcely anyone could disagree with.

But for the last four years, Republicans have claimed that she wants to ban dessert and have criticized her for making a five-minute appearance at the Oscars (via satellite!) and for the cost of her travel -- as if the first lady of the United States should fly the world in a middle seat on Southwest Airlines.

She pretty much does first lady stuff; get over it.

Don't Be So Surprised by Who Voted for Obama

Just because many Asian Americans are admired as successful entrepreneurs -- or just because recent Latino immigrants enjoy a reputation for being hardworking and family oriented -- doesn't mean that the Republican Party is their "natural home." So Republicans should stop acting surprised that so many Asian Americans and Latinos voted for Obama and Democrats -- as if those votes rightfully belong to the GOP but somehow accidentally went to the Democratic Party. Every vote has to be earned.

Republicans don't have to abandon their beliefs on every issue to get traction with voters of color. But they do have to accept that if they want Obama voters to be up for grabs next time around, they have to present an economic and foreign policy platform -- and message -- that's something more than just opposing all things Obama.

And when they "show up" to break bread with voters, they might also want to offer to bring the hot sauce.

David Swerdlick is a contributing editor to The Root. Follow him on Twitter.