Since Reagan and before, the Republican Party has based its success on issues that many white Americans, particularly in the South, have with the black and Latino communities. In addition, under Rove, the Republicans effectively used anti-gay sentiment to score some important electoral victories. The Republicans now have deeply entrenched in their ranks a large number of people who oppose immigration, regard programs that promote equality as handouts, believe that gays should be marginalized, have serious issues with Muslims, have significant differences with a large part of the female population, and long ago, thanks to their anti-Semitism (particularly with their hiring practices up until around 1960), alienated the Jewish community. Even if you think the Republicans are misunderstood, the fact is that most minority groups do not believe the Republican Party will do much to address discrimination and the damage done by past discrimination. Now, from a purely practical angle, the Republicans have two choices: (1) Hope that the Democrats do so horribly that people have no choice but to turn to the Republicans. But, that's unlikely, and at any rate, it's not really a plan. (2) Find a way to attract minorities. But, can the Republicans support immigration reform, legal reform, and social reform without alienating the people who form their base? Maybe the Republican's best hope is that Obama does so good a job repairing the economy that socially conservative blacks and Latinos will take another look at the Republicans? How do you think the Republicans can recover? How do you think the Party will evolve? should evolve?