Cafferty File

What does the Republican Party have to do to become more relevant?

By CNN's Jack Cafferty:

To say that the GOP needs to do some soul-searching in the aftermath of the 2012 election may be putting it mildly.

Mitt Romney failed to connect with the majority of American voters, but the Republicans' problem is much bigger than Romney.

As one longtime Republican leader told Politico, the GOP needs to realize it is too old, too white and too male. He might want to add "too rich." This Republican said the party must figure out how to catch up with the demographics of the U.S. before it's too late.

It's well-known that Romney lost big among key voting blocs such as Latinos, women and young voters in the states that decided the election.

That might be because as conservative CNN contributor David Frum put it, "The Republican message is no longer relevant to middle-class America."

Frum told MSNBC that it's not just that Romney lost, but that in the past six presidential elections, the GOP has lost the popular vote in five of them. Frum said that over a generation - a "once majority" party has become a "nonmajority" party.

Republican positions on issues such as women's rights and immigration are big factors here.

And it doesn't help when you have Republican candidates such as Todd Akin making completely ignorant comments about rape.

If Republicans want to start winning elections instead of losing them, they're going to have to make some changes so that they don't continue to look like they're stuck in the 1950s.

Here’s my question to you: What does the Republican Party have to do to become more relevant?

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