The Republican party of yesteryear abolished slavery. That same Republican Party expanded affirmative action through the “Philadelphia Plan.”
The party sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock, Arkansas to enforce federal court orders to desegregate public schools. A Republican president appointed Earl Warren to the U.S. Supreme Court (Warren wrote the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education), and signed into law the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 and 1960, legal tools guaranteeing all Americans the right to vote.
The Republican Party established the Environmental Protection Agency, and passed the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, granting legal status to approximately 3 million undocumented immigrants.
Reading through this list, it’s amazing just how different the Republican Party today is from the party that existed for the century between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Movement. The problem with the Republican Party isn’t the person being used to sell it. Having a woman or Hispanic as the GOP candidate in 2016 will mean nothing if the Republicans don’t stop being the party of ignorance, hate, and welfare for the wealthy.