Everyone knows honesty is the best policy, except when you're the off-the-hook black chairman of the Republican National Committee and one of those nosy, arugula-eating, liberal elitists asks some crazy, trick question like "Why should an African-American vote Republican?"
Now this is typically the moment when said politician or in this case, esteemed RNC Chairman, espouses all the many ways ordinary black citizens of this country would be well served to vote for the Grand Old Party, now that it's no longer just the party of rich, racist old white men. Hooray?
"You really don't have a reason to, to be honest — we haven't done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True," Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night.But what about all the off-the-hook, hip-hop GOP youth straight out da streets, yo? Where they at?
"We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans," Steele said. "This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don't walk away from parties. Their parties walk away from them."Or in the case of blacks and the GOP, flee like the God damn dickens.
"For the last 40-plus years we had a 'Southern Strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, 'Bubba' went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton."Whoa, whoa, did the Steele baby just say, "For the last 40-plus years we had a 'Southern Strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South??"
Ummm, isn't this exactly what liberals, commies, socialists and other evil cretins of the Left have been saying for like, literally ever? That basically the Republicans have played the race card for political gain for the last, umm, forty years or so, ever since tricky Dick (who everyone figured was a total sketchball anyway) employed the so-called 'Southern Strategy' of ignoring black voters, exploiting racial tensions, and catering to the whole white power segment of the population?
But here is the actual Chairman of the Republican National Committee saying, in effect, that liberals were, in fact, right to have argued that Republicans have done nothing but drum up racial tensions in order to win elections for the last four decades? Eh, no big deal.
Whatever, so what if the Republicans have basically catered to the white robe and hood wearing segment of the population ever since those uppity Negroes went and got themselves rights like the rest of the non-colored public?
I mean it's not like this means the GOP hates black people or anything--it's just that they enjoy using the blacks' historic plight of discrimination to help get themselves elected more. It's a simple strategy of pros vs. cons, and it just so happens that African-Americans tend to coincidentally find themselves squarely on the con side, along with equal rights, fair tax policy, helping gross poor people, a woman's right to choose, those pesky rainbows, dirty, peace-loving hippies, and any progress not aimed specifically at whites (aka all progress in general). Oh well!
The important thing is that Michael Steele understands the mistakes the Republican Party has made in the past (himself??) and has no intentions of repeating them.
Which is good because everyone knows the path to
So, despite what jealous Democrats may say about the Teabaggers causing a "civil war" in the GOP, Mr. Steele knows the real winning strategy is to work with the Tea Party activists (and assorted other Klansmen, white supremacists, separatists, etc) to help elect Republicans this fall.
"I have advised our state chairs: Don't turn your nose up, or turn away those who are active in the Tea Party movement. Embrace them. Welcome them. Talk to them," Steele said. "Those activists have now become a very large part of our voting bloc. They represent a third or more of the voting age population, so they're going to have a profound impact on elections and in some cases in the primaries this November and this spring. Both parties had better pay attention."
P.S.: The best part is they also just so happen to be the GOP's favoritest color. No, not green, silly, White!