I remember a few weeks back, when I was rapping Michael Steele over the lesbian bondage club fiasco; one commenter came to Steele’s defense and said that Steel was good for helping to attract blacks to the GOP. I said that might be true if Steele did not constantly step on the message. Here we go again:
"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. [SNIP]
"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.
"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."
Do you see that first line I highlighted? That is going to be blasted and broadcast any and everywhere by the MSM. That will be the only message that the black community will ever hear. Even though Steele went on to elaborate somewhat, that first sentence will undo whatever advances he had hoped to make.
It is almost like Steele doesn’t comprehend that when it comes to race and the GOP, the left has set up an effective Catch 22. When the GOP or the right makes any attempts at reaching out to the black community, it is immediate called false or a token gesture, when the GOP or right fails to make any outreach it is called racism. Knowing this dynamic, it is crucial not to play the game and certainly do not feed the left’s stereotypes.
Saying blacks don’t have a reason to vote for Republicans epic fail on Steele's part. Just off the top of my head I could have thought of four reasons:
- After decades of voting for Democrats, the problems facing major problems facing the black community still persist.
- Voting monolithically for one party robs you of your political voice.
- The Democrats tax and spend policies destroy the much needed business opportunities in the black community.
- Republicans support vouchers for schools, so your children can flee failing schools today.
Michael Steele’s problem is that he thinks of himself as some media mastermind, when in fact the man is a rank amateur. He needs to step away from the spotlight and get down to working on the problems of the RNC. If he cannot do that, then step aside for some more capable. These are serious times and we cannot afford such foolishness.