15 September 2012

A Losing Strategy

Kathleen Parker:
Notwithstanding the dazzling performance of Condoleezza Rice and the GOP’s raucous affection for her, African Americans are scarce in the party of Abraham Lincoln. Republicans can honestly boast of having once been the party of firsts. The first Hispanic, African American, Asian American and Native American in the Senate were all Republicans. But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage.

The impression that Republicans don’t welcome blacks and other minorities is, however, demonstrably false. Note the number of minority Republican governors recently elected: Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Brian Sandoval of Nevada and Susana Martinez of New Mexico. Even so, the party is undeniably and overwhelmingly white, and minorities (and increasingly women) don’t feel at home there.
Here’s the thing: black people love free handouts from the government. That’s the main reason they vote Democrat. The Dems unabashedly promise black people money (although they couch in terms of “welfare,” Medicare,” “School Breakfast Programs,” and other such things that black people—who have lower intelligence and shorter time-preferences—are likely to take advantage of). The backbone of the GOP, though, consists primarily of white folk who want reduced government spending. Now, simple math would indicate that pissing off a large section of the majority to potentially capture a small portion of a minority is a very stupid thing to do politically. Thus, if black folk have made it abundantly clear that they want nothing to do with your political party (and they have), it may be best to simply leave them alone, and focus instead on shoring up the base. But what do I know? I’m just a young white male who has never run a political party.


  1. IIRC, Asians on the mainland started voting majority for the D's about 1990. Must have been the growing ID
    of the GOP with the Christian Fundies. I don't care for them either, but my main point of repulsion is their slavish devotion to Israel.

  2. Israel is the one island of civilization in a sea of inbred savages. Our backing them is not 'slavish devotion,' it's simply the support of human progress.