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GOP Makes 'Top Priority' Of Converting Black Voters
The Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2003 | Darryl Fears

Posted on 12/25/2003 7:13:17 PM PST by Carthago delenda est

It was a historic moment for the Grand Old Party: At the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, black conservatives took center stage, delivered speeches in prime time, raised their voices in a gospel choir and locked hands with the white men who, by an overwhelming majority, run the party.

By the end of the convention, the future national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, had emerged as black conservative stars, and a concerted effort by Republicans "to invent new black leaders" -- as former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) once put it -- was well underway.

Now, as the 2004 presidential election unfolds, Republicans want to convert that focus on black appointees into black votes. Their goal, they say, is to win 25 percent of the black vote, which the party has not come close to doing in nearly 30 years.

"If we get African American votes, [the Democrats] are in deep trouble," Gingrich said in a recent interview. In presidential elections, roughly nine of every 10 black votes are cast for Democrats.

To win hearts and minds, the GOP is planning a campaign featuring television and radio ads touting President Bush's reaching out to the African American community and elements of the Republican message that appeal to a wide swath of black voters, such as support for school vouchers.

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Yes!!! I've been saying for years that the GOP oughta run ads in black districts pointing out, say, how the Democrats continually obstruct measures to provide minority kids with school vouchers. Make it plenty accusatory - they deserve no better - and ask pointed questions like: "Why are the Democrats so opposed to letting minority families choose the best schooling for their children?"

The dry runs so far have been promising. When Republicans run real ads in black districts - not the spineless kind that say "We're not so bad," but the ones that actually ask for votes - polls indicate that the GOP vote goes up by about three percent. That may not sound like much, but there's also an additional effect: lots of Democratic black voters stay home. That's because they haven't been pilloried with "Republicans are Ku Klux Klansmen"-type attacks; every minute that a Democrat is forced to respond to actual issues is one less minute he can spend calling Republicans jackbooted thugs who want to kick in the teeth of poor black children and haul their parents off to jail.

The bottom line is that Democrats win minority votes through fear - it's all they have. Take that away, and they have to respond to actual arguments. All of a sudden, their usual hypocritical malarkey doesn't work anymore. It's time the Pubbies start acting like the majority they are.

1 posted on 12/25/2003 7:13:23 PM PST by Carthago delenda est
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To: Carthago delenda est
...the future national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, and secretary of state, Colin L. Powell, had emerged as black conservative stars...

Colin Powell isn't conservative.

I'd truly enjoy it if blacks were encouraged and join based on conservative principles. Regardless, I'll believe it when I see it.

2 posted on 12/25/2003 7:19:19 PM PST by stevem
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To: Carthago delenda est
bump.
3 posted on 12/25/2003 7:20:14 PM PST by Britton J Wingfield (TANSTAAFL)
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To: Carthago delenda est
GOP Makes 'Top Priority' Of Converting Black Voters

Converting? What does that mean, change them to white voters?

4 posted on 12/25/2003 7:25:12 PM PST by Always Right
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To: Carthago delenda est
Again and again, the Republican party have tried to lure blacks away from the Democrats by pandering to them and offering "more of the same."

If they are finally serious about offering a genuine alternative to blacks, more power to them.

Colin Powell is not a conservative, but he is certainly conservative in comparison to folks like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and the black Democrat point men whom Mayor Koch once referred to as poverty pimps.
5 posted on 12/25/2003 7:29:21 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Carthago delenda est
Hmmmm...

Fear, on the one hand, and logic, on the other.

Personally, I think it'd be more accurate to say that black folks, in general (and those that actually vote, in particular) tend to be quite conservative on the social and ethical/religious yardsticks (check poll numbers on gay rights, for instance, or the correlation of church membership to voter registration) but if you're going to talk about anything that involves economics, "affirmative action", "driving while black", or any of the other hot buttons perceived to be "race card" triggers by most Republican conservatives, there's still a pretty big gulf between what's 'inbounds', and what remains 'out of bounds'...

Plus, there are the real estate considerations, with demographics still being mostly "urban", on the one hand, and "suburban/rural", on the other. With all of the territorial conflicts and just plain mutual ignorance that all of that suggests.

6 posted on 12/25/2003 7:35:10 PM PST by MoJoWork_n (We don't know what it is we don't know)
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To: stevem
Use Clarence Thomas as the model. The most powerful black man in the country by far!!!!
7 posted on 12/25/2003 7:35:45 PM PST by Conservateacher
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To: Carthago delenda est
[ GOP Makes 'Top Priority' Of Converting Black Voters ]

Oh! I see, even farther left.. more socialist platform.... even more federal giveaways... CHECK!...

8 posted on 12/25/2003 7:38:34 PM PST by hosepipe
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To: Carthago delenda est
Next the GOP needs to try and regain the conservatives.
9 posted on 12/25/2003 7:58:21 PM PST by Kay Soze (A conservtaive is one that votes for "W" ONLY to keep Democrats out of office.Yes I am Bush bashing!)
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To: ConservativeLawStudent
ping
10 posted on 12/25/2003 8:02:48 PM PST by freedom44
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To: Conservateacher
What about Allen Keyes?
11 posted on 12/25/2003 8:03:18 PM PST by freedom44
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To: Cicero
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12 posted on 12/25/2003 8:09:15 PM PST by Tennessean4Bush
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To: Carthago delenda est
GOP Makes 'Top Priority' Of Converting Black Voters

In today's world all this means is that they are going to act even MORE like democrats.

13 posted on 12/25/2003 8:13:20 PM PST by Captainpaintball
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To: freedom44
I think Allan Keyes is smart, but powerful?

The Judicial branch has become very powerful and influential. Clarence Thomas by far!
14 posted on 12/25/2003 8:14:11 PM PST by Conservateacher
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To: Conservateacher
I was fortune enough to have dinner with him, and hear him speak. He supposively didn't even prepare for a speech that lasted over an hour, and was one of the most exciting, organized speech i've ever heard in my life.

He is absolutely brilliant..
15 posted on 12/25/2003 8:20:22 PM PST by freedom44
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To: freedom44
He is absolutely brilliant..

Keyes or Thomas?

16 posted on 12/25/2003 8:25:41 PM PST by FreedomCalls (It's the "Statue of Liberty," not the "Statue of Security.")
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To: Tennessean4Bush
Immigration reform, immigration reform, immigration reform.
17 posted on 12/25/2003 8:40:01 PM PST by BroncosFan
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To: hosepipe; stevem
I concur with both. Waste of time, political capital, and forcing the GOP to turn left and abandon the base again.
18 posted on 12/25/2003 8:54:02 PM PST by Old Sarge
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To: Carthago delenda est
While I don't relish the idea of pandering for votes, it sure would be fun to pile onto Democrat party woes with a big spike in black GOP votes. It'll drive 'em crazy.

My message to RNC: do not hire white geeks to create black ads. Find smart black advertising people, there are PLENTY of 'em out there. Allow them to create ads that make sense to blacks, do this and you'll see serious gains in black GOP registrations. And don't be cheap.
19 posted on 12/25/2003 9:07:59 PM PST by moodyskeptic (weekend warrior in the culture war)
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To: Carthago delenda est
I have always thought that the GOP could make a breakthrough with blacks if they adopted a more libertarian viewpoint on the war on drugs. If they ran ads supporting a change in sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenses in black districts I think it would draw a lot of support. Dems cannot do this as they would appear soft on crime. This is a huge issue in the black community. Softening these strict sentences (and pushing school choice)for non-violent users could change quite a few black voters voting patterns. Unfortunately, Ashcroft is threatening judges with sanctions if they don't follow draconian sentencing guidelines, regardless of extenuating circumstances.
20 posted on 12/25/2003 9:10:49 PM PST by RandDisciple
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To: Carthago delenda est
Unfortunately, if I spoke my mind on this issue, I would probably be banned. So I guess I'm going to have to keep my mouth shut.
21 posted on 12/25/2003 9:15:23 PM PST by RatSlayer
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To: RatSlayer
Would I be right in taking it you don't approve of blacks voting Republican?
22 posted on 12/25/2003 9:31:13 PM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: All
The GOP should not pander. Blacks will vote Republican when they get good and ready. Efforts to speed this process up will backfire. All we can do is keep the GOP as conservative as we possibly can, (an ongoing job, I will admit), and wait for blacks to finally see the Dems for what they are: divide and conquer users. Activities to accelerate this process will be counter-productive. Just be patient. Americans want an instant cure for everything; somethings just take time, and this really will take some time. School vouchers will help blacks more than any other group. Talk it up, but not just to grab black votes, please.....
23 posted on 12/25/2003 9:39:35 PM PST by Malcolm (not on the bandwagon, but not contrary for contrary's sake either)
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To: Carthago delenda est
bttt
24 posted on 12/25/2003 11:02:47 PM PST by lainde (Heads up...We're coming and we've got tongue blades!!)
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To: RandDisciple
"If they ran ads supporting a change in sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenses in black districts I think it would draw a lot of support."

Nothing new with this. Calif. passed Prop. 36 giving treatment as a sentence option, for 1st (and possibly 2nd) time drug offenders.

It is still pretty early to draw conclusions, on this. Blacks argue that harsh sentencing for crack, compared to more lenient terms for powder coke is racism.

It does seem inconsistent.

States have the legal right to set their own penalties for drugs. The feds seem to override this, for marijuana legalization for medical purposes (Calif. again).

Bush has probably got more to lose, by any relaxation of drug penalties, than he has to gain from blacks.

Treatment option to jail time seems popular, and many think it is better, too.
25 posted on 12/25/2003 11:09:52 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: Malcolm
Pandering implies compromising political integrity to win votes. We don't need to do that. But we ought to reach out to the black community and highlight our common ground. Some of that involves listening. Blacks are impacted by crime more so than others- is there a way are tough-on-crime policies could benefit them? Young black adults have experienced the plight of public schooling and favor school vouchers- you're right that we need to emphasize the GOP position on it.
26 posted on 12/26/2003 12:13:11 AM PST by jagrmeister (I'm not a conservative. I don't seek to conserve, I seek to reform.)
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To: jagrmeister
I'm for opening every front against the evil donkey that we can but; we're got to keep in mind that doing so is just for fun. The Blacks are way to rat blooded to change at any time soon.
27 posted on 12/26/2003 5:22:54 AM PST by jmaroneps37 ( Support how-odd? in the primaries, get us 4 more senate seats! hilarity clinocchio will never run.)
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To: jagrmeister
Thx for you comments, but the jail thing is mostly due to actions on the part of blacks, not anyone else. And a good 2-parent family is of more use to the black community than an "easy on crime" policy would be. I know they suffer more but they also contribute more to that end. You reap what you sow. On the religious side of things, there is a lot of progress. Blacks are listening less and less to the likes of Jesse Jackson, and more and more to authentic spiritual leaders, who have the info, tools, and legitimacy, (that a white Republican never will have), to convince blacks that a new path is needed, a Christian one with common sense taught to study in school, abstain from activities that will make you a poor mother at 15 years old, or tempt you to visit the local abortion clinic, etc. No, the problems you outline would be better dealt with on a spiritual level, not in weakening the penal code.

Pandering just dilutes our values and credibility. Let the Dems pander. Their pandering is so obvious that I am not certain why anyone who is educated past the 6th grade would vote for them, but nonetheless, it still happens, and because the people with the most credibility in the black community say "vote Democrat," and the majority of blacks follow that advice. But sooner or later, the facts will become obvious to them, as it did to us 20-30 years ago. And it took the white community years before it dumped the Dems in 1994. Whites cannot persuade blacks to vote GOP. You'll just have to wait for they themselves to conclude that the Republicans are the best way to go. Any effort to speed that up will fail. At this point, the best thing a person like you or I can do is to pray for them, and meanwhile keep the GOP as conservative as we can. Seriously, outside of that, you will only delay that desired outcome by your efforts. I hate it too, but sometimes waiting patiently is the best, and non counter-productive thing, that can be done.....

28 posted on 12/26/2003 9:49:21 AM PST by Malcolm (not on the bandwagon, but not contrary for contrary's sake either)
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To: Malcolm
You misread my post. I never proposed weakening the penal code. Rather, strengthening it may save innocent lives in black communities. Also, I'd like to see the Christian Coalition make a stronger effort to influence black churches. Outreach is not pandering.
29 posted on 12/26/2003 1:56:18 PM PST by jagrmeister (I'm not a conservative. I don't seek to conserve, I seek to reform.)
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To: jagrmeister
Again, thx for your reply. And I agree, outreach is not pandering, it is the opposite of it. Outreach, esp in spiritual, non-political ways, will bear the most fruit, but unfortunately take longer to happen. It makes no difference, as white bread types like us cannot sell the GOP to blacks anyway. I hear many voices in the black church who are saying the right thing spiritually, but I believe they are afraid to persuade their followers that Christian action at the voting booth is also required, and to vote for the best party is included in that duty.

If anyone has any plans, other than the one this post is based on, to reach out to blacks and convince them that the GOP is the best choice, I'm all ears, but the ones I heard over my 20+ years of political study have not born fruit.....

30 posted on 12/26/2003 9:32:18 PM PST by Malcolm (not on the bandwagon, but not contrary for contrary's sake either)
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To: A.J.Armitage
No. And you shouldn't go around trying to put words in other peoples mouths.
31 posted on 12/27/2003 9:09:43 AM PST by RatSlayer
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To: RatSlayer
Touchy, touchy. I asked a question. I didn't put anything anywhere.

I've got some guesses about you, but like you, I'll just say I'm not going to say it.
32 posted on 12/27/2003 8:41:41 PM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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To: A.J.Armitage
And your last sentence proves my point that were trying to put words in my mouth.

And your guesses only prove the limitations of your own narrow little mind.
33 posted on 12/28/2003 11:26:04 AM PST by RatSlayer
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To: Carthago delenda est
This election cycle would be the best time to outreach into the black community, but if it is done in a pandering manner, it is absolutely doomed to failure.

No one seems to want to pay attention to what the people say. For example, the Hispanic community is overwhelmingly anti-illegal immigrant. But, wow, the GOP is afraid to enforce the immigration laws lest they offend the Hispanics. The black community is overwhelmingly in support of strict enforcement of the laws, yet, gee, the GOP doesn't want to spread the message of being tough on crime to the black community lest they offend.

If the GOP truly wants to outreach to the minority communities, their message should be of equality. 'We're not going to treat you like victims anymore. We're not going to say to you that you have to have special treatment because you're less than us. We're not going to appoint your leaders to our governing boards just because they happen to have the right skin color. If you're looking for that stuff, go play with the Democrats who will pat you on the head, say how horrible you've been treated, and ignore you until the next election cycle.'

And the honest truth is that this administration has plenty to crow about to the black community because of Rice and Powell. While the Democrats claim to want to support minorities, Republicans actually appoint those of color to high level positions not because of their color, but based on their abilities.

School choice, tough on crime, religious expression - wonderful themes that will ring well in the black community.

Though, a word of caution.. Don't send Clarence Thomas or any other black man who has married a white woman to do your speaking. Nor should you send anyone who isn't in a strong family relationship.
34 posted on 12/28/2003 12:21:15 PM PST by kingu (Don't be a victim, don't be a Democrat.)
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To: Conservateacher
I thought Mike Tyson was the most powerful black man in the country?
35 posted on 12/28/2003 12:23:59 PM PST by petercooper (DEAN = Democrats Experiencing Another Nightmare)
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To: RatSlayer
You don't even know what my guesses are. Here you are putting thoughts in my mind, hypocrite.
36 posted on 12/28/2003 12:39:21 PM PST by A.J.Armitage (http://calvinist-libertarians.blogspot.com/)
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