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Republicans Falter in Outreach to Blacks, Hispanics
The Wall Street Journal ^ | September 5, 2008 | JONATHAN KAUFMAN

Posted on 09/09/2008 7:12:49 AM PDT by forkinsocket

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Blacks are scarce here at the Republican National Convention.

Of the more than 2,300 Republican delegates who gathered this week, just 36 -- or 1.5% -- were black, the lowest portion in 40 years, according to a study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a Washington think tank that focuses on black issues.

That is substantially below the figure in 2004, when a record-setting 6.8% of Republican delegates were black.

The number of black Republican candidates running for federal office also has fallen sharply, to about seven from a high of 24 in 1996, according to the study. On an organizational level, just one of the more than 160 members of the Republican National Committee is black, the joint center says.

Officials and delegates here said the figures seem accurate. The Republican National Committee said 13% of registered delegates have identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority group, which would include Asians, Hispanics and others, along with blacks. About 24% of the delegates to the Democratic convention last week were black, a record, according to the study. The Democrats have policies to ensure that their delegates reflect the "diversity" of the party, a Democratic representative said.

"It's embarrassing," said Michael Steele, a Republican who is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and is African-American. "It's been a failure in strategy and a failure in communication. The party wasn't doing what it was supposed to do."

(Excerpt) Read more at online.wsj.com ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election; race; republicans; rnc; rncconvention
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1 posted on 09/09/2008 7:12:49 AM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

Democrats falter in outreach to white voters.


2 posted on 09/09/2008 7:15:16 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: forkinsocket

For the most part both groups have turned their noses up at the Republican party, not the other way around. Often they don’t even give the other side a fair hearing.


3 posted on 09/09/2008 7:15:18 AM PDT by madison10 (Pray for McCains, Palins and the USA...and the rest of us, too.)
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To: forkinsocket

Another WSJ hit piece... What is going on here? They are more biased the NYT lately.


4 posted on 09/09/2008 7:15:39 AM PDT by nhwingut
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To: forkinsocket
That's unfortunate. However, it has to be expected with Katrina and Obama. Fairly or unfairly.

In the long run things will be different. The emergence of evangelical denominations such as pentacostals among the black community, and the growing recognition that the left's assault on marriage is destroying black communities, will bring more black voters on board.

5 posted on 09/09/2008 7:16:06 AM PDT by Jibaholic ("Those people who are not ruled by God will be ruled by tyrants." --William Penn)
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To: forkinsocket
The Republican National Committee said 13% of registered delegates have identified themselves as belonging to an ethnic minority group, which would include Asians, Hispanics and others, along with blacks. About 24% of the delegates to the Democratic convention last week were black, a record, according to the study.

And the truth is blacks are OVER represented at the GOP convention and UNDER represented at the DEM convention. Blacks vote for the DEMs by 90% to 10%. They represent about 30% of the DNC vote and only about 3% of the GOP vote. Blacks are 400% over represented at the GOP convention, and about 20% under reprepresented at the DNC convention.

6 posted on 09/09/2008 7:18:03 AM PDT by Always Right (Obama: more arrogant than Bill Clinton, more naive than Jimmy Carter, and more liberal than LBJ.)
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To: forkinsocket

Since Republicans do not encourage affirmative action, it makes sense because we don’t put a quota in place as the Democrats do for their convention. Democrats have convention quotas for blacks, Hispanics, women, and I think homosexuals.

If one is conservative, believes in freedom and the rights of the individual, there will never be quotas at a GOP convention.


7 posted on 09/09/2008 7:22:38 AM PDT by Morgan in Denver (Change is not two more lawyers in the White House)
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To: All

Wish the minorities would clear their messages negative or positive so we can ‘get’ what they want!

They don’t want race introduced but want us to cater to race ???

Getoverit!

Do a good job and I could care less what your melanin content is.


8 posted on 09/09/2008 7:24:49 AM PDT by imintrouble
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To: forkinsocket

“It’s embarrassing,” said Michael Steele, a Republican who is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and is African-American. “It’s been a failure in strategy and a failure in communication. The party wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do.”

...Steele is right! It is embarrassing. The problem Republicans have had started with LBJ’s “Great Society” and continues wih race pimps like Jackson and Sharpton. Food Stamps, Section 8 housing, Guvmit cheese, Rap music, government public schools ALL have helped to brainwash blacks under the age of 50. The 50+ blacks remember the long road to civil rights, drinking from any water fountain, sitting anywhere on a bus etc. The younger ones are mostly indignant with a “give me” mentality.

The cameras showed the few blacks that were there. All over 50 I’d say.

The black leaders try and educate and the MSM calls those leaders “Oreo’s” and “Uncle Tom’s” to keep the blacks in their place.

I don’t think we’ll ever see more than a few black faces in the Republican ranks. 98% of the black population wants Obama BECAUSE he’s black. They don’t realize that they’ll go even further down the social ladder as a result. How do you deal with that?


9 posted on 09/09/2008 7:26:30 AM PDT by albie
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To: forkinsocket
“It's embarrassing,” said Michael Steele, a Republican who is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and is African-American. “It's been a failure in strategy and a failure in communication. The party wasn't doing what it was supposed to do.”

I like Michael Steele- but- what the hell has he done about it? And what does he propose Republicans do? Embrace reparations?

When he was running for Senator Michael Steele couldn't even get folks o shake his hand when he was standing in line to vote in his home county.

I say focus on conservative principles and whoever agrees, great. No pandering.

10 posted on 09/09/2008 7:27:09 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: forkinsocket

should read “Blacks and Hispanics fail to realize they are part of the Dhimmicrat Party Plantation system and screw up again by voting for those losers.”


11 posted on 09/09/2008 7:29:53 AM PDT by Vaquero (" an armed society is a polite society" Heinlein "MOLON LABE!" Leonidas of Sparta)
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To: forkinsocket
The Republican party will fail with anyone who just wants a free ride. The true Republican message is about give a helping hand not a hand out.
12 posted on 09/09/2008 7:31:10 AM PDT by 2001convSVT ("People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence")
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To: forkinsocket
"It's embarrassing," said Michael Steele,

Not to me. The problem is not with us, but with them. They are being tribal. They have been balkanized. They are far more subject to to the identity politics of these times than we ever dreamed of being (in fact, most of us can't even fathom the attraction of it).

I shudder to think of myself so bound up in identity politics as to be unable to move along truly philosophical lines. Philosophy is uplifting, invigorating, exciting, new every morning. Tribalism is ancient, boring, moribund and stultifying. Who needs it?

13 posted on 09/09/2008 7:38:00 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: nhwingut

Rupert Murdoch bought the WSJ. He is making that paper more tabloid-esque. Additionally, Murdoch loves Obama. The WSJ has been very, very good to Obama on their “news” pages.


14 posted on 09/09/2008 7:41:31 AM PDT by Obadiah (I remember when the climate never changed, then Bush stole the election.)
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To: forkinsocket

The servility of whites to the wishes and demands to minorities has to be the biggest joke in the world, totally phony posturing of the elite. Go to a liberal sounding board the average run of the mill liberal who actually tries to live out a life of servility and self-hatred is an emotional wreck. They either move to a white neighborhood and practice “enviromentalism” or go into hate whitey mode with a vengence.


15 posted on 09/09/2008 7:50:01 AM PDT by junta ("Better dead than white")
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To: forkinsocket

Yeah, right.....more like Education system falters in teaching history and economics to Blacks and Hispanics (and whites, too - but they have parents who know truth)


16 posted on 09/09/2008 7:56:09 AM PDT by goodnesswins (Palin has run a state, town and fishing operation. Obama ain't run nothin' but his mouth.(Steyn)
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To: forkinsocket
I guess the Republicans screwed up in '64 when they were instrumental in getting the Civil Rights Act out of committee and passed, over the objections of Democrat Party leaders.


Not surprised of the moaning over this by certain people.

The cronic complainers still haven't assimilated into the U.S., and won't in my lifetime.

17 posted on 09/09/2008 7:59:44 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: forkinsocket

Instead of the word outreach, we need to substitute the word “pander” which fits much better.

The Dem ‘outreach’ is to promise everything including the kitchen sink and delivery a big fat ZERO! But yet, year after year they keep voting in the Dems who promise the most and pander to them in each election cycle.

Prefer to have people join the Republican Party that believe in our principles; not because we promise them a lot of things we cannot deliver.


18 posted on 09/09/2008 8:00:47 AM PDT by PhiKapMom ( VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! McCainNow.com; LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: forkinsocket

Aw jeez, not this AGAIN. Another article attempting to keep minorities from taking a good look at the Republican platform. The left is scared of something.

Look, I can only speak for myself and my reason for not being a face in the crowd. I didn’t attend many local events and make a place for myself in the party. I admit to not being as active as I should be and could be. With my move to TN, I’ve changed that. I volunteered to be a precint captain, make phone calls, or help staff the voting center in November. Writing checks is fine but I need to do more. I also make time to attend party events. People have been extremely welcoming.

Alot of people have put in the time and effort to support the party and I don’t need to be put ahead of them as a show of diversity. I’ll earn my place at the table, thank you.

To the media lurkers: try asking minority Democrats why they stay with a party that only panders to them during elections. Also ask if they know that the Democrat party is the party of slavery.

McCain/Palin 2008


19 posted on 09/09/2008 8:00:58 AM PDT by Kitten1 (12/23/1898; 12/25/1901; 3/6/36; 6/25/39; 9/11/55 -- Your sacrifice is not forgotten.)
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To: forkinsocket

This is an embarrassment to blacks and Hispanics for being so tribal and racist.


20 posted on 09/09/2008 8:15:01 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Democrats are Intimidated by Strong Women.)
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To: Kitten1

How did I know that this report was done by another organization promoting inclusiveness by segregating itself from diverse opinions? ‘severely rolling my eyes’

http://www.jointcenter.org/index.php/about_the_joint_center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s premier research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses exclusively on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. For over three decades, our research and information programs have informed and influenced public opinion and national policy to benefit not only African Americans, but every American.

The Joint Center’s current research and analyses address critical issues in three key areas: political participation; economic advancement; and health policy. In conducting research and policy analysis and in disseminating our products, we seek to build partnerships and coalitions with Black Elected and Appointed Officials at every level of government and with like-minded organizations in order to broaden and strengthen the impact of our work.

Joint Center Mission

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies informs and illuminates the nation’s major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to: improve the socioeconomic status of black Americans and other minorities; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communications and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation’s pluralistic society.


21 posted on 09/09/2008 8:18:39 AM PDT by Kitten1 (12/23/1898; 12/25/1901; 3/6/36; 6/25/39; 9/11/55 -- Your sacrifice is not forgotten.)
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To: forkinsocket
I don't think the Republicans are going to have much luck attracting African-Americans in the near future. They are firmly in the Democrat's court. However, I don't see any reason that Republicans should not make every effort to be the party of people of Chinese, Indian, and, yes, Hispanic heritage. Republican ideals are not racist, and we need to make sure we don't get branded with that label.

Republicans need to reach out and embrace all the people who think American is a great country. And we need to squash anything that could taint the Republican brand as racist.

22 posted on 09/09/2008 8:23:19 AM PDT by goldfinch
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To: forkinsocket

And your point is????????


23 posted on 09/09/2008 8:31:05 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: forkinsocket

“”It’s embarrassing,” said Michael Steele, a Republican who is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and is African-American. “It’s been a failure in strategy and a failure in communication. The party wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do.””

Put a sock in it, Steele, McCain, Bush, etc could have not pandered more to the ‘hispanic community’.

There’s a black man running on the dem ticket and no one can figure out why more blacks were at the DNC....doh!


24 posted on 09/09/2008 8:31:54 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: forkinsocket; newgeezer
Republicans Falter in Outreach to Blacks, Hispanics

In other news Harley falters in outreach to people that want motorcross bikes.

25 posted on 09/09/2008 8:33:07 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (Proverbs 24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to CHANGE)
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To: Migraine

“Not to me. The problem is not with us, but with them. They are being tribal. They have been balkanized. They are far more subject to to the identity politics of these times than we ever dreamed of being (in fact, most of us can’t even fathom the attraction of it).

I shudder to think of myself so bound up in identity politics as to be unable to move along truly philosophical lines. Philosophy is uplifting, invigorating, exciting, new every morning. Tribalism is ancient, boring, moribund and stultifying. Who needs it? “

You nailed it.


26 posted on 09/09/2008 8:35:07 AM PDT by AuntB ( "During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act." - George Orwell)
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To: forkinsocket

Well, with 90-odd percent of blacks already locked in for Obama...there not much of a margin to play with.


27 posted on 09/09/2008 8:36:16 AM PDT by wbill
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To: junta

Remember that being a liberal means always having to say that you’re sorry.


28 posted on 09/09/2008 8:38:23 AM PDT by wbill
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To: forkinsocket

The blacks will overwhelming vote for the brutha. No surprise, no problem. So, I’m sure they’ll understand when the voting booth curtains are drawn, Whitey will vote white. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.


29 posted on 09/09/2008 8:43:47 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (When hopelessness replaces hope, it opens the door to evil.)
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To: forkinsocket
"It's embarrassing," said Michael Steele, a Republican who is the former lieutenant governor of Maryland and is African-American. "It's been a failure in strategy and a failure in communication. The party wasn't doing what it was supposed to do."

I love Michael Steele but he is just dead wrong on this.

Blacks should be embarrassed at their herd mentality of following the demonRATS for 50 years with no improvement in the ghettos.

30 posted on 09/09/2008 8:45:31 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: AuntB
Put a sock in it, Steele, McCain, Bush, etc could have not pandered more to the ‘hispanic community’.

Thanks, that is exactly what I was thinking.

31 posted on 09/09/2008 8:48:28 AM PDT by muggs
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To: Migraine
I couldn't agree more. This country is becoming more and more Balkanized and riven by group think and identity politics. When non-Hispanic whites become a minority in this country by 2050 and Hispanics are 30% of the total population, there will major shifts in the political landscape as people start identifying along cultural, racial, and linguistic lines. We have brought this problem upon ourselves by championing multiculturalism and diversity at the expense of national identity. From many one has been turned on its head. By 2023, half of the children under 18 will be minorities, as classified by the USG. Demography is destiny.

The Republicans’ Hispanic Delusion Amnesty is not just wrong in principle, it’s bad politics.

32 posted on 09/09/2008 8:55:27 AM PDT by kabar (.)
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To: Always Right

“Outreach” = racism,

because you’re treating groups differently (no “outreach” to other groups)

based on their skin color or ethnicity.

NO “OUTREACH” - treat all people as individuals, and treat them EXACTLY THE SAME before the law and in government policy.


33 posted on 09/09/2008 8:58:04 AM PDT by MrB (You can't reason people out of a position that they didn't use reason to get into in the first place)
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To: kabar
We have brought this problem upon ourselves by championing multiculturalism and diversity at the expense of national identity.

Well said. You have the gift of precision in your expression of the fundamental.

34 posted on 09/09/2008 9:29:59 AM PDT by Migraine
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To: USS Alaska
I love Michael Steele but he is just dead wrong on this.

That's what happens when conservatives hang around with Washington/media types. They want to be loved and wanted by them, but mostly, they fear being ridiculed and marginalized by them.

35 posted on 09/09/2008 9:32:24 AM PDT by Migraine
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