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"Maybe the [GOP] elephant symbol needs to be replaced by... a middle-aged white evangelical male gun owner."


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Today's L.A. Times letter to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "Ugly numbers for the GOP," Column, March 4

It appears that Skelton's critique of the California Republican Party applies nationally. As California and the nation have become the most diverse they have ever been, the GOP has become less diverse. Maybe the elephant symbol needs to be replaced by the more appropriate one of a middle-aged white evangelical male gun owner.

The GOP strategy against President Obama has always been to portray him as the "other." How are we to believe this GOP is capable of embracing diversity?

Stan Seidel

Rancho Palos Verdes


RNC Chair Reince Priebus now wants to play hero with minorities GOP hasn't wanted to touch with a 10-foot car elevator


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President Obama won 93 percent of the black vote, 71 percent of the Hispanic vote and 73 percent of the Asian vote in the November election. Mitt Romney didn't do his party any favors with his secretly taped "47 percent" remarks, saying they were “dependent on government” and “victims” who were “entitled to healthcare, to food, to housing, you name it.”

As Rick Perry would say:

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Recently the Texas GOP Chairman said his state could become a battleground in 2016. Stories like that one have Republicans spooked.

Now delusional RNC chair Reince Priebus wants to play party hero and win the hearts and minds of the very people he and his fellow Republicans disenfranchised, treated as inferior, disparaged, vastly undervalued, and designated as "the others."

His new mission is to convince all those formerly icky-poo people-- whom his party hasn't wanted to touch with a ten-foot car elevator-- that they're suddenly worth an abundance of time and effort.

Authentic expressions of right wing appreciation and recognition on the other hand... But let's not get greedy.

He says it will take years but insists that reaching out to voters whom the GOP regularly alienated "can move the numbers in a significant way for us in the future.”

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There it is, that's what it's all about: Moving numbers. It's not about caring, not about truly changing from within and becoming genuinely inclusive, not about making civil rights, human rights, and equal rights a priority. No. It's about "moving the numbers."

Priebus added, “And it’s not just to move the numbers – it’s to do the right thing.” That he had to tack that on, lest anyone misinterpret his motives, speaks volumes. Afterthought much?

This is all about his legacy.

The Hill:

Reince Priebus is staking his legacy as Republican National Committee chairman on improving the party's performance with minority voters. [...] Priebus says he plans on being remembered as the Republican chairman who changed things for his party. [...]

Speaking to a room full of predominantly black businessmen, community leaders, party activists and dignitaries, Priebus said he was committed to “building long term, lasting, genuine, and authentic relationships” in places where the Republican Party “just hasn’t been.”

[W]e’ve got a lot of ground to make up with the black community.” [...]  On the grassroots side, Priebus acknowledged that “our contacts are lousy” [...]

The RNC’s grassroots overhaul will address everything from “technology, data sharing, demographic issues, voter outreach and inclusion, to our primary system and the debate calendar,” an effort that Priebus said would be “extraordinarily expensive.” [...]

The second initiative is improving the GOP’s message to and image with minority groups.

If I sound a little skeptical, it's because, well, as President Obama lays out plans for immigration reform and says, “We forget that most of us used to be them,” top Republicans like Karl Rove say to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,” and Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus.

Meantime, growing Latino clout forced the GOP hand– including evangelical pastors, US Chamber of Commerce– on immigration reform. A strategy memo released by a GOP pollster revealed that “Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters.”

So yes, Republicans are forced to "move the numbers," stat!  Sure, they can try to do that while they simultaneously try to suppress the vote, bust unions, and deport and/or exploit undocumented immigrants.

Please proceed.

Here are a few more little issues that Reince thinks the right words and cosmetic fixes will overcome:

VIDEO: Rep. Lewis was “shocked.” He was also there in 1965. “You’re going to suggest that [the right to vote] is some racial entitlement?”

AUDIO– Fox mocks 102-year-old who waited hours to vote: “What’s the big deal? She was happy.”

If new GOP laws pass, it will literally be easier to legally buy a firearm in Virginia than it will be to vote

Graph: How long it took blacks, whites, Hispanics to vote in 2012. One guess who waited in line the least amount of time.

If you can’t win, cheat: Pennsylvania GOP to introduce election-rigging legislation

VIDEO– Andrea Mitchell to Haley Barbour on election-rigging schemes: Are Republicans “trying to game the system?”

At least 201,000 did not vote in Florida because of frustration with long lines

VIDEO– Republican consultant: Voter ID laws, long lines “help our side.”

Former Florida GOP leaders: Voter suppression was reason for new election law


Ruh roh! "Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters."


Let's recap: If this Democratic source is correct, the GOP is even more tone deaf than we thought:

Mitt Romney famously said, “It would be helpful to be Latino.”

And Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

Karl Rove’s advice to his fellow Republicans was just don’t *sound* intolerant. It’s the language, see, not the policies. Sounding judgmental will lose you votes.

How will Republicans get out of this pickle? They have no use for anyone who isn't male and white, they lost badly in the November elections because of their small minds, and now all they can do is tell each other that the Big Solution is to fake it.

So along comes a strategy memo released by GOP pollster Whit Ayres and the Hispanic Leadership Network's Jennifer Korn. Strange as it seems, the GOP is  -- wait for it -- running out of white voters. It looks like they'll have to do a whole lot more than just pretend:

Republicans have run out of persuadable white voters. For the fifth time in the past six presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. Trying to win a national election by gaining a larger and larger share of a smaller and smaller portion of the electorate is a losing political proposition. [...]


Republicans face some major challenges among Hispanic Americans, problems that will not be resolved just by passing immigration reform legislation. Years of harsh rhetoric and punitive policies will not be undone overnight. Fixing a broken immigration system is necessary but not sufficient to make Republicans competitive in the Hispanic community.

But resolving those problems is imperative if Republicans hope to remain a competitive force in national politics. Numbers do not lie, and growing Hispanic influence in American life will only continue to grow.

H/t: Taegan


VIDEO: Here's a little "clip-and-save" GOP moment for you


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I live for these Rachel Maddow moments:

Notice anything about their selections?

Here. Here is the whole group of who the Republicans picked to run their committees. They picked these 19 guys. Notice anything?

So, yeah, this is what you can clip and save for the next time someone in the beltway tells you how "seriously" the Republican party is taking its diversity problem this year. Clip and save, fellas.


VIDEO snarkitude-- Mitt Romney: "I'm the whitest white man in the USA!"


Snarkitude! ... Or is it?



Mitt Romney parody in song. Romney spoof video musical.

I'm a Mormon whose ethic is work and no play
I've been running for the White House since Truman passed away
I'll never see the world in shades of gray
I'm the whitest white man in the USA

I'd amend the Constitution and end Roe v. Wade
I would make refuting Darwin a religious crusade
I'd wipe away Iran with a nuclear grenade
I'm the whitest white man in the USA
Obama for sure is a commie MITT
His blood isn't blue
There's a rumor he's a Jew
He doesn't look like me or you
Now listen to me
Our Secre'try of State is a lesbo
The cabinet all reeks
The Country's run by Bolsheviks
We're going broke just like the Greeks
Why, because I say so! GROUP
He says so
I have homes in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and LA
And built a concrete fence to keep the Immigrants away
And then he rested it was on the seventh day
I'm the whitest white man in the USA

I'm against same sex marriage 'though Paul Ryan's cute like me
There are times I have wished that I was born a she
So then he'd be able to hit off the ladies tee
He's the whitest white man in the galaxy
Bain is the bane of my existence
Oh, sure, it made me rich
But defending it's a bitch
It's like praising Newt Gingrich
Who is a fruitcake


Powerful VIDEO: "It's not a dog whistle. We can HEAR you. And we're calling you on it."


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The words "powerful" and "effective" don't do this short segment by Melissa Harris Perry justice.

"This may be practical political strategy: fear of the 'dangerous black man,' resentment for the mythical 'welfare queen.' It has worked before, but it will not work much longer, 'cause it's not a dog whistle. We can hear you. And we're calling you on it."

Related post here.  And back in 2010, Rachel Maddow covered the fears of the GOP feeling threatened by a white minority here: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”


African American delegate at GOP convention: "I walked out there, I looked around, and I couldn't count any black folks."


The L.A. Times' Mitchell Landsberg has a good article about the demographically challenged Republican party, and how their monochrome-itude was painfully obvious at their convention. The country as a whole is changing, and nonwhites will soon be a majority, and whites will be a minority, which clearly drives some people totally crazy.

Back in 2010, Rachel Maddow covered the fears and feelings of being threatened by that shift beautifully here: “Be afraid, white people! The black people are coming for you!”

Meantime, back in Tampa, an African American delegate from North Carolina named Phillip had this to say:

The day he arrived, Phillip said, "I walked out there, I looked around, and I couldn't count any black folks." [...]

According to unofficial figures compiled by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies in Washington, blacks accounted for slightly more than 2% of the delegates at the convention. [...]

By contrast, the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., next week is expected to feature delegates who hew much closer to the demographics of the nation at large. [...]

Prime-time television audiences saw speeches by, among others, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is black, and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation's first Latina governor. But as the camera panned over the crowd, black and Latino faces were rare.

Yes, the GOP is great at creating illusions, on stage and off, but the "big tent" facade is as empty as so many of their slogans and promises.

Speaking of pandering:

Romney has spoken to minority groups, including the NAACP, and is about to announce formation of an African American support group. Until that happens, black visitors to his campaign website will find links for coalitions of Latino, Asian American and Polish American supporters, among others, but none for African Americans.

Just another empty chair.

Via Mother Jones