And I quote...
One week after Democrats nominated the nation's first black presidential candidate on the eve of the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, Republicans have only one African American -- [former lieutenant governor of Maryland Michael] Steele -- scheduled to speak during prime time at their convention. The united, diverse coalition that Republicans once envisioned instead looks uniform.Did you catch that last sentence? Let me repeat for you, in case it went by you in a blur.
The good news, Republicans said, is that they think Sen. John McCain can still win this election with the kind of demographics on display in St. Paul. In an interview with Washington Post reporters and editors Tuesday morning, McCain campaign manager Rick Davis outlined a strategy in which his candidate targets women and white working-class voters and essentially cedes the black vote.
"...McCain campaign manager Rick Davis outlined a strategy in which his candidate targets women and white working-class voters and essentially cedes the black vote."
That's Washington-speak "for people of color--especially blacks--don't count and we're not going to make an effort to hear their voices or win their votes. They are nothing to us."
This is "good news"?! Really? The Post is irresponsible in labeling it thusly. What they should have written was, "The unfortunate news..." or "The scary news..." or "The unenlightened thinking is..." or "In a fit of laziness..."
Here's the rest of the article, if you want to read it.
One thing that overwhelmingly struck me last night during Sarah Palin's nomination speech was exactly what the Washington Post reported today: the lack of diversity in the convention hall in Minnesota. During her entire speech, the cameras kept panning to the same black, Hispanic, and Asian delegates over and over. And why?
Not because they were necessarily photogenic, but because they were the only ones in the hall!
Out of all of the convention speakers at the RNC this week, only one was black (the aforementioned Michael Steele.) Out of 2,380 delegates, only 36 are black. That's not even 2% of the delegates. Two percent!
As badly as the Republican Party wants us to believe they are the party of Lincoln (and historically, they are, so you can't argue that, but philosophically they are so far off, if they had a product nutritional label, it would be a pack of lies) and representative of the American landscape, they are failing miserably.
The fact of the matter is, Rick Davis spoke more truth than he realizes: the Republican Party doesn't care and isn't going to make an effort to make every voice heard. Working to win over minorities isn't a priority for them. They're failing at it and, rather than retrenching and figuring out how to appeal to people of color beyond whatever little there is that currently appeals to blacks, Hispanics, and Asians in the Grand Old Party, they are choosing to turn tail and overtly dismiss nearly 13% of potential voters.*
To me, that's appalling. Like its candidate, the GOP is OLD and outdated. Its time has come and its days should be numbered. We are a better nation than that. Shame on Rick Davis and his campaign strategy. Shame on him.
All I saw last night were pasty, pudgy white men and Stepford-ish women with the same haircuts cheering a woman they know little or nothing about.
And, while Palin certainly made her case for who she believes she is and who she wants us to believe she is, she failed to persuade.
If you want to read a detailed account of who Sarah Palin is, read this post, which is a cut-and-paste from the Washington Post's comments section earlier today.
Still think Sarah Palin is in the same league with Hillary and not a member of the old boy's network? As the poster pointed out, "the only things Sarah and Hillary have in common is their gender and their good looks."
If "the kind of demographics on display at the convention" are what's going to win McCain-Palin the White House, then count me out of this country. If I wanted that demographic, I'd move back to Utah.
I want to live in and participate in an America that embraces everyone. EVERYONE.
I want to live in and participate in an America that looks like what I saw in Denver a week ago.
I want to live in and participate in an America that never, ever thinks it's okay to "cede the...vote" of any group of people for expediency's sake.
I want to live in and participate in an America that is macroscopic, not myopic.
I want to live in and participate in an America that represents the best the world has to offer in all its colors.
The world McCain-Palin and the GOP offer us is a snowy, white blank.
* This percentage represents approximate population for African-Americans. Nearly 35% of the American population is comprised of blacks, Hispanics, and Asians combined. That number is expected to increase and, in some states, people of color currently outnumber whites already.