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  •  Expanding the R base: Blacks not part of discussio (12+ / 0-)

    No one is speaking to, recommending, considering or even hinting that the GOP try to expand its base by building support in the Black community.

    I'd like to see a national discussion, especially among Republicans, as to why this is not on the table.  People at Kos know why, but not everyone understands the dog whistling about "real America", birth certificates, etc.

    It would be cathartic for some members of the GOP.  

    •  Excluding blacks (10+ / 0-)

      has been a pattern since way before Obama came on the political scene, whether it's been the lie about "welfare queens in their Cadillacs" or demonizing single parents. The Republican Party wrote off the black vote years ago as part of the "Southern Strategy" to win over the white vote.

      "If we ever needed to vote we sure do need to vote now" -- Rev. William Barber, NAACP

      by Cali Scribe on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:20:02 AM PST

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    •  since there are more whites (3+ / 0-)
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      a2nite, whaddaya, Odysseus

      and since whites are already disposed to agree with the Republican worldview, it is certainly reasonable - at this time - to put your big money into turning out more whites, especially since appealing to blacks & browns (or the women not currently under men) would turn off whites - white men in particular. You want all whites to vote - when you have a HUGE white turnout, you still win, even with the white proportion of the electorate declining.

      As the electorate grows less white, as is being discussed here, investing in white voter participation produces fewer returns, fewer and fewer returns as time goes on. Investing in blocking the non-white is a corollary to increasing the whiteness of the turnout.

      To Republican strategists both whiteness enhancing strategies (courting whites & suppressing nons) are appealing in the short term. That neither seems to sufficiently figure in backlash, and backlash looked like a factor in this election - was a flaw in the plan. Non-whites were motivated to vote by the Republican electorate-whitening tactics? Really? And whites weren't? - not any more than usual, anyway. Oops.

    •  Such a discussion would force public awareness of (0+ / 0-)

      what the Southern Strategy was really about.

      Low info voters probably have never heard of it, and its title alone does not say what it really was.

      The R party needs to say out loud "We can't recruit Blacks because we will lose our appeal to racists."

      Discussing Hispanics as potential R's affirms w/o a discussion of the Blacks as potential R's only continues to hide in silence what the Southern Strategy actually was.

      Dems need to force this discussion... R's won't do it, nor the media.

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