Same ‘ol Southern Strategy by “Modern” GOP on Race. Why is it that the “modern” Republican party is seemingly incapable of running a positive messaging campaign based on what they would do in power rather than on what they dislike in others? It seems we can’t get through a presidential race without someone on the GOP side dragging out the 1970s welfare queen strategy.
It was said plainly and without apology by a conservative talking head on News One New last week, “this is a primary strategy.” As if bigotry against an entire religion is fine as long as it’s part of a plan to win a presidential primary. That’s how natural GOP strategy linked to bigotry and racism has become. Ben Carson saying he wouldn’t support a Muslim for President with a broad brush bigotry so casual you had to wonder if it was 1915 or 2015. Is Carson claiming to know the beliefs of 2 million Americans? I guess? Has Carson challenged the stereotype that all doctors are smart? Likely.
Of course, days later, Carson had to walk back his bigoted comments (will Armstrong Williams walk back too?) and say they were somehow “out of context,” — like he always does after saying something stupid. Then, we had former Florida Governor George Bush.
“Look around this room,” a man told Bush according to the Washington Post. “How many black faces do you see? How are you going to include them and get them to vote for you?” asked the man, who was white.
“Our message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.”
Not that any further proof was needed, but this is how a so-called “moderate” in the modern GOP messages to Black voters. Apparently no one learned the message of Mitt Romney — which was that you can’t win the White House on only white Republican voters. But the casualness of what Jeb, must like the casualness of Mitt, indicates a party with no interest in re-thinking anything regarding Black voters. Right now it’s still about patronizing messages meant to give a certain segment of white voters to the polls.