Who`s Afraid Of Michael Steele?
After Barack Obama`s victory, The
GOP appointed African American
Michael Steele as chairman of the Republican
National Committee with the
explicit purpose of trying to reach out to
The party got more than it bargained for. Shortly after
assuming his position, Michael Steele told the
Washington Times that the party needed a
“`There was underlying concerns we had become too regionalized and the
party needed to reach beyond our comfort` zones, he
said, citing defeats in such states as
North Carolina. `We need messengers to really
capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross
section…We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks
like the conservative party that stands on principles.
But we want to apply them to
urban-surburban hip-hop settings.`”
Steele went on to say that the
Party`s new image
“will be avant garde, technically.
It will come to table with things that will
surprise everyone—off the hook.” [Steele:
GOP needs `hip-hop` makeover, by Ralph Hallow,
Washington Times, February 19, 2009]
The RNC`s website, GOP.com displays
this new attitude.
documented on TakiMag just how awful it is.
Among the gems there: creating
a new profile on GOP heroes—filled with of no-name
black Reconstruction politicians; and a blog by Steele
“What Up” (but apparently this title
became too embarrassing, and it was replaced with
the less jiggy
“change the game”.)
“You saw in Christie and you saw in McDonnell a door open [to the
because they went in and engaged. McDonnell was very
deliberate about spending. I mean, [Black
Entertainment Television founder]
Sheila Johnson was on his team. I mean, that was a big
deal. That`s because he engaged her and she helped
navigate him through that relationship.”[Transcript,
Steele could have mentioned that
New Jersey is also home to the self described (white)
Rapper” Hi-Caliber, who
busted rhymes like
“I can`t take
this, these libs are phony/ And I got a bone to pick
with Jon Bon Jovi/ He won`t
show for the troops during War Time, but he`ll a
do a show for that bum John Corzine” during the
So how much did winning
gubernatorial candidates Bob McDonnell (VA) and Christie
(NJ) victories depend on their newly opened door to the
Both Bob McDonnell and Chris
Christie received a trivial 9% of the black vote.
John McCain received an only slightly more trivial
8% in both Virginia and New Jersey.
fair assumption that this one percentage point increase
among the black voters was the result of the fact that
they did not have an African American Democrat to vote
for—rather than the fact that Michael Steele is the
chairman of the RNC, that the founder of BET supported
the Republicans, or that they found out that
Pickney Pinchback was a Republican on GOP.com.
Far more important were the
Republican gains among white voters.
Bob McDonnell received 67% of the White vote to
John McCain`s 60% and 2008 Virginia Republican Senator
Jim Gilmore`s atrocious 43%.
On top of that, the white share of the vote in
Virginia increased from 70% in 2008 to 78% in 2009.
In New Jersey, Christie received
59% of the White vote, compared to McCain`s 50%.
On a side
note, New Jersey Hispanics—just 12% of the voters in
2009—gave Christie 33% of their vote, compared to 21%
This is entirely typical of the Hispanic vote
fluctuating in parallel to the white vote, but further
to the left.
I actually am pleasantly surprised that no one (to my
knowledge) is trying to attribute his success to the
[For readers who want to do their own
calculations, here are the exit poll links:
NJ 2009 ,
VA 2008 President ,
VA 2008 Senate.]
Even though Republicans chose
Steele to be their chairman, he continues to assert that
Republicans are not welcoming to blacks.
His comments about Christie and McDonnell`s
successful pandering were prefaced by his agreeing with
the outlandish assertion by
Martin that white Republicans are afraid of blacks.
absolutely right. I mean I`ve been in the room and
they`ve been scared of me and I`m like, `I`m on your
side,` so I can imagine going out there talking to
someone like you." [Steele:
White Republicans are scared of me, Jordan
Fabian, The Hill, November 9, 2009]
interest of racial justice, I should add whenever Barack
Obama pushes some anti-white policy, I ask myself:
Hillary Clinton or
John Edwards do the same thing?”
In most cases, they would.
Mehlman and Gillespie went to destructive lengths in
groveling to Hispanics and
apologizing for the
Southern Strategy, I can`t imagine them making such
buffoons of themselves as to try to make a Hip Hop
makeover of the party or systematically alienating
its white base.
even Barack Obama is wise enough not to make a comment
about White Republicans being afraid of him when he
walks into a room.
Democrats are getting votes from the minorities they
took back the governorships in New Jersey and Virginia
Sailer Strategy—but not because they knew what they
If anything, the success of the Republican candidates in
the November 3 election was in spite of the national
Doug Hoffman would have had a much better chance of
winning had the GOP Establishment not initially backed,
and given over a
million dollars to,
Dede Scozzafava—who went
endorse the Democratic candidate.
unless the GOP gets rid of hacks like Steele, it doesn`t
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