Thursday, July 22, 2004

Reaching Out Beyond the Base

The New York Times details GOP efforts to reach out to black and Hispanic voters, and I find myself struggling to stifle a yawn. We've heard all this before, and nothing's about to change now; it isn't as if the Republican Party's difficulties with these groups is some sort of mystery that's too deep to fathom. As long as the GOP remains the home of the immigration restrictionists, the Bell Curve aficionados, the "Racial Profiling Now!" brigade, and the "Confederate Pride" contingent, blacks and Hispanics will continue to stay away from the party in overwhelming numbers - it's as simple as that. Far too many prominent Republicans seem to think it a point of honor to go out of their way to emphasize their disdain for the less-than-pale in complexion.