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Posted by darkstar 12 years ago
Doin' The Devil's Advocate Thingy Here....
FuzzyDave: When you consider that roughly 95% of black voters are not only Democrat, but rabidly anti-Bush/anti-GOP, what was the point of the candidates showing up?  
It's a Damned-if-you-Do, Damned-if-you-don't situation.  
If they showed up, they'd be accused of being hypocrites or pandering or outright lying to blacks; and because they didn't show up, they're racists.  
I say Hoorah for the GOP Candidates for not showing up.  
They know they'll never get the black vote.  
Mostly because they've spent years trying to keep them FROM voting. So, why go after voters you want to keep away from the polls?
SpearmintFur: Well put, FuzzyDave.
darkstar: I dig. Personally, though, I think I'd have gone if I were a GOP candidate.  
It's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy, basically. They don't try to find common ground with many African American voters because their attitudes and policies often are in direct opposition to the felt needs of large parts and permutations of African Americans in America.  
The one feeds into the other, which then feeds back into the first. After a while, you have a situation where the GOP considers it essentially a waste of time to even have colloquy with the mainstream representatives of the demographic group.  
It's complex, but there seems to be something really dysfunctional about writing off 13% of the US population.  
FoolProof: I wouldn't call it a self-fullfilling prophecy. It's an existing condition in America. Any republican that showed up there would be targeted.  
Nothing new here.
aktaeon: They could show up and acknowledge the current state of affairs. It certainly wouldn't cost them votes.  
Showing up, even to pander, is not a completely empty gesture. Not showing up is basically a declaration that Republican representation is the same as no representation for black voters.  
No one expects the GOP to be the party of inclusion. The narrow band of diversity in Republican-think doesn't leave room for the messy complexity of race and poverty issues.