This story on Politico highlights a problem, as if the Republicans do not have enough, about a way that they can make breakthroughs with minorities-if they only would try http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0508/10464.html.
It is not a new problem. But, it is part of the problem in a center-right party that does not have a slew of race or gender groups a la the Democrats. Thus, we are seeing a serious problem that has been hidden for years burst out like crazy among the Democrats in the race between Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
For the Republicans, it is a serious one that can easily be remedied.
As noted in a post last week, the Republican party can not recruit minorities to lose elections. It is pointless to have these candidates run in heavily gerrymandered Democrat districts. They have to be recruited to run in big races.
That is what happened in 2006.
Sure, Ken Blackwell lost for governor in Ohio and Lynn Swann for the same post in Pennsylvania. And, who can forget the great Michael Steele in his heroic run for the senate from Maryland?
So, what happened this year?
No effort and once again, the Republicans fail to elevate conservative, minority candidates and the other side attributes it to racism.
It is not racism. It is the difference in the parties, in ideology.
In the Republican party, it is merit that gets one ahead. In the Democrat party, one can be a multi-generation member of a minority and keep an office for many a moon. Thus, the Democrats look wonderful. Look how many blacks are in congress! And, the Dems have three minority governors! WOW!
Too bad most are incompetent boobs.
The Republican party needs to put the Michael Steeles, the Sen. Mel Martinez (when not pontificating on "comprehensive immigration reform") types out there, to show that those who are minorities and conservative are welcomed to the Republican party. They need to come home and that maybe a good legacy that a President "F--- You" McCain can leave his party.