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Repub. chairman admits race-based strategy for 40 years





handfleisch
In a shocking admission, Michael Steele, head of the GOP, said that their strategy for 40 years has been to try to appeal to Southern white people even if it meant alienating African Americans and others throughout the country.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/2181538,african-american-vote-gop-steele-042110.article
Quote:
"For the last 40-plus years we had a 'Southern Strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, 'Bubba' went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton."
ocalhoun
If this is a race-based strategy, then every party has been using them for a long time.
All of them look at various demographic groups and determine which group they need to appeal to in order to get votes... And one of the things that differentiates the different demographic groups is race.
deanhills
@handfleisch. When I read the article, I did not come to the same conclusion as you did. Quoting the least important paragraph of the Chicago-Sun Times article completely changed the meaning of what had actually been presented by Steele to DePaul University students:
Quote:
Steele seemed to hold the diverse student audience's attention most when he talked about his own experience suffering racial discrimination -- in his first law firm interview for example -- and when he confessed his party's failure to reach out to African-Americans:

"We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans," Steele said. "This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don't walk away from parties, Their parties walk away from them.

"For the last 40-plus years we had a 'Southern Strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, 'Bubba' went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton."
ocalhoun
On a related note:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0410/Obama_seeks_to_reconnectyoung_people_AfricanAmerins_Latinos_and_women_for_2010.html
Quote:

Obama seeks to 'reconnect...young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women' for 2010


No, not race-based at all, I'm sure.
Moonspider
handfleisch wrote:
In a shocking admission, Michael Steele, head of the GOP, said that their strategy for 40 years has been to try to appeal to Southern white people even if it meant alienating African Americans and others throughout the country.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/2181538,african-american-vote-gop-steele-042110.article
Quote:
"For the last 40-plus years we had a 'Southern Strategy' that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, 'Bubba' went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton."


Yes, just as President Obama recently called upon young people, women, Latinos, and blacks to vote again in November. Does this mean that President Obama dislikes or discriminates against white men over the age of 35? Of course not. It's just part of his strategy for getting Democrats elected in November.

The same is true for any product, whether it be a politician or a shampoo. You shoot for certain demographics and tailor your campaign accordingly. Those demographics are typically based upon research showing areas of opportunity (white males age 18 to 25, black women ages 45 to 60, etc.).

There's nothing morally wrong with it. It's just a marketing strategy. I think Steele was saying that he regretted the marketing strategy however, because it alienated other people, like blacks, who use to be an integral part of the Republican Party. (I won't get into the history of Reconstruction and how the Democratic Party in the late 19th Century wrestled control from the Republicans after the War Between the States. But all parties that last any length of time go through innumerable stages and platforms.)

Respectfully,
M
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