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The GOP Threw A Minority Outreach Party At CPAC: Nobody Showed Up!

CPAC attracts a certain type of crowd. No, not necessarily just the rich, though One Percenters are a bit over-represented at probably 50% of the audience. Not just gun nuts either, though Wayne LaPierre had no problem filling a large ballroom at the 2014 CPAC convention. No, the crowd CPAC attracts is overwhelmingly…white.

In the minutes prior to Wayne LaPierre’s brought a stirring round of applause upon saying “Freedom is having all the handguns, shotguns and rifles we want,” the ballroom in which he said it was oddly silent and empty. A few minutes before LaPierre took the stage to represent Blackwater and Beretta, those waiting in the room caught the tail end of one of the GOP’s most important panels.

The panel on minority outreach.

Tweeted by John Hudak, this is what the ballroom looked like during this discussion.

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The empty room was, itself, the subject of some discussion during the panel, as political strategist Jason Roe suggested that Democrats draw larger minority crowds because they have more “goodies” to offer. Robert Woodson, another GOP strategist, responded.

“It’s not goodies. It bothers me that people assume that lower-income respond to gifts —food stamps or things that will be given to them. Nobody wants to be dependent so let’s assume that people want a hand up and not a hand down.”

Well said, Bob. But that’s not exactly the thing that should be bothering you here. What SHOULD be bothering you is that in a discussion about “minority outreach,” the subject of government handouts and “goodies” should come up AT ALL.

Woodson says it’s because they don’t have a “ground game” in minority areas.

And this is what lay at the echoing heart of the GOP’s empty room: It’s not an outright maliciousness toward minorities. It’s the frame of reference itself. As this panel shows, the GOP can’t even talk about minorities without characterizing them as “the other guys,” “the people who need a hand up,” “the disadvantaged ones.” For certain, minorities are at a disadvantage in the United States, but even on its best day the GOP cannot help itself from referring to said minorities as wards of a higher and wiser power. That higher and wiser power, of course, being people who aren’t minorities.

That’s true whether conservatives are talking about people of other genders or other races. Even at its most benevolent, the GOP cannot hide its desire to rule those outside of its own club, rather than to govern all clubs equally. And you can bet even the hardest core conservatives haven’t missed the message that that message is failing…nor did they miss the irony of the fact that the room only began filling up as the outreach panel ran over its time, and Wayne LaPierre fans came for early seats. Hudak:

“The GOP grassroots and activist groups are perfectly right to cheer the words of LaPierre. But they should be cheering the words of Ed Gillespie and Elroy Sailor even louder. The diversity panel is the path to the party being successful and making inroads into traditionally Democratic groups. If the GOP wants to see the Democratic Party struggle to elect a president, they should win 20% of the African American Vote or 50% of the Latino vote. Adding the votes of a few more gun rights supporters won’t make the difference in 2016 and 2020 and beyond.

If the attendance pictured above reflects the party’s future approach to diversity outreach, it is probably safe to say that for some the given future, the White House will be a solid hue of deep blue.”

Here’s the CSPAN video of the panel. Note in the beginning that the speaker is talking to a room that is virtually empty:

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Richard Rowe is a full-time freelance writer who has written over 3 million words in the last four years alone -- mostly on automotive and technical subjects. He's also a seventh-generation native Floridian, and was born and raised in the Ocala National Forest. He's a self-described "militant moderate," and charter member of the Eisenhower Bull-Moose Party. Directly descended from the two ranking military officers on both sides of the Civil War (Robert E. Lee and Edwin Stanton), he likes to think of himself as having a fairly balanced perspective on things. He was named for his great-great-grandfather, the English author and political journalist. Richard isn't interested in horse racing, soccer, or tonight's MTV reality show, "16 and Pregnant, and also a recovering celebrity midget lesbian alcoholic from New Jersey." Almost everything else is fair game. Favorite political quote, Winston Churchill: "You have enemies? Good. That means you stood up for something in your life."
  • Kevan Scott

    Hey AATTP, what in Andrew’s comments doesn’t qualify as racist bullshit? Hey Andrew, the only

  • http://twitter.com/puddytat231 Andrew Vincent (@puddytat231)

    After slaves were freed by Republicans, most blacks were Republicans, and the first black Congressmen from the south belonged to the GOP because democrats were the KKK.. We also know that Dr. King was a Republican as was Jackie Robinson. So why did Blacks switch to voting over 90% Democrat in every election?

    The LBJ’s theory was to take the most vulnerable, move them on to voting plantations where they will be housed, and fed but will not receive a success building emotional reinforcement education. The plan is to never lose another election because a minimum of 14% of the population will be voting democrat because they are dependent on them.

    On board Air Force One with biographer and two democrat Governors:
    “These N*****s, they’re getting pretty uppity these days and that’s a problem for us since they’ve got something now they never had before, the political pull to back up their uppityness. Now we’ve got to do something about this, we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference. For if we don’t move at all, then their allies will line up against us and there’ll be no way of stopping them, we’ll lose the filibuster and there’ll be no way of putting a brake on all sorts of wild legislation. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

    “I’ll have those n*****s voting Democratic for the next 200 years.” = LBJ, Democratic President of the United States.

    Thus enter LBJ and “”we’ve got to give them a little something, just enough to quiet them down, not enough to make a difference.””

    It worked.

    But democrats needed the people to convinced blacks they were victims and incapable. They are best described by educator Booker T. Washington.

    “”“”There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs…I am afraid that there is a certain class of race problem solvers who don’t want the patient to get well, because as long as the disease holds out they have not only an easy means of making a living, but also an easy medium through which to make themselves prominent before the public. “”“ Booker T. Washington

    “If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievment is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don’t have to work for it and now you’re on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play to that sense of victimhood, aggreivement and entitlement, and you still won’t have a job.”

    I would have you read a great democrats views, but he is not the “type” of democrat you would listen to.

    Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Democrat – New York:
    The Moynihan Report: 1965

    Moynihan, a democrat, warned the democrats that Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program included rules for payments only if the “Man [was] out of the house.” Critics said that the nation was paying poor women to throw their husbands out of the house.

    Enjoy your day promoting divisiveness and hate and managing the plantation..

    • Edward Rochelle

      “After slaves were freed by Republicans, most blacks were Republicans, and the first black Congressmen from the south belonged to the GOP because democrats were the KKK..”

      To try to sell the link from a very different Republican party circa 1860 to the party is it today is disingenuous to the point of ignorance. The GOP in the 1840s, 1850s, and 1860s was a pro-labor, pro-farmer, anti-slavery party. Its standard bearers would NOT be welcome in today’s cheap-labor conservative, pro-white nationalist GOP that is being built and is actively in control of that party.

      “We also know that Dr. King was a Republican as was Jackie Robinson.”

      Jackie was, until 1964. He left the party because of Goldwater’s stance on Civil Rights (equating civil rights with “Bolshevism”)

      If you really believe that MLK was a Republican, then it only shows you’ve haven’t read any of his writing or speeches on the vital issues of the times. I’m pretty sure that Martin Luther King would have been welcome at a CPAC convention.

      When it all comes down to it, party label is meaningless. What do you believe? What do you do? What kind of policies do you implement? The cheap-labor conservatives have shown their hand.

      As scripture warns us, “You shall know them by their fruits”. The conservative fruit is bitter, and no amount of Uncle Tom sweetening can change that fact.

  • labman57

    In an unrelated story, Oscar Meyer officials sheepishly acknowledged that their efforts to promote their pork products with a promotional outreach to the Orthodox Jewish community was a total failure.

    • Michelle

      Hilarious, although I admit it took me a moment.

  • Kevan Scott

    GOP minority outreach symposium in 4 words: We don’t want any! Nope, hey would rather gerrymander and steal elections by voter suppression, cutting voting hours and placesand especially will gerrymander till they, despite being very unpopular, get the desired result. Remember the Harry Reed threat to end the filabuster? Has he done that yet? So, GOPers know that Democrats threats are empty. That is, of course, unless we vote, rise up, in every possible way and in near 100% numbers. It’s time to put up and not shut up but scream bloody murder because that is about the only way left to get the Progressive message out! We can clean this up, it’s going to take time and committment but if we remain committed to changing things change will come!

  • Kurt B

    The GOP is beholden to its big business contributors and would gladly flood the country with immigrants from dysfunctional Third World Countries in a race to depress wages even further. It has nothing to do with ‘outreach’ to minorities. They would pass the TPP Agreement in a minute. The only thing that stops them is the wrath of working class Republicans and Independents that would follow.
    Democrats have already sold their soul to big business on immigration, thinking they will gain new votes and hoping that working class minorities won’t notice the sell-out.

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  • https://plus.google.com/104645523197105036850 bush putz

    The reason the GOP doesn’t attract minorities has nothing to do with ‘goodies’. It has more to do with Republicans screwing over minorities every chance they get. People aren’t stupid, and when they see that one party is waiting for them with baseball bats, they aren’t exactly going to walk over and ask to get whacked.

  • https://www.facebook.com/martindeansloan MartinDean Sloan

    Apparently the GOP is still delusional. All those empty Chairs they’re talkin’ to? Anyone remember the empty Chair Eastwood thought he was talkin’ to? I think the GOP has caught the delusional empty chair syndrome. They think that speaking to empty chairs still makes them relevant to the world. I think and so do most everyone else that empty chairs equals empty promises and substantial lies… We need to stop giving them a podium at the table jst like Issa tried to do to a fellow senator her ethe other day. STOP Reporting anyhting they do!! You don’t follow irrelevant delusional inmates in the local looney bin do you? The guy on the corner screaming obscenties to the sky should be getting help not pestering pedestrians…

    • https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000907279043 John Baker

      What Eastwood did was a piece of performance art, albeit a rather silly and pointless one. What the GOP is doing is denying the ship is sinking while standing in water up to their necks.

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