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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Sunday, February 17, 2013

For God's Sake, Just Stop It

Look.  I know we haven't always gotten along in the past, and for the last twelve years or so, it's been pretty rocky between us.  So Republicans, I can understand if you don't want to listen.

But, stop it.

Just.... stop it.

Stop trying to find a minority candidate to solve your problems with minorities.

Michael Steele and Herman Cain, and yes, Ben Carson are not going to suddenly win you votes from people who care about a pluralistic America.

Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz - who are conservative Cubans - are not going to win you votes among the other Latino demographics who are liberal.

There is a thing called tokenism.  And minorities are acutely aware of when they are being treated as a token.

If you want to appeal to minorities and women and young people, you need to change your policies.  Simply put, you can't just throw up a minority candidate and expect minorities to vote for you, when your policies - from voter suppression to retrogressive taxation to gutting social spending that benefits the poor - is what makes minorities vote for Democrats.

Not because Obama is a black guy.

And your inability to see that simply drive the message home all the more.

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