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.