Missing from the avalanche of press coverage from last week’s historic election is race. Did Scott Brown have any appeal for the few middle class blacks in the suburbs? Why didn’t minority communities turn out for the putative successor to Kennedy, a longtime favorite, for Coakley? Is it time for the GOP to drop the effort and all pretensions to garnering the votes of African American issues?
A party that fails to diversify itself is a party destined for failure. Jack Kemp knew this better than most successfully elected Republicans. It may be ironic that the GOP has more in solidarity with the nation’s growing Hispanic population which shares to some degree the party’s social and economic philosophy.
The failure of the GOP to make inroads in the African American community leaves the latter at the mercy of indifferent Democratic politicians who could care less about the poor quality of urban schools.
D.R. Tucker, always worth reading, weighs in for a little honest pessimism.
There’s no nice way of saying this, so it must be stated plainly. The Republican Party is the home of two groups: those who want the government’s size and scope to be reduced, and those who believe that the government has a compelling interest in maintaining the country’s “Judeo-Christian” principles. The folks who comprise these two groups do not live in urban communities. There is no way for the GOP to reach out to urban communities without alienating the folks who make up these two groups, just as the Democratic Party cannot reach out to the folks who make up these two groups without alienating urban communities. To believe otherwise is to believe in fairy tales. Only by dealing honestly with racial and political realities can conservatives and Republicans live happily ever after.