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At a meeting of the National Urban League in Detroit today, President Bush admitted that the GOP has "a lot of work to do" in order to win African-American votes.  The AP story is here.

What do folks on dKos make of this?  It seems to me that this "outreach" has a twofold purpose:  first, to make the Democrats a little nervous about their base; second, and more importantly, to appeal to white moderates who don't want to think of themselves as racist.

Do folks think there's any traction here?  Or is this an ineffective gesture?

Originally posted to Linnaeus on Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 01:55 PM PDT.

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  •  Urban League (none)
    Some Bush appeared before the Black Chamber of Commerce...um, I mean Urban League...because he didn't want to grace the convention of the nation's oldest and most respected African-American organization [NAACP], because they were mean to him.

    Impressive display of political intuition, George.

    ...he didn't make the mistake that some politicians do of wearing his religion on his sleeve. -Ron Reagan Jr.

    by easong on Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 05:59:44 PM PDT

  •  he's (none)
    got nothing...I expect that during the dem convention there will be several references to W's snubbing of the NAACP, which will erase any inroads he may have made today.
    •  He didn't make any inroads (none)
      other than perhaps shoring up the microscopic black republican vote.

      this was all show in an attempt to camouflage the fact that the GOP is the major party of choice for racists.

    •  Welcome to the D, baby (none)
      I heard snippets on my Detroit-based NPR station during the drive home.  Bush mentioned supporting faith-based programs, his own faith, and my favorite "compassionate conservatism".  Bush also mentioned the people he's appointed Powell, Rice, & Page to prominent positions.  Not to mention that he doesn't take the black vote for granted, like some people (i.e. Dems) do.  

      BUT, NPR played Kwame Kilpatrick, the mayor of Detroit, dismissing Bush's appeal to the African-American community.  He said that when they look at both Bush's and Kerry's records/actions, they'll vote for Kerry.  

      My response to Bush:  DUH!!  Of course you don't take the black vote for granted - you want and need it this year.  Too bad all you can do is ask for it, instead of actually doing something while in office that would rally African-Americans behind you.  He's playing to the religious group, and he'll probably get some of them to vote for him, but I don't expect he'll even get 8% of the black vote this year.

      "I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."~Charles De Gaulle *CHEERS to blogs!*

      by spyral on Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 07:52:40 PM PDT

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  •  Anyone know . . . (none)
    . . . where I can get his line about choking on donkeys and swallowing elephants as a sound file?
  •  Bush at the Urban League (none)
    is an attempt to prevent further erosion among suburban conservatives, the "soccer mom" (and dad) vote.

    They might be willing to support a president whose policies disproportionately harm minorities, but they'll get upset about overt displays of racism.

    My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. Sen Carl Schurz

    by Bill Rehm on Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 06:09:27 PM PDT

  •  His speech horrified me... (none)
    I don't hve to be black to react to soft inverted racism (the references to being a city Mayor, yikes) and a few others.  I was gagging.
    He only got polite applause, I doubt it went down well.

    I guess we have Gen. Boykin Rules of Engagement: our god is bigger.

    by Marisacat on Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 06:17:01 PM PDT

  •  Make Democrats nervous about their base? Bush? (none)
    Think man, think.
    In 2000, Bush recieved 8% of the African-American vote.
    I predict that this time he gets 5% or less.
    Just think of his parade of right wing judges, his continued fierce opposition to affirmative action not to mention his brother's Predilection for labeling Blacks as felons to prevent them from voting.

    Americans know no evil, even when they do it. -- Barber.

    by Lords on Fri Jul 23, 2004 at 06:57:36 PM PDT

    •  This is Dubya we're talking about here (none)
      It may have been one of his purposes, but I didn't claim it would actually work.

      Still, though, I think the real answer here is that Bush is trying to appeal to the suburban vote.  It's a show for them.

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