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The other day, I wrote a diary about the Republicans listing Jackie Robinson, the black baseball player that broke the color barrier in professional baseball, on their Republican Heroes page.

There were lots of interesting comments going into the history of the Democratic and Republican parties, and how they have changed since the 50/60's, and one of the most convincing comments was posted by Nova Land:

"Emphasizing that he was neither Republican nor Democrat, but that he prefers Nixon as the "better man", ... Jackie Robinson said he was 'positive' a Negro would be named to the Cabinet no matter who is elected president."

So, once again, the Republicans are trying to distort history.

Link to previous diary on Jackie Robinson

Well, based on today's trip to espn.com, it looks like claiming black heroes isn't the only way that they are trying to woo minorities.

Sen. John McCain on Friday pressed President Barack Obama to give a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the black heavyweight boxing champion who was imprisoned nearly a century ago because of his romantic ties with a white woman.

Posthumous Pardon Sought for Johnson

And now Sen. McCain and Rep. Peter King (R-NY) are blaming Obama for not acting on a resolution passed this summer:

"Regrettably, we have not received a response from you or any member of your administration," they wrote in Friday's letter, adding they hoped that Obama would be eager to "right this wrong and erase an act of racism that sent an American citizen to prison."

So, ironically, two Republican politicians are giving President Obama grief because he hasn't acted upon a resolution to reverse something that the majority of the members of their party would support if it happened today.

And its not as if President Obama hasn't been a little bit busy this summer...

Originally posted to SnowItch on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:32 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (11+ / 0-)

    The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States puts an exclamation point on Democracy!

    by SnowItch on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:32:30 PM PDT

  •  do you think its wooing (5+ / 0-)

    or a whitewash to hide the white supremacist agenda of the most loyal base of the party?

    I myself think its whitewash.  I doubt any minority sees it otherwise though I have no evidence of minority response to the effort.  It may be a bid to keep more moderate whites and independents from fleeing the party's candidates as they did this past election.

    •  Good question. (3+ / 0-)
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      I was thinking wooing, because in both instances the focus was on sports figures.  

      The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States puts an exclamation point on Democracy!

      by SnowItch on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 02:23:08 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  you think that a focus on sports figures is a way (0+ / 0-)

        to woo minorities? or are you saying that the repubs think that they can woo minorities by using sports figures? I certainly hope its the latter cause if its the former then you need a racist reality-check.

        anyone who thinks that using sports figures is a valid "woo-the-minorities" stratagem suffers from a very american form of racism. let me straighten out anyone who suffers from this delusion: if every professional minority sports figure joined the republiklan party, it would have zero effect on minority voting patterns.

        until the republiklans completely change their policies, they will only be able to count on the votes of white people. you know, just like they did in the 2008 potus elections.

        nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded - John Muir, 1908

        by OnlyWords on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 03:37:35 PM PDT

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        •  The former (0+ / 0-)

          IMO, to woo simply is the effort to sway one to your side.

          No where in my diary did I even begin to try and analyze what I thought the effect would be.  As a non-minority, I didn't try.

          I do resent you taking an attitude for an opinion that I didn't even try to express.

          The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States puts an exclamation point on Democracy!

          by SnowItch on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 05:41:24 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

      •  It is not wooing. Wooing is the attempt to begin (0+ / 0-)

        a sincere relationship. The Republicans just want to pick off enough minorities and moderates to dilute the strength of the Democratic party.  This is akin to flirting for a one night stand, but not any thing long term and beneficial to the recipient.

        I like President Obama. I think I understand his vision for the country and I'm all in.

        by Blogvirgin on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 03:40:52 PM PDT

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  •  Example of Republican Outreach (4+ / 0-)
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    We shall overcome, someday. Yes we can.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:37:36 PM PDT

  •  Minorities aren't stupid (9+ / 0-)

    They can tell the difference between shallow pandering and "gotcha" politics ... and substantive policies designed to eliminate structural and cultural barriers to minorities' success and make the 'American Dream' achievable for all, even as it broadens it beyond its original Anglo-Saxon concept.

    No matter how much the Republicans pander, it'll never change the fact that conservative policies are bad for minorities and that Republicans don't think that's a problem.

    Progressive is not the opposite of aggressive.

    by Visceral on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:38:35 PM PDT

    •  But American voters ARE stupid (3+ / 0-)
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      minority or not.

      I wish it weren't the case, but it is.

      "Conservative": a person so stupid as to believe in Social Darwinism without actually believing in Darwinism

      by fizziks on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:43:42 PM PDT

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      •  So they're really playing to their own white base (4+ / 0-)

        They're trying to put themselves out there as making the kind of shallow gesture that their own white base (especially the fundangelicals) just eats up. They know full well that minorities won't bite, so they can turn around and BS about how minorities are racist against whites; minorities want to be treated not equally but better than whites; and how the Democratic Party is the party of non-white and therefore anti-white.

        Is that what you're saying?

        Progressive is not the opposite of aggressive.

        by Visceral on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:50:25 PM PDT

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        •  not really (5+ / 0-)

          I'm saying that with enough stupid pandering in a few years Republicans could get plenty of minority votes.  Just like they now get plenty of white working class votes with stupid cultural pandering.  

          "Conservative": a person so stupid as to believe in Social Darwinism without actually believing in Darwinism

          by fizziks on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:52:09 PM PDT

          [ Parent ]

          •  They have tried to split minorities before (5+ / 0-)

            They've tried to split the Latino vote by appealing to Latinos as religious, family-oriented, and as hard-working immigrants who believe in the country and capitalism, but they got tripped up when their white base demanded a hard line against immigration.

            They've tried to split the Black vote by appealing to religion, homophobia, and by exploiting the real divides in the black community, but again, their white base eventually gets them to take some position that alienates even conservative blacks.

            The Republican Party is first and foremost the party of white people, and by extension the Democratic Party is not ... and to a conservative, there's no distinction between non-white and anti-white. Predominantly white groups like fundangelicals and hard-core libertarians that also get nothing but lip service are still kept loyal by this thinking and the Republican Party's obvious but rarely explicit appeals to it.

            Progressive is not the opposite of aggressive.

            by Visceral on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 02:07:47 PM PDT

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            •  They cant play on the black (2+ / 0-)
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              community with homophobia, religion and our political divisions. No matter what people's dogmas and hang-ups might be, white supremacists are hated more than anything. Jesus and gays never lynched anybody.

              Listening to black people closely when they talk about the dog whistles of racism that come from the GOP would help most people to understand why blacks vote Democratic now and forever.

              •  Your point is what I find so incredulous (1+ / 0-)
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                about this effort by the Republicans.  Just one more indication that they have totally lost any sense of reality.

                The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States puts an exclamation point on Democracy!

                by SnowItch on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 02:53:30 PM PDT

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                •  They have COMPLETELY lost it. (1+ / 0-)
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                  They may as well forget it. All they do is piss off black people by defaming and misrepresenting Jackie Robinson (a sacred figure in the black community) and they scare away the bigots that appear to make up a large portion of their base voters. This is a lose-lose for them.

                  In 20 years (maybe even 10) they'll be lucky to make up 10% of America's voters if that. They are going to right way for it.

          •  Can anyone say "Joe the Plumber" n/t (1+ / 0-)
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            The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States puts an exclamation point on Democracy!

            by SnowItch on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 02:24:37 PM PDT

            [ Parent ]

          •  you are soooo wrong bout that (0+ / 0-)

            I'm saying that with enough stupid pandering in a few years Republicans could get plenty of minority votes.

            perhaps you haven't been paying attention but the kind of pandering that repubs do seems only to work on white people. plenty of african-americans and hispanics/latinos are cultural conservatives but these groups, unlike white people, tend to vote their politics.

            if white voters were as "stupid" as minorities there would be no republiklans, conservadems or blue dogs. but i guess i'm the racist for saying that minorities tend to be much smarter voters than white people. so be it.

            nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded - John Muir, 1908

            by OnlyWords on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 03:46:52 PM PDT

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      •  so you think that african-americans are stupid (0+ / 0-)

        for voting overwhelming for liberal\progressive democrats? you know something, if white voters were as stupid as african-americans there would be no republiklan party.

        just sayin'...

        nothing dollarable is safe, however guarded - John Muir, 1908

        by OnlyWords on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 03:40:39 PM PDT

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  •  Even Rep. Lynn Jenkins... (5+ / 0-)

    voted for that bill. C'mon, Obama, pardon him so the Republicans can go back to looking for their Great White Hope to beat you.

  •  One thing we can count on (5+ / 0-)

    GOP outreach to minorities will provide endless laughs. EX-Mr. Steele.

    Let tyrants fear.-Queen Elizabeth I

    by Virginia mom on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 01:51:24 PM PDT

  •  It's cover for their idiot (5+ / 0-)

    Rep saying that the GOP needed a "great white hope." From the article.

    Johnson became the first black heavyweight champion on Dec. 26, 1908 -- 100 years before Obama was elected the first black president. Johnson won the title after police in Australia stopped his 14-round match against the severely battered Canadian world champion, Tommy Burns.

    That led to a search for a "Great White Hope" who could beat Johnson. Two years later, Jim Jeffries, the American world titleholder Johnson had tried for years to fight, came out of retirement but lost in a match called "The Battle of the Century," resulting in deadly riots.

  •  Rethugs are incredible lazy, and try cheap... (1+ / 0-)
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    ploys to gain back minorities.  I've got news for them, it's not going to work losers!

    "There is no red America, or blue America, there is the United States of America." 2004 DNC Speech

    by BarackStarObama on Fri Oct 16, 2009 at 04:24:43 PM PDT

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