For all doubters that the GOP is not a racist party (despite evidence to the contrary):
House Speaker John Boehner is the most prominent Republican to admit, out loud, that his party's strategy for winning in November doesn't suppose that the GOP can win over some black and Latino voters, but hoping they won't vote at all. Boehner wasn't talking about voter I.D. laws, which are being pushed by Republicans andcriticized as disenfranchising minority and poor voters, he did tell a luncheon hosted by the Christian Science Monitor in Tampa Monday that the Republican Party was counting on apathy from the Latinos and blacks who are choosing Democrats over Republicans by record margins in recent polls. As Talking Point Memo's Benjy Sarlin reports, Boehner said:Update:
“This election is about economics… These groups have been hit the hardest. They may not show up and vote for our candidate but I’d suggest to you they won’t show up and vote for the president either.”
The writer of the original piece has corrected the headline, but Boehner still shows considerable apathy towards Blacks and Latinos:
House Speaker John Boehner is the most prominent Republican to admit, out loud, that his party's strategy for winning in November isn't looking for ways that the GOP can win over some black and Latino voters; rather, it is betting they won't vote at all.