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On the bright side, the new strategy couldn't be any worse than the old one.
Apparently, a big part of the Republican Party's new African-American outreach strategy is to follow the lead of how the Texas Republican Party does things (pdf):
There are numerous outside groups that are studying the best way for the Republican Party to better reach African American voters. The Republican Party should leverage the best practices identified by such organizations. Investing time and resources in African American communities by leveraging best practices of organizations like the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach (an affiliate of the Republican Party of Texas) is essential.
Unfortunately, we don't have 2012 exit polls to explore whether the Texas GOP worked some sort of magic last year, but in 2008 there were exit polls, and the numbers were ugly: 98 percent of African Americans in the state voted for President Obama, which was three points better than the president polled nationwide.

Maybe that's why the head of the Texas Federation for Republican Outreach offered this advice:

Bill Calhoun of the Texas GOP added, “Don’t try to get African Americans to become Republicans, but persuade them to vote independently by voting their principles and not party affiliation.”
So, when asked how Republicans can expand their appeal to African-Americans, the head of the group cited as a role model for the GOP said Republicans shouldn't even try to get African-Americans to join the party. The fact that he's probably right is a pretty good sign of just how deep the GOP's problem really is.

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  •  he also doesn't entertain the possibility (18+ / 0-)

    that they do vote thier principles.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:06:23 PM PDT

  •  Is it possible (3+ / 0-)

    that the Republicans could convince someone to vote for them and then make it almost impossible for them to cast their vote? Just asking.

  •  On the other hand, I'm willing to change (8+ / 0-)

    My party affiliation, set up a consultancy and grift the fuck out of advise them.


    Who else is in?

  •  This is so nonsensical. (3+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, Janet 707, Chitown Kev

    Does anyone think that the former Dixiecrats would lift a finger for this to happen?  Go ahead; any takers on that?

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:16:53 PM PDT

  •  Texas Federation for Republican Outreach..? (2+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, majcmb1

    how could this lose with acronym Tex-F.R.O.

    the Reptilian Party in tx is at least as backward-thinking as any random/organized group of yahoo's anywhere. they would have to re-write their national party platform before a reasonable person could expect they might almost be serious.

    New label (?) outside, same ol' Snake Oil inside!

    There is NO PLACE for GOVERNMENT in a VAGINA !!!!

    by Warren Pease on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:17:11 PM PDT

  •  C-Span. American Conservative Forum. Again. (2+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, majcmb1

    Since C-Span is not gonna do it because they're not like that.

    And no reporter will.

    Memory Lane. Compare and contrast to the 'Autopsy.'


    American Conservative Forum.
    November 5, 1993


    Rep Vin Weber

    The republicans were the party of economic change, and the party of change of programs that had become unpopular.

    We've lost that over the last four years. The image is just frayed, or obscured, or muddied somewhat.

    If the republican party is successful in rebuilding its image as an agent of change along the lines of conservative principles - market orientation, decentralization, traditional values, most of those pert voters are gonna be happy returning to the republican party because that's what they want. They want to associate with an entity, a party, a movement that stands for change. Only when we allow conservatism to be redefined backwards to a defense of the status quo or to a passivity, we lose those (Perot) people.

    The most important thing is to get our message clear.If we do that well, they will come to us.


    Burt Pines
    Chairman, National Center For Public Policy Research

    Conservatism will be dynamic. We will have to come to terms and we will in the 5,000 meetings we're gonna be holding, and in the next three to four weeks to come to terms in fact with the role of government. We're gonna come to terms with how we get our message out better to blacks ,whom we want, and who identify themselves as 33% conservative. A plurality of blacks identify themselves as conservatives. How we get our message out to hispanics.

    Bill Clinton has the opportunity to build a majoritarian democratic party. Ronald Reagan wasn't a fluke. he conservative tide in the country, in the democratic party, will not swim against that tide. EIsenhower realized there is a liberal tide in the country, and Eisenhower didn't swim against that.


    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:20:10 PM PDT

  •  I'm glad you posted the photo of Trump. (4+ / 0-)
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    Pragmatus, LeftyAce, majcmb1, glorificus

    He has

    great relationship with the blacks.
    He should be the GOP Consultant to African American Outreach.

    He's a natural: so authentic, so charming, so warm, so personable.

    I mean, hey, Ann Romney was the Romney Consultant for Women, right?

    Look how well that turned out!

    © grover

    So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

    by grover on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:21:41 PM PDT

  •  "...the blacks don't matter." (0+ / 0-)

    That's what a GOP friend of mine said in his post-mortem on the election.  His advice for success next time:

    1.  FInd a charismatic candidate who can sell, and who doesn't have Bain or RomneyCare baggage.

    2.  Get that primary over quickly.  Identify the establishment candidate and put loads of money behind him early.  Clear the deck.  Newt actually went after Romney on Bain,...that was so bad that he got bitch-slapped by the Powers that Be, and told to pull that ad off the air.  That 2012 primary cannot be allowed to ever happen again.

    3.  Stop talking about rape, contraception and abortion.  Just don't ever talk about it again, like we don't ever say the "N" word.  Just don't.  And, have a canned, prepared remark for whenever the media corners you about abortion:  "I am pro-life, but I don't believe in legislating morality or my personal beliefs, and over-turning RVW would never be a litmus test for the Supreme Court."  Fly under the radar on this stuff, like GWB did in his elections.  That will help with single women, and increase the percentages among married women.

    4.  Let the GOP House and Senate Filibuster stall immigration reform for the rest of Obama's presidency.  Then, have the GOP candidate come out as the only man who can get the GOP in Congress to cooperate and pass comprehensive immigration reform.  Basically co-opt the issue from the Dems and neutralize them in an effort to get at least the latino vote that GWB got.  That said, when you get elected, you are going to have to deliver something, or forget a second term - even if it hurts down the road.

    5.  Forget about the blacks.  They don't matter.  GWB won two terms losing blacks 9-1.  Talk nice about them, because the rhetoric matters to white swing voters, women, and latinos that think "there but by the grace of god go I".  But, remember, blacks will never vote for the GOP unless the GOP agrees to give them something for free - like the "Obama Phone" lady.  "And we aren't going to do any of that.  In fact, we're going to take some away (like killing Affirmative Action).  That is a bridge too far".

    •  The blacks don't matter (0+ / 0-)

      Guess again, for soon the Republican Party will have a minority voting block.  And no wonder, with such backwards thinking, who would vote for them?  Do they really think the American people cannot see through their ploy?  The people are not dumb, and will not fall for that outreach garbage.  They already know that Republicans care about no one but themselves and their ultra-rich friends.  

    •  The racist list about avoiding racism: Typical GOP (2+ / 0-)
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      LMS44, Batya the Toon

      That fifth thing on your "GOP friend"'s list is vile. SO concerned about not appearing racist and does it by spouting racist shit - Blacks Want Free Stuff, Affirmative Action Booga Booga!, Talk Nice to Those People Anyway So We Don't Lose Bleeding-Heart Whites and Hispanics and Broads Who Are Relieved They're Not Black.

      Gee, GOP Friend, it couldn't be that some of us can empathize with people who don't share our skin color, our gender, or our life experiences, and want to make a better life for everyone?

      ..."Empathize." Yes, it's a real word. E.M.P. - look, just look it up in a dictionary. And let me just congratulate you on your outreach program.

      Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

      by gardnerhill on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 01:06:10 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  The Republican new slogan: (2+ / 0-)
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    Tangerinegirl20, LMS44

    " If it werent' for the Spics, the Nigras would have jobs pickin' cotton and tomatus."  Vote for us!!!!

    Clueless Assholes -- oh, and racist asshats.

    " My faith in the Constitution is whole; it is complete; it is total." Barbara Jordan, 1974

    by gchaucer2 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:24:20 PM PDT

  •  They did vote their 2008 and 2012. (6+ / 0-)

    So did a majority of Hispanics, Asians, and Caucasians...and Obama won.

    Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right.

    by darthstar on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:25:11 PM PDT

  •  The GOP ought to use Randy Newman's "Sail Away" (1+ / 0-)
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    They are that clueless.

    "There are many truths of which the full meaning cannot be realized until personal experience has brought it home." John Stuart Mill

    by kuvasz on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:27:17 PM PDT

  •  Please, Jed. (1+ / 0-)
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    On the bright side, the new strategy couldn't be any worse than the old one.
    I think you misunderestimate our opponents.

    Ceterum censeo Factionem Republicanam esse delendam.

    by journeyman on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:28:03 PM PDT

  •  Those pictures of monkeys and watermelons.... (4+ / 0-)
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    majcmb1, glorificus, HCKAD, LMS44

    ...referencing the President of the United States go a long way when you're talking about outreach to Black folks.

    Good thing they don't have any memories, any pride, any self-respect, and don't hold a grudge.

    Also a good thing that Black folks haven't developed a sense of figuring out who hates them because they're Black. Nope. They can't spot out-and-out racists.

    Yeah, this GOP outreach is gonna work.  

    The hell it will.

  •  I think this is exciting... (1+ / 0-)
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    The GOP needs more of us.

    Who ya gonna shoot wit dat homie, you'd rather blast an original instead of a phony, true macaroni, you don't even know me, and why does your gun say n****z only?

    by mim5677 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:29:30 PM PDT

  •  Rick Perry renaming his N----rhead Texas hunting (3+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, FiredUpInCA, majcmb1

    ranch might be a good place to start.

    Father Time remains undefeated.

    by jwinIL14 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:30:36 PM PDT

  •  They Need to Copy Their Scientist Outreach Program (2+ / 0-)
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    LeftyAce, LMS44

    After all, much of the time the last 10 years the GOP runs around 3% Black support nationally, but it has TWICE the support among scientists, around 6% of whom are Republicans.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:37:33 PM PDT

  •  In other words: (0+ / 0-)

    outreach fail.

    I'm not always political, but when I am I vote Democratic. Stay Democratic, my friends. -The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by boran2 on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:43:16 PM PDT

  •  Remember Black people (2+ / 0-)
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    glorificus, Batya the Toon

    Hate Republicans .We think conservatives suck.They talk about President Obama like he is a dog.They talk about the first lady like she is some ho off the block.How dare they insult us

  •  Principle Vote (0+ / 0-)

    Note to Bill Calhoun.  I "DO" vote my principles.  That is precisely why your dumb-ass Republican party will "never" get my vote.  Your party have no principles worthy of my vote.

  •  Isn't it true that about the same percentage (0+ / 0-)

    of AAs voted for Al Gore as voted for Barack Obama?

    Isn't this indicative of something?

    "The press just doesn’t know how to handle flat-out untruths," ~Paul Krugman

    by Nimbus on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 07:31:12 PM PDT

  •  They don't want AAs to join the party but to vote (1+ / 0-)
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    for them?  Yeah that sounds about right.  In other words we don't want your input, we don't represent you and we will push for policies that are antithetical to your existence but vote for us anyway because Democrats founded the KKK and something, something MLK was a Republican ...blah blah.

  •  Strange (1+ / 0-)
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    once upon a time, blacks voted for Republicans all the time.

    Even after FDR finally brought (northern) blacks into the Dem coalition still about 30% of blacks voted Republican.

    There's reasons for that.

    Maybe the GOP needs to remember their own history, a little bit and they probably could pick up a few more black votes (with the incorporation of the Dixiecrats into the base of their party, they won't pick up many).

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