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This was previously posted on my blog Bluestate Georgia

The Georgia GOP, like the national GOP would really like to shake the widely held observation that they are the party of older white men.  They don't want to make changes in their attitudes toward minorities, but they'd like to present a better public relations face.  They would love to stamp out the White House watermelon patch post cards, Obama food stamp cartoons, witch doctor cartoons and t-shirts, and racist conspiracy theories which swirl around in the GOP base like an uncontrollable maelstrom.

At the same time RNC chair Rince Priebus was meeting with African-American Republicans in Atlanta, the Douglas County GOP was denying a seat at the GOP's state convention to the chair of the Georgia Black Republican Council.  The incident is summarized in this article, with updates, from Political Insider, Jim Galloway's column and blog at the AJC

A short summary is that on a 3-2 racially split vote, the Douglas County GOP board denied Michael McNeely a seat at the convention.  Due to the ensuing embarrassment and "bad optics", as someone called it, the state party overruled the vote of the Douglas County GOP (the details on how this was done are not clear to me at this time).

Douglas County is a county on the verge of turning blue.  The non-Hispanic white population of the county is in decline, and has dropped to 48.5 % as of the 2010 census.  Furthermore Obama won the county in 2008 and 2012.  The county is on the verge of becoming solidly Democratic.  The changing demographics combined with behavior like this from the GOP will likely speed up this transition and make it irreversible.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    by larryfeltonj on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 06:57:24 AM PST

  •  I will point out (0+ / 0-)

    That, according to the article, this seems more like a personal vendetta than a racial thing.  The white guy who blocked the black guy was pissed cause the black guy had previously beaten his friend for some party vice chair position or something.  They were sitting at the same table together (FWIW), plus the white guy voted for another black guy to be a delegate.

    That said, when you're trying not to get swamped by demographics, you put aside petty differences and focus on unity and cohesion.

    There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

    by slothlax on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 11:33:04 AM PST

    •  The vote, on the other hand ... (1+ / 0-)
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      was 3-2 on racial lines.  Whether or not the county chair said to himself "Hey, I can't let a black guy represent our county", in a county which is rapidly headed for a black majority, the old white guard leadership blocked one of the highest profile African-American Republicans in the state.

      Not being a Republican I can't speak to the internal dynamics, but since I've seen what is euphemistically called the "good ol' boy network" react to changes in demographics here in Georgia many times in the past, and I'd be astonished if there isn't a heavy dose of both panic at loss of power and racial animosity involved.

      by larryfeltonj on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 02:53:32 PM PST

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      •  I'm being magnanimous (0+ / 0-)

        I don't generally trust the motives of conservatives on this stuff.  But I do think it is possible that this was just personal, not racial.

        In the end, I imagine its a bit of both.

        There is truth on all sides. The question is how much.

        by slothlax on Wed Feb 13, 2013 at 03:02:16 PM PST

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