The Republican Race Problem

My morning hangover has nothing to do with the color of my skin, and neither does my vote. For months the Republicans have been “eloquently” attempting to frame the debate over the future of the party in simple terms, “We just don’t appeal to minorities.” With Jan Brewer, and John McCain suggesting that illegals are beheading people and leaving them in the desert, it’s a wonder why the Republican Party has such a bad rep with the Latino community.

Now keeping all of this in mind, I remember the two years when the Tea Party was still relevant, following Big Daddy Glenn Beck, hand-in-hand at pointing out the black people in their marches. It was relatively easy, there were maybe three of them. Now I suggest that what made the Tea Party racist, aside from its actual policies, was not the lack of ethnicity at their rally but their strong desire to showcase it. The High School I went to was about 90% white, yet we were never accused of racism, maybe because we didn’t trot our minority students out to showcase them like prize pigs at a fair. Rush Limbaugh famously asked the day after election why the Republican Party doesn’t “get credit” for Condoleezza Rice and other prominent black republicans. Precisely missing the point the electorate had sent him.

All of this being said however we must follow the tides, and as a friend of mine pointed out last weekend, short of building a moon colony or changing the moon’s mass, they are pretty predictable. If the republicans want to receive minority votes, they need to actually appeal to minority voters. The Southern Strategy, hatched by Reagan and brought to blossom by Nixon, has failed. In this day and age you need at least 40% of the Latino vote to win an election. Something that is hard to do when your appeal to the Latino community is a double wide electric fence, and a banning of programs that teach their culture and heritage.

All of this being said, the Republican’s convincing shot across the bow is, “What if we appeal to you on a strictly visual level?” So they trot out Marco Rubio, and his not-ready-for-primetime debacle to appeal to a growing demographic. They claim they are now for comprehensive immigration reform, that they have always been for some form of Amnesty, and have always loved tacos.  Yet how well do they think their outreach is going? Here is an article from yesterday, on the shifting demographics.It seems the Republicans aren’t too excited about the shift in Texas’ population. Perhaps if they weren’t busy counting the minorities who do or do not attend their rallies they could actually come up with a platform that appeals to them on more than just a base level. Then again, my faith in the electorate being what it is, perhaps running Marco Rubio on a ticket in 2016 will actually be enough.

Mytheos Holt is a Tit, or Do The Blaze Readers Grasp Irony?

This is what you get when Glenn Beck orders the staff of the blaze to write about things they don’t understand. 

You do not need to scroll further than Straw Man # 1, though 4 is my favorite, in which a Straw Man argument from the writer (Mytheos Holt) is used to refute a “Straw Man” the president “had” in his speech:

Straw Man #1:

“For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.”

The President’s line about muskets and militias is a rhetorical flourish more than an argument, but the first part of this line is an obvious straw man. No one in the current political climate is arguing for a complete dissolution of government power such that only the American people as a collective would be responsible for defending the country or performing any other task. Rather, the question is how much responsibility should be left to private citizens. Saying “private citizens cannot handle all responsibilities” is not the same as saying “private citizens cannot handle any responsibility at all.”

[I added the bold for emphasis, nothing else has been changed]

Two thoughts come to mind. 

1. Is The Blaze trying to be an ironic joke perpetrated on “The Fringe Right?” 
2. And if not, how low are Wesleyan’s, the writer’s Alma mater, standards?  

Campaign Finance Reform, Or #WTF?!

Democrats, Republicans, and their friends have accepted $3 billion in campaign contribution for the presidential election, or roughly half of the 2011 National Science Foundation’s budget. 

RNC Political Director Rick Wiley, no pun intended, slithered to the top of the DC fecal pile to tweet -Sidenote: thank you twitter for making the political process even more Shakespearean- the following “taunt” 

.@messina2012, check this out bro, we raised north of $100 million in June. I’m assuming u & Axe will need beers 2night bro  

The standing record for money raised in a month belongs to Barack Obama for September 2008 when he raised $150 million. 

My eyes are bleeding, but as this is a preexisting condition I get every 2-4 years I am glad I can get covered before the next election. 

For roughly 6 times the federal budget of PBS and NPR. 

we get this: 

… and it works! I’m not surprised. After all we are the same country that has Glenn Beck Selling us food insurance: