Michael Crawford

GOP to Undergo "Hip Hop" Makeover to Appeal to Blacks and Latinos

Filed By Michael Crawford | February 19, 2009 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: GOP, Michael Steele

Are the Republicans now taking lessons in ebonics? That's the question that popped to mind as I read RNC Chairman Michael Steele promising a "off the hook" makeover of the GOP to appeal to young Black and Latino voters.

We need messengers to really capture that region - young, Hispanic, black, a cross section ... We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-surburban hip-hop settings.

With the hostility of congressional Republicans towards President Obama's economic recovery package and and likely future legislative attempts to undue the damage of the Bush years, the GOP is going to have to do a lot more to appeal to voters of color than throw around a few hip phrases and redo their logo.

Steele may be Black, but his attempts at keeping it real are ringing decidedly false. As one commenter on HuffPo put it "He makes John McCain look like Kayne West."

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Can you imagine what's next? I smell a Pander Bear!

The whole thing is INSULTING! First they pick Palin to pick up Clinton voters (because, you know, women always blindly vote for women). Then they pick Steele in an effort to pick up the votes of ALL minorities (because, you know, people of color blindly vote for people of color).
I'm a WHITE guy and this is insulting to me! These people are so out of touch it's ridiculous.

They will recruit Louis Farrakhan next and his million man marchers next. The will use President Obama's stand for gay rights against him to get the Nation of Islam going republican, if they aren't already. If the Detroit auto industry goes under, look out.

Why not just change the policies they advocate to be more appealing to the cross-section of society he describes?

I mean, they could have done that for women the last election cycle instead of picking a token for the VP slot....

This is beginning to look like a pattern.

Politics can really be a crazy game.