January 25, 2005


Republicans and the future (Ken Mehlman, 1/24/05, Washington Times)

T.S. Eliot once wrote that politics is too important to be left only to politicians. Last year, 1.4 million Americans from all 50 states resoundingly agreed and volunteered their time on behalf of President Bush's re-election campaign. [...]

Delivering on the president's priorities and expanding our majority will not be easy, but we can do it by calling upon the grass-roots organization that propelled Republicans to victory in November.

The GOP must continue to stand for Grow Our Party. Good policy is good politics, and implementing the policies endorsed by the American people on Election Day gives Mr. Bush and Republicans in Congress an outstanding opportunity to continue to make red states redder and blue states purple.

Our party must take no vote for granted while remembering that there is no vote we can't obtain.

Bush, Black Leaders Try for Fresh Start (NEDRA PICKLER, 1/24/05, ASSOCIATED PRESS)
President Bush is opening the White House this week to black leaders including pastors and legislators, a second-term overture to a community that overwhelmingly opposed his re-election. [...]

"This is an opportunity for the president to talk about our priorities and the agenda," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. "It's also an opportunity for the president to listen to issues of interest to these leaders."

During last year's political campaigns, Republican officials said they were making a more concerted effort to reach out to blacks through religious leaders. Bush campaign aides cited issues such as school vouchers and the president's support of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage that could help him gain more support among blacks.

Bush's efforts to steer more federal dollars to social programs conducted by so-called faith-based groups also has been received favorably by church leaders.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 25, 2005 7:24 AM

Bush's did a ton of outreach and ran against a Dem who appeared to take that voting block for granted. Result? Bush's share of the african-american vote went from 9% to 11%. On policy positions alone the GOP should be getting 30% of the african-american vote if not more. The question is when (if) that will happen.

Posted by: AWW at January 25, 2005 8:54 AM

About 16% in Ohio.

Posted by: Sandy P at January 25, 2005 11:10 AM

Going from 9% to 11% is a 22% increase (Ohio's 16% is a 78% increase). You gotta start somewhere.

Posted by: Gideon at January 25, 2005 12:28 PM

The reality is that many, if not most, Black Americans have been so infantilized by generations of welfare and other programs as to be totally dependent on them. These people will always vote for the party that will insure they get the most goodies from the taxpayer. The Democrats will always win that auction. Giuliani's lack of success among Blacks, when contrasted with his success among other groups is instructive.

Black immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean do not share the same pathology and the GOP can and has made inroads in both communities.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 4:38 PM


Rudy defeated a black candidate, and presumably as a former prosecutor it was easy to make him a scary figure. Bush (and Reagan before him) didn't win lots of votes in the black community, but they didn't scare them the way Rudy did.

If the GOP puts Rice or Watts on the ticket in 2008, lots of interesting things will happen.

Robert Byrd will try to lynch her (him), sheet and all. Harry Belafonte will slander her (him). Chuck Schumer will deprecate her (him). Al Sharpton and his ilk will try to shame her (him). And the GOP will probably get 20% - 22% of the black vote.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 25, 2005 6:00 PM

Considering that the major beneficiaries of Rudy's 'broken windows' policing program were Black people, it would seem reasonable to assume that they would support him. That did not happen, so one must assume that felons and those who love them are a significant voting bloc among American Blacks. Rudy won the Jewish vote handily and won the Hispanic vote when he ran for re-election.

I don't think that Rice or the semi-literate Watts will impress anyone.

Posted by: Bart at January 25, 2005 10:11 PM