May 20, 2008


McCain to Attend NAACP Convention (TIME, May. 20, 2008)

What a difference a nomination makes.

Now that he's wrapped up the Republican nomination for president, Sen. John McCain has decided to attend the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Cincinnati in July. A year ago when he was just one of a pack of GOP contenders, he turned down the civil rights group's invitation.

McCain disclosed his plans in an interview with the African-American publication Essence, which was released Tuesday. Asked how he might reach out to the black community, McCain replied that he would "go to places and venues that would allow me to continue a dialogue with the African-American community. I will go to the NAACP convention."

...they're so partisan that no Republican goes there for a dialogue, just to appeal to suburban white women by seeming nice.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 20, 2008 8:03 PM

McCain could go and tell them exactly that - you are too partisan and too reactionary, and it diminishes you. Call it an inverse Souljah moment.

Posted by: jim hamlen at May 20, 2008 10:29 PM

Well, there is really not that much which may be said to them. Certainly not the truth, which is that America has changed, and will change further. The politics of the past is fading with every new American who comes to our shores and the old racdial spoils system is to be no more.

Posted by: Lou Gots at May 21, 2008 2:51 AM

Doesn't help with his target group.

Posted by: oj at May 21, 2008 7:10 AM