A senior GOP lawmaker said restoring the Voting Rights Act is his top legislative priority for the rest of the year while other Republicans talked about ways to reach out to minority voters at a GOP luncheon commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.
Black activists at the 2013 Netroots Nation conference blasted organizers and participants for what they described as a shocking “lack of diversity” at the progressive community’s flagship get-together.
Winning the Hispanic vote is not as important for the GOP as the media is making it seem, Byron York writes in a Washington Examiner column published Thursday.
The RNC invested three months and $10 million after the 2012 election to talk to more than 35,000 people in order to find out how the Republican Party can better relate to minorities.
But the GOP could have saved themselves all that cash by just spending 5 minutes with Atlanta rapper Killer Mike. In an interview with Hip Hop DX, Killer raises a critical point about the African-American community’s relationship with Obama and the Democratic Party at large:
Senator Rand Paul’s decision to give a speech at Howard University in an effort to preach the gospel of libertarianism to an audience that should be receptive provides us an object lesson in a very real problem for Republicans: They simply can’t win when it comes to reaching out to minority voters.
Consider this report in the Huffington Post:
Paul asked the university for the opportunity to speak, leading some to conclude he is using the traditionally black college to make himself, and the GOP, look more friendly to minorities without putting in any real effort.
In January, pretty much all of respectable Washington had a sense of where President Barack Obama’s second term was headed. His approval ratings were sky high. His liberalism was pure and untroubled by thoughts of post-partisanship. His second-term agenda of immigration reform, gun control, climate change, and tax reform was clear. He would roll over the opposition. The dawn of a liberal age—a permanent majority, perhaps—was at hand. Stinking Republicans? Obama didn’t need them.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor unveiled a softer GOP domestic policy agenda for the next two years during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute Tuesday afternoon.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s name surfaced repeatedly over the course of the weekend’s National Review Institute Summit in Washington D.C., so it was only appropriate that the governor himself gave the final address on Sunday afternoon.
Republicans (and I) thought the 2008 election was a fluke. We thought the Obama coalition of minorities, young people, and white liberals had been brought together under unusual circumstances: the unpopularity of the Bush presidency, the war in Iraq, and the recession and financial crisis. The 2010 midterms, in which the Obama coalition did not appear and Republicans had their best performance in decades, supported this assumption. A combination of GOP enthusiasm and a lackluster economy would spell trouble for Obama’s reelection. Obama would not be able to replicate his 2008 performance. His voters would not show up. We were wrong.