Who Dropped the Ball On This?!?!

From John Hawkins at Right Wing News ...

I was talking to a very credible Capitol Hill source (who wishes to remain anonymous) today and that person told me a story that just blew my mind. Well actually, it should have blown my mind, but unfortunately, it is the sort of laziness and terrible messaging that we have too often seen from the Republican Party of late.

He told me the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce's 19th Annual Legislative Conference will be taking place next week in DC.

Here's the kicker: supposedly, the Democrats have 20 senators scheduled to attend various events and receptions. The Republicans? Are you ready for this? They have no senators currently scheduled to attend. Zero. Nada. Zilch.

As a Republican and an ethnic minority, I've said before that I really hate the paradigm of the "hyphenated American" and I hate talking about race and politics in such limiting terms. I truly think that what we see as ethnic minority voting blocs do not want to be treated as blocs. We can reach out to ethnic minorities, in large groups or individually, not by talking about their identity, but by talking about the importance of freedom and opportunity. Most importantly, ethnic minority outreach means "reaching out" to them where they are, not inviting them to where we are. But it doesn't mean pandering to them based on rhetoric tied to their identity.

But we still have to embrace the reality that communities are formed around common identities while also coming up with an agenda that can reach out to all communities. Apparently, GOPers on the Hill can't even get step number one done: showing up!

A message to GOP candidates and campaigns at the state and local level: follow the lead of 27-year-old Congressman Aaron Schock (R-IL) who in each of his races was not afraid to go into "urban areas" not only to campaign, but to listen to people's concerns and have a dialogue with voters. Visit the African-American church and knock on the door of an African-American family in your town. Attend a Hispanic community meeting and visit an Hispanic-owned small business in your district. Go to Asian-American potlucks and attend PTA meetings where Asian-, African-, Hispanic-Americans, etc. gather to talk about their children's education.

Don't preach. Don't lecture. Don't get impatient. Listen. Converse. Engage. Be willing to learn from their perspective, both as an American citizen and as a member of their community. And, please, just show up!

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 i think you have to realize

 i think you have to realize that the Republican party is essentially an "ethnic" party.  It's focus on tradition, faith and family comes from a particular place, namely Southern, Christian and "White".  These form its core identity. Which is not to say that other groups are not under the tent but they do not have the ability to affect the cultural center on the party's base identity.

 

Good info!If we want to

Good info!If we want to listen to people's concerns and have a dialogue with voters. Visit the African-American church and knock on the door of an African-American family in your town. Attend a Hispanic community meeting and visit an Hispanic-owned small business in your district. Go to Asian-American potlucks and attend PTA meetings.

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We need to listen

 

Some Republicans do need to show up and listen and talk with this group. Yes, we are a party of values  and family. But, we need to engage with these groups. We need to listen to them and see what they have to say. We don’t have to agree but it would be nice to know what they think. Besides, this particular group is highly religious which suit Republicans. Why is the GOP there?  http://franklinslocke.blogspot.com/

 

"Yes, we are a party of

"Yes, we are a party of values and family. But, we need to engage with these groups."  You seem to imply 'these groups'  have neither values or family.  That would come as a surprise to them.  They might be more willing to engage with you if you don't start from that mindset.

What a good point.

What a good point, acinphx.

Why attend a liberal event just for Hispanics

What would anyone who claims to be a conservative want to attend an exclusionary, ethnic based event that is filled with people who are never going to vote for Republicans.  Hispanic like free government stuff, big government, and taxing white people.

Attending such a event lead to race based pandering or mistakes when the Republican says something that "offends" the government approved minority.

 

STFU

 Really.  Just do it. 

Too busy

Republicans are too busy pandering to religious groups to pander to racial groups. That or Steele's 'hip hop' strategy isn't working for hispanics.

Liberal event?

It's a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event.  You know, with Hispanic business people.  If it's liberal, Republicans have bigger problems than we think.  Odds are that it's not.  Odds are that most members are conservatives that vote Democratic for two reasons:

1. They always have. 

2. Democrats ask for their vote.

The GOP should be there in force.  Every Senator and Governor from Florida or a border state, every congressman or State Legislator with more than 10 or 15% Hispanics in his or her district.  And anyone else that cares.

Calling Mr. Steele...oh that's right, he's too busy

to listen or do what needs to be done for our party.

 

Jesus. How damned embarrassing...

Steele was supposed to be "Mr. Outreach", too. This is the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, for God's sake!

Someone needs to be horsewhipped. 

The Reps have a Hispanic senator

Mel Martinez of Florida.  That's besides the point though.   

Insert Obvious Action Here.

Unless I have to explain it. Which would make me very sad.

How many have contacted the GOP about this?

Put up or shut up.  How many people have actually contact the GOP about this?  It's a valid point, and someone needs to make it directly to Steele.

Office of the Chairman Phone: 202-863-8700 Fax: 202-863-8820 Email: Chairman@gop.com

Consider the case of Republican Rich Stanek

Stanek had the deck stacked against him. He ran for Sheriff in Hennepin Couty, home to urban Minneapolis & the suburban congressional district that elected our first Muslim. 2006 was the height of the American public's dissatisfaction with the Iraq War. His opponent was a prominent Hispanic who had the support of the effective '06 Democratic machine. It gets worse:

www.hiiraan.com/news2/2006/oct/one_republican_quietly_stumps_somali_community.aspx

Yet Stanek was endorsed by just about every local special interest group & newspaper. His campaign outraised his opponent in & he won by a 2-1 margin.

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You know, with Hispanic business people. If it's liberal, Republicans have bigger problems than we think.
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Hispanic like free government

Hispanic like free government stuff, big government, and taxing single men. Yes, we are a party of values and family. But, we need to engage with these groups.