We’re excited for two reasons: 1) Michael Steele finally spoke the truth about something, which is that there’s no reason for blacks to vote for someone on the Republican ticket, and 2) If they weren’t going to fire him before, the RNC certainly should now.
Check out what Steele told a bunch of DePaul University students Tuesday, which was reported via the Chicago Sun-Times:
Why should an African-American vote Republican?
“You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True,” Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night.
Steele — a former Maryland lieutenant governor and seminarian serving as the first African-American head of the Republican Party — offered a frank assessment of the American political system.
In two words: Holy shit! Steele just poked holes in the reason he was hired to be the RNC chairman. You know, he’s supposed to go out and help set the tone in elections and campaigns by working with state Republican chairs. And it seems as if he’s saying, “Hey, black people, of which I am one, there’s no reason to vote for the GOP because the GOP hates you.”
We know. There are people out there who think Steele was hired on his political merits. To quote someone at a recent Teabagger rally: “Hogwash.”
It gets better.
I have advised our state chairs: Don’t turn your nose up, or turn away those who are active in the Tea Party movement. Embrace them. Welcome them. Talk to them,” Steele said. “Those activists have now become a very large part of our voting bloc. They represent a third or more of the voting age population, so they’re going to have a profound impact on elections and in some cases in the primaries this November and this spring. Both parties had better pay attention.”
Yes. Except those activists hate black people.
We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,” Steele said. “This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don’t walk away from parties, their parties walk away from them.”
Fair enough. The Republican party definitely walked away from their African-American brothers (and sisters). On the GOP website, they love to tout their connection to blacks in American history. Too bad Michael Steele is the only prominent black in the party now, and we all know what an asset he is.
Of course, if they’re aiming for diversity, maybe Bobby Jindal (R-La.) will be the great brown hope the GOP has been praying for. Once he reaches puberty.