Pay Attention To What Republicans Do, Not What They Say

Filed in National by on November 28, 2012

Since losing the election, Republicans are trying to employ the “I have a black/brown friend with a vagina” strategy.  Every time I turn on the television or surf the net I’m bombarded with Republican politicians and pundits performing mea culpas over their past behavior.  But their words ring hollow when you look at their actions.

Take a look at this picture.

Ladies and gentlemen, may I present the new GOP House committee chairmen.  All white men.  Does this look like a political party acknowledging its demographic problem?  Of course not.  This is a political party that thinks it can get away with paying lip service while continuing operations as usual.

That picture says a million words – and not one of those words is diversity.

I’ve reached the conclusion that Republicans are completely clueless about what to do about their problem with women and minorities.  They simply don’t get it, mainly because they view these groups as monolithic.  They don’t see the differences in women and minorities.  To them, people within these groups are interchangeable.  The most glaring example of this is Sarah Palin.  When Hillary Clinton lost the primary to Barack Obama, Republicans had an Ah Ha moment – Put a woman on their ticket and capture the Hillary vote!  And to this day, I believe, they still don’t understand why that didn’t work.

So, prepare yourself for a lot of pandering to women and minorities, but if you feel yourself starting to believe it… pull out that picture of the new GOP House committee chairMEN.


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  1. Steve Newton says:

    I thought it was “I have a brown/black friend with a vagina that includes an automatic shut-down mechanism for cases of legitimate rape or incest”

  2. cassandra_m says:

    I listened to Ralph Reed for a while on Talk of the Nation this afternoon and he has thoroughly convinced himself that since the exit polls show that the social issues his group is concerned with didn’t rank very highly in what women voted for, that evangelicals and Republicans do not have to change their course At All. Reed was asked specifically about the abortion-crazy candidates who provided so much fodder for Democrats and Reed pretty much said that they needed more empathetic candidates, not candidates with different positions. So basically they need to go back to the drawing board with their stealth candidates who will appear moderate, but vote like wingnuts. Not that this hasn’t worked for them before, but one of the things that their abortion-crazy candidates did was to make it very clear that these folks did not have an agenda that matched up with what most folks voted for — jobs.