Friday, March 04, 2005

Going After the Black Vote

Mona Charen has an interesting column of the growing competition for the Black vote. Link.
Brazile is saying out loud what Democrats have been quietly worried about for many years now. As I point out in my new book, "Do-Gooders": "It is a plain fact of American political life today that Democrats are completely dependent on black votes. The day African-Americans stop casting 80 percent to 95 percent of their votes for Democrats is the day Democrats stop winning elections. ... In the year 2000, George W. Bush won 54 percent of the white vote and 31 percent of the Hispanic vote. But Al Gore won 90 percent of the black vote and thus topped Bush in the total popular vote." Democrats at the national level consistently win fewer than 50 percent of white votes.

The Democrats' answer to this lopsided equation has been to stoke racial animosity and distrust wherever possible. The more that African-Americans can be made to feel targeted, victimized and despised, the easier it is for Democrats to pose as their friends and champions. We have thus witnessed countless episodes over the past decade and a half when liberals have invented racist incidents.

Brazile herself contributed to this myth-making when she declared that the results of the 2000 election in Florida represented "a systematic disenfranchisement of people of color and poor people," adding that "in disproportionately black areas, people faced dogs, guns, and were required to have three forms of ID."

This is pure fiction. So were Democrats' claims that George W. Bush somehow condoned the dragging murder of James Byrd in Texas, or that Judge Charles Pickering was soft on the KKK, or that black churches in the South were targets of a racist arson conspiracy.

Democrats have been hoping to prevent Republicans from speaking to African-Americans by creating the equivalent of radio jamming. They've spewed so much falsehood and emotion into the air that they hope Republicans cannot be heard over the din.

But the new chairman of the Republican National Committee, Ken Mehlman, together with the ambitious President George Bush, are attempting to penetrate that barrier. By seeking out black ministers like Bishop Eddie Long and others, they are saying: "Give us a chance, and we'll give you a choice. A choice in education ... a choice to own a business, a choice to own a home."

It is not just for historical reasons that the party of Lincoln should appeal to African-Americans more than the party of Jim Crow. Polls have shown for many years that Blacks, while voting overwhelmingly for Democrats, agree overwhelmingly with the policy positions of the Republicans. Many so-called "civil rights leaders" or "Black spokesmen" are firmly in the pay of the Democratic Party, and that is where their primary loyalty lies. That is why past Republican attempts to appeal to these people have failed so miserably and why President Bush is correct to ignore them completely and concentrate his message on Black pastors, whose churches are often the only viable organization in inner city neighborhoods. The NAACP may tell Blacks that Republicans drag them to death behind pickup trucks, but if their pastors tell them the truth, that is who they will listen to.


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