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Here's the latest press release from the newly inclusive and freshly tolerate Republican Party, issued by RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his co-Chair Sharon Day:
  
“Today we mark the beginning of Black History Month, a time to recognize the tremendous influence of African Americans in our culture, our politics, and our economy,” said Chairman Priebus. “We celebrate the artists and inventors, politicians and leaders who have shaped not only the African American community but the entire nation.

“I am especially mindful of the impact of African Americans on the Republican Party–from grassroots activists to Congressmen, Senators, and Secretaries of State. From the very beginning of the party, our history has been intertwined with the history of the African American community. It was in 1854 in my home state of Wisconsin that the Republican Party was formed to fight for the abolitionist cause. Today, the party continues to stand proudly on the principles of individual freedom and equal opportunity for all, but as I said at our party’s recent meeting in Charlotte, Republicans must do a better job of sharing that message with all Americans and every community.”
  
Thank you, Party of Lincoln. It's a shame you left the building a long time ago, as Wikipedia nicely summarizes:
  
African Americans had traditionally supported the Republican Party because of the anti-slavery agenda of Abraham Lincoln and successors such as Ulysses Grant. But they began supporting Democrats following the ascent of the Franklin Roosevelt administration, the New Deal, the integration of the military and embrace of proposed civil rights legislation by President Harry Truman in 1947-48, and the postwar Civil Rights movement.
  
Since they're getting more and more desperate for votes, the rather unflattering history noted above doesn't lend itself well to the cause of attracting people back to their party, so a little sanitization is in order:
  
“Over the years, African Americans have strengthened our party.”
  
I sure hope they aren't referring to the strength of African-American support for the GOP, because the numbers tell a much different story:
African-Americans vote for Democrats
There's alot of blue on those bars in the chart above, and since we know Republicans aren't color-blind, cough, when it comes to reading charts, that is, they probably see a deficiency in their traditional level of appreciation for the African-American community. And... Sure enough:
  
“But we also recognize that today far too many in the African American community haven’t heard from us about how the Republican Party’s ideals are right for their families” said Co-Chair Day. “In the coming months and years, we’re going to change that perception and make sure every American hears and understands our principles–our dedication to expanding real opportunity in the job market, in education, and in health care.”
  
Maybe people have heard a little too much from the Republican Party. Not that Priebus or his friends could possibly have done anything to give themselves an image problem with minorities.

Wait... What about the dipshits responsible for the signs in this image? They're just a few “fringe” individuals, and surely can't be representative of the entire party, right?

Wrong.

As far as I'm concerned, they most certainly are. You won't find Democrats holding up garbage like that. And I certainly don't recall seeing Democrats tripping over themselves trying to convince large groups of voters they aren't the party they've proven themselves to be, time and again. Like Republicans are doing.

  
“As we honor black history this month, we also rededicate ourselves as a party to building better relationships in all communities–today and in the future.”
  
Awesome. Because I wanna join a Republican party that has to “rededicate” themselves instead of a Democratic Party that's been there all along.

Meanwhile, we'll all be looking forward to the actions — not just placating press releases — that are sure to convince people Republicans aren't completely full of shit.

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(My emphasis in quotes)

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)




    Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
    ~ Jerry Garcia

    by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:12:51 AM PST

  •  The Two "Black" Republican Senators (5+ / 0-)

    (first time in history we've had two BTW) were both appointed. I am not feeling great about my party here, but my gosh that press release is such a joke I don't even know where to start.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:32:11 AM PST

    •  Two appointed African-American senators (1+ / 0-)
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      I wonder if that will be enough to convince African-American voters to vote Republican nationwide? I think not.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 01:49:19 AM PST

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      •  Well Only One Of Those Senators Is Republican (2+ / 0-)
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        the other is Democratic.

        So without those two appointments there would'nt be a single African American male in the Senate.

        When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

        by webranding on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:11:40 AM PST

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        •  The Senate is tougher (0+ / 0-)

          Length of terms, number of senators. Still no excuse, but those are factors that contribute to a degree not present in the House.




          Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
          ~ Jerry Garcia

          by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:36:29 AM PST

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          •  Bench is good I think there is a very good chance (5+ / 0-)

            that NJ will elect a black Democratic Senator (Booker), and Donna Edwards will be a (if not the) front runner in Maryland when Mikulski who is getting up their in age (76) retires. Also I could see someone like Dan Seal challenging Mark Kirk in IL (even though I don't think he would be the front runner to get the nomination) and I think Kamal Harris would definitely have a shot in California when either Feinstein (age 79) or Boxer (age 72) steps down.

            -1.63/ -1.49 "Speaking truth to power" (with snark of course)!

            by dopper0189 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:03:19 AM PST

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      •  OH, hell no (7+ / 0-)

        See, what I don't get is why, given history, the GOP thinks African-American and Latino voters are stupid enough to swallow their bullshit.

        Oh, wait -- it's b/c their base believes their codswallop, right?

        So a bunch of old white guys believe your bullshit and you think everyone will?  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:12:49 AM PST

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  •  I love all the GOP blather... (6+ / 0-)

    about people of color just aren't receiving the message that Republican ideals and values are just right for them.

    Seriously I love it.

    If their strategy is same shit, different day with a bow around they're going to keep being marginalized.

    What would scare me is some serious introspection and the emergence of a moderate wing with enough clout to override the crazies.

    •  What worries me... (3+ / 0-)

      Is the GOP trying to make it appear they're engaging in that serious introspection and that a moderate wing appears to be emerging, which is what I think is really going on.

      All the benefits without the work or a genuine change-of-heart.

      They've done way too much damage to themselves to be able to get away with it Scot-free.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 02:45:57 AM PST

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  •  The Republicans in Lincoln's time were the (3+ / 0-)
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    progressive party. We would all be in opposite parties back then. Bringing up Lincoln is BS.

    We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.

    by PowWowPollock on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 03:50:29 AM PST

    •  I brought it up because that's what I took Priebus (1+ / 0-)
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      To be alluding to in his press release.

      I'm quite aware of the evolution of both parties.




      Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
      ~ Jerry Garcia

      by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 04:55:46 AM PST

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    •  Lincoln was a liberal (2+ / 0-)
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      Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.
      The above is a quote from Abraham Lincoln. If Lincoln was a Republican today, he would be dragged out of the RNC and thrown to the sidewalk. If I was transported to Lincoln's time, I would vote Republican. I would have voted for Teddy Roosevelt. But we don't live in their times.

      There is a significant section of the right that HATES Lincoln. Just do a Google search for t-shirts with a picture of Lincoln and the phrase "Sic Semper Tyrannis". (Sic Semper Tryannis is Latin for "Thus always to tyrants", and was what John Wilkes Booth said after he shot Lincoln.)

      “But we also recognize that today far too many in the African American community haven’t heard from us about how the Republican Party’s ideals are right for their families” said Co-Chair Day. “In the coming months and years, we’re going to change that perception and make sure every American hears and understands our principles–our dedication to expanding real opportunity in the job market, in education, and in health care.”
      Republicans don't need to talk to African-Americans. They need to listen. They need to change their policies. They need to stop the racism that spews out of the GOP. That African-Americans don't vote Republican isn't because they don't know any better, that's a profoundly arrogant assumption on the part of the GOP.

      Despite this fig leaf of a statement, we're going to hear a month of conservatives ranting and screaming against Black History Month. They scream "WHAT ABOUT WHITE HISTORY MONTH?" Well, we have White History Month. It's called January. And March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December. And February too.

      I hear from people who rant that Black History Month is about "bashing white people". They obviously haven't watched the documentaries, they've only heard what the right-wing media has told them.

      The wolfpack eats venison. The lone wolf eats mice.

      by A Citizen on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 09:22:08 AM PST

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      •  As a "repentant" white... (1+ / 0-)
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        Any white person who rails against Black History Month is a fucking idiot. No two ways about it.

        Oh, we have our "White History Month" or "Years" for that matter. It's just not the type of "History" these fools would like to remember. For all the fucking misery whites have caused others over the course of history, you'd think these idiots would STFU already and own their/our wretched past behavior, and give others the respect they deserve.

        Seriously, these people make me ashamed of my skin color. To try and make whites the victims in any sense whatsoever is beyond perverse.  




        Somebody has to do something, and it's just incredibly pathetic that it has to be us.
        ~ Jerry Garcia

        by DeadHead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 12:48:50 PM PST

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  •  Yeah, right, the TGOP can go to he** nt (1+ / 0-)
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  •  Thank you. It is just fakery. (3+ / 0-)
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    Like the "outreach" to Latinos that never really happens. They just continue to recycle the same Cuban Americans.

  •  the signs (4+ / 0-)

    Sure, it is "just individuals" holding up those signs. But they are allowed to stay, they are praised by passers by... in short, the message may not be officially produced but it is officially sanctioned.

    If you allow it at your rally, you own it.

    www.dailykos.com is America's Blog of Record

    by WI Deadhead on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:23:48 AM PST

  •  Look for Republicans this month to highlight (4+ / 0-)

    Southern Democrats before 1965.  Standard operating procedure.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:36:13 AM PST

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