March 8, 2009


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Republicans go urban!

Posted by Indira Dammu

A few weeks ago, in an interview with the Washington Times, newly-minted RNC chairman Michael Steele discussed his plans for remaking the Republican Party’s image, particularly in order to appeal to the “youth” vote.

We need messengers to really capture that region – young, Hispanic, black, a cross section … We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-suburban hip-hop settings.”

Well, dear Sample Gates readers, I am proud to announce the unveiling of the first of (hopefully) many “urban-suburban hip-hop” videos by Steele. Who knew South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford could rap?!

Ok, while the video was clearly a joke, it makes a point that all Republicans should take note of- not all blacks are rap-listening gangstas. Like every minority group, they’re a fairly diverse group (shocker, I know!) and instead of superficial and offensive campaigns, perhaps Steele’s party can actually begin supporting policies that benefit young black people, instead of blaming them for all the miseries befalling them. Steele’s belief that recruiting some rap artists and planning “off the hook” pr campaigns (an actual quote) can miraculously erase the party’s pathetic record on civil rights just shows how out of touch he is with the black community (and reality).

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Posted by Jennifer Miller at 6:16 am on March 9, 2009

…speechless. Nice find.

I guess on a serious note (can I even muster one of those right now?), it’s EXTREMELY surprising to find something so over the top. That’s not a good or bad thing; just something that’s clearly stating that the GOP is making a “go hard or go home” explicit message here to try to counter black and minority vote going so overwhelmingly in favor for Democrats in 2010. Will it work? Something that immediately occurred to me is that I doubt this is quite “mainstream” enough to make it on to primetime television (though watch me be proven wrong). That being said, do enough minority communities click through esoteric youtube links on blogrolls enough to get immersed in this message? Secondly, is this a new one-up for the Republicans, or can this still be considered a counter to the “Obama Effect” of the Democrats? With our first black President in conjunction with the most diverse cabinet we’ve ever seen, the days of the GOP being pictured as a bunch of old white fat guys had to end, if they planned on having a shot with the NRSC in 2010 and beyond. So strictly from a strategic view, diversification of the party had to happen; they’re doing that now. Using “It’s Tricky” on a basketball court to soundtrack ideological platforms? Not sure about that, but I mean, it made my morning…

Posted by Chelsea at 5:37 pm on March 9, 2009

Hi Indira,

I would just like to respond to your statement “party’s pathetic record on civil rights.”

I would encourage you to look a bit deeper into the histories of the two parties and to see that our modern parties look remarkably different than previously. Check out this blog ( and while it is a blog and not the most reputable of sources, I encourage you to check out the links. Also, look at this one as well ( There is a wealth of history you are conveniently forgetting. And if you would like some face time with a liberal who will explain the history of the parties I would direct you to Prof. Marjorie Hershey.

P.S. That video is ridiculously hilarious. lol

Posted by Chelsea Kane at 12:12 am on March 10, 2009

was my comment deleted?

Posted by Grumpy Old Fart at 6:11 pm on March 22, 2009

You’re right that the Blacks are a diverse group, with many a variety of opinion and needs. Yet they vote Democrat 90%. Their voting habits do not match their diversity. As Chelsea points out, this is due to a terribly skewed view of history. While the Dems have done their best to make the Blacks dependent on the government, they are largely a socially conservative group. Socially, the Republicans are a closer match to the goals of the Blacks. Economically, The Dems have worked to keep the Blacks in the Ghetto and dependent on Government handouts, so they have a strong socialist trend. There is a failure in education in teaching the truth about socialism and the history of the Civil Rights Movement. When Blacks learn the truth, voting patterns will change dramatically.

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