A reader asks:
I’m a Republican. I just returned from the Texas State Convention. I’m active in my local Republican Club and get-out-the-vote efforts.
I’m troubled by a few things. Everyone I talk to thinks we should be putting our resources into minority outreach, despite the lack of results from such efforts in the last fifty years.
Our local leaders talk as if we need to make better arguments to blacks, for example. But blacks already know about the GOP stand on marriage, on school choice, etc. Blacks still vote 90% Democrat. In our local elections, it’s basically 100%.
Our leadership talks as if all we have to do is make better arguments. But we’ve already made the arguments, done the outreach, and we’ve never gotten any votes for it. I keep encountering people who act like these outreach policies are new, original ideas. It’s like the GOP had no institutional memory whatsoever.
The RNC is now giving commissions to the county organizations for setting up minority precincts with minority precinct captains. Same for minority clubs. But the county only gets the money if the captains and clubs are headed by minority persons. It’s basically affirmative action.
I’m all for minority outreach, but we’re not winning elections in the short or long-term with that strategy.
You’ve been at this longer than I. Is it worth it to wrangle with the GOP leadership? Or is the GOP going off the cliff wearing a blindfold, no mater what its members do?
(Kindly use only my first name, if you publish this email.)