As I waited at the polling booth last Tuesday to vote, I thought about who would run this country if the GOP took back both houses of Congress. In all likelihood it would be the neoconservatives with their usual GOP allies who would be climbing back into the NASCAR of state. In an interview with movement conservatives, Midge Decter look-alike Mona Charen observed that Kentucky senatorial candidate Rand Paul has been maturing, thanks to the proper instruction.
Rand supports the correct positions on Middle Eastern military intervention, a fact that Charles Krauthammer has noted more than once on FOX when distinguishing the 47-year-old son from his less interventionist “wacky” dad. Rand has also turned from his earlier opposition to Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act to embrace the entire law emotionally. Until a few months ago, as illustrated by his few bumbling phrases on The Rachel Maddow Show, the young Paul objected to how the act placed commercial transactions under the purview of federal agencies combating “discrimination.” Before receiving instruction, Rand said he believed that people should be free to serve customers and do business with whomever they please. Thanks to opportune neoconservative advice, he has been set straight on this matter as well as on foreign policy.
The New York Post has issued warnings to Republicans who persist in their extremeness. It waged a nonstop campaign to derail GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino, who had the effrontery to complain to Hasidic rabbis about the gay “brainwashing” of youngsters in public schools. The Post not only helped bury the hapless Paladino beneath the weight of backstreet rumors, they backed his socially leftist Democratic rival Andrew Cuomo for the governorship. Cuomo had the progressive taste to bring his two young daughters with him to march in a gay pride parade in the company of gyrating unclothed gay bodies.
Recently the Post found another Republican extremist to discredit: Nevada’s Sharron Angle. Post feature editor Charles Hurt wrote that Angle, who dared to propose dismantling the Department of Education, has an “uncontrollably smiling mouth that always seems poised to spew crazy juice all over the place.” Hurt treated this “crazy” extremist quite differently from the nice Republicans his paper favors such as Giuliani and McCain. Unlike Angle, these moderates have not challenged the “Democratic welfare state,” and they stand up for democracy in the Middle East.
Equally good advice is on tap from Christian Zionist neocon Cal Thomas, who explained in his syndicated column that reversing Obama isn’t enough. In addition to performing well on Election Day, Republicans must turn over a new leaf:
They can do this by going after the Democratic base, starting with the African Americans. Republicans should introduce themselves to African Americans, listen to them explain their hopes and aspirations and then helping them achieve those hopes and dreams by employing Republican principles.
Passing over oxymoronic “Republican principles,” which may denote saying anything to win Democrats without sacrificing one’s donor base entirely, we come to the heart of the matter. The GOP hasn’t done enough to earn minority votes, just as the party must strive harder to win American Jewish votes. After all, we don’t want generic white goyim monopolizing the GOP rank and file, and I’m sure that shame-ridden WASPs who vote Republican feel spiritually cleansed every time their leaders reach out to some designated minority.
Whether this outreach is an uplifting exercise in inclusiveness or a desperate strategy, it has proved patently counterproductive. Since the 1960s the GOP has overwhelmingly supported every civil rights bill that has been introduced in Congress. Richard Nixon gave this country affirmative action and set-asides for blacks, and in 1991 President George H. W. Bush and his Republican friends in Congress supported a civil rights bill which re-institutionalized racial quotas in hiring and education. In 2003 Bush, Jr., who prominently displayed blacks in his cabinet, went to Africa and apologized on behalf of white America for slavery’s sins. Bush’s penance was performed before a West African ruler from whom no contrition was expected for African tribes’ role in capturing and selling black slaves.
Republicans have not only “introduced” themselves to blacks. They have sought their favor for decades and even rendered themselves obnoxious in the process. The result is a continuing loss of black votes to the Democrats and a Republican share that has gone from about 32% in 1960 to about 10% now. Has it ever dawned on the GOP establishment or their neocon gatekeepers that blacks just don’t want to vote Republican? However painfully the GOP and the RNC’s black chairman bow and scrape, black voters and their leaders think they can use the Dems more effectively.
Democrats can outbid the Republicans in redistributing money to black constituents and to black elites who live off tax money and government jobs. Have the Republicans ever bestowed on blacks anything equivalent to the Department of Education, which President Carter gave as a gift not only to the NEA but also to hundreds of black bureaucrats and black secretaries? And what has been the GOP equivalent of Obamacare, which redistributed money from middle- and upper-class whites and Asians to the black underclass? Yes, Medicaid already existed for the indigent, but now there will also be medical insurance for those who are not going to pay for it. Republican groveling and WASP symbolism cannot replace those gifts that only the Dems are prepared to offer black voters.
Since Thomas is so eager for his party to “introduce” itself, perhaps he should tell it to be nice to Arab Americans. This group used to vote overwhelmingly for the GOP, but now they complain that Republican politicians and neocon journalists have not been evenhanded in Middle Eastern politics. What would Thomas think about this form of outreach? One needn’t ask! More than once he has urged the Israeli government to expel its Palestinian population.
I am not taking sides against the Israelis, who have a tough row to hoe. I am only noting the repulsive double standard our official conservative journalists display when deciding the groups to whom Republicans should “reach out.”
P.S.: On Tuesday I voted for, among other candidates, a liberal Democratic pro-gay congressional candidate against a pro-war Republican who expressed interest in providing reparations for blacks. The Democrat, who lost overwhelmingly, is a longtime family friend who does not watch FOX.