The Chairman of the GOP, and current black American, told 200 black students Tuesday night they had no reason to vote for Republicans.

Brilliant.

“You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest — we haven’t done a very good job of really giving you one. True? True,” Republican National Chairman Michael Steele told 200 DePaul University students Tuesday night.

“We have lost sight of the historic, integral link between the party and African-Americans,” Steele said. “This party was co-founded by blacks, among them Frederick Douglass. The Republican Party had a hand in forming the NAACP, and yet we have mistreated that relationship. People don’t walk away from parties, Their parties walk away from them.

“For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton.”

I really don’t see the logic in this form of outreach. Usually, you might say something like:

  1. Black Americans should vote Republican because we know the economic policies of the Democratic party hurt your demographic especially hard. Consider the minimum wage. When it is raised, young black Americans face higher unemployment rates than other demographics.
  2. Black Americans should vote for Republicans because the policies of the Democrat party have destroyed the black family. Look at what Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society has done to the black family. It’s in ruins. It wasn’t Republicans that did that. It was Democrats.
  3. Black Americans should vote for Republicans not because of what Republicans will do for black Americans but because we stand for all Americans. We don’t differentiate between races or religions. We don’t believe in group or identity politics. To the Republican party, it’s about protecting the liberties of all Americans equally.

Those are three right off the top of my head. There are so many more that you would think he could have mentioned. Instead, we get, “You really don’t have a reason to, to be honest…”

I mean, it’s like he’s working for the other team. You can bring up that there has been a Southern Strategy, but at the same time you might consider mentioning that apologies have been issued and we don’t do that anymore. You might consider following that with the fact that if we are to be judged by what we did in the past, the Democrats helped found the KKK. The Democrats appointed KKK members to the Supreme Court.

It was the Democrats that stood in schoolhouse doors, refusing entry to black students. It was Democrats who set loose the dogs and turned on the hoses.

I am at a loss. I really am. It’s times like this that call for the rare “double face palm.”

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Hat Tip: Hot Air

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