GOP MIA….

One Republican presidential candidate accepted the NAACP’s invitation to the GOP candidate’s forum yesterday.

One.

The NAACP invited all 9 Republican candidates to the forum, but only one showed up: Tom Tancredo. All the Democratic Presidential hopefuls showed up for their forum.

The excuses given by the Republican campaigns mostly had to do with scheduling conflicts–just too busy to make it.

The resulting photo of Tancredo–standing on a stage of empty podiums–sums up the Republican party’s commitment to civil rights in America: the only Republican interested is the guy running to deny immigrant workers their rights.

One has to wonder why this photo was not the lead on every morning show and on the front pages of every morning newspaper in America.

That would be one question. Another would be why does anyone with a brain vote Republican.

Story here. (H/T to Crooks & Liars.)

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19 responses to “GOP MIA….

  1. Saw this at Feministe. Hi-lar-i-ous. Of course, as I said over there to a POS troll who basically said “well DUH, blacks are hostile to the GOP”, why the hell should the GOP ever be given a pass by people against which they have acted (or inacted) so maliciously for so long? There’s no reason not to show up unless the GOP doesn’t want to confront tough questions to which they might have to end up apologizing, heaven forfend. Pricks.

  2. Funny thing is that out of all the Republicans, Tancredo would have been the last one I would have expected to show. I’d have figured Huckabee would be there, what with his background as a preacher and as the not completely despised governor of a southern state.

  3. the not completely despised governor of a southern state.

    That he isn’t completely despised isn’t because of his devotion to the fight against racism, let me tell you.

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  5. Oh, I know. I was unfortunate enough to live in Arkansas for four years in grad school under his tender mercies. But Tancredo? The guy’s practically a member of the Aryan nation.

  6. I was unfortunate enough to live in Arkansas for four years in grad school under his tender mercies.

    Yeah, I was born in Arkansas and lived there until I left for college in 2001. *shudder*

    And no question on Tancredo, except he might have thought he could score some votes just by appearing, which says a lot about the man.

  7. cfrost

    Republicans insist that racism is ancient history and that the playing field is now level, yet somehow understand that black voters have no use for them. I’m sure they have no idea why. They probably ascribe it to those damn darkies just being naturally peevish and ingratefull.

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  9. Simply put, they didn’t go because it would offend their base.

    –WKW

  10. That would be one question. Another would be why does anyone with a brain vote Republican.

    I believe you have answered your own question, perhaps unwittingly, but even so. No one with a BRAIN does.

  11. Winchell

    the only Republican interested is the guy running to deny immigrant workers their rights.

    Yeah, that’s not a totally slanted and one-sided slam…and completely false.

  12. Yeah, that’s not a totally slanted and one-sided slam…and completely false

    Comeon, tell us all about how he supports immigrants rights. But, you know, with the odd checkable fact thrown in just for the sport. The guys a full blown fucking fascist and if you can’t see it then it’s too fucking late for the optometrist

  13. RW

    When Tancredo successfully positions himself as the least racist candidate in your party, you have problems

  14. Brynn

    Simply put, they didn’t go because it would offend their base.

    Yep, and not going wouldn’t hurt them because no voter even remotely affiliated with the NAACP would ever vote Republican.

    But how does someone like Condi rationalize it, do you think?

  15. “why does anyone with a brain vote Republican.”

    wonder what they have up there instead — foam packing peanuts? stale cheese doodles? back issues of Penthouse…for the trenchant articles of course.

  16. oddjob

    What’s amazing to me is that they’re so relentless about it. If you have half a brain it’s not difficult to read the polls and see that this behavior causes immediate and very powerful long term damage to this party. Surely someone of consequence in that party besides Rove & Mehlman has noticed this???

  17. The question for them, oddjob, has to be whether they’d lose more than they’d gain, and the answer, for now at least, is yes–if they actively court black voters, they won’t pull many at first, and they will lose a significant percentage (maybe 10-15%) of their constituency in the process. Since blacks are a relatively static percentage of the population, Republicans may feel they’re better off just accepting their losses there and focusing on voter suppression, which they’re quite effective with.

    But the Hispanic population, they’re caught between a growing population and a xenophobic base, and right now, the base is winning. Sucks for them, good for us.

  18. Elusis

    Tancredo is demonstrating his mastery of “divide and conquer” – appeal to one marginalized group to rally them in your fight against another, by trying to convince them that they are more threatened by the other group than they are by your dominant power structure.

    The same technique has been used for years to try and convince the African-American community, particularly black churches, that t3h gayzz are t3h threatz0rz. The name of the “documentary” is escaping me, but there is an infamous film that was produced in the 90s specifically for showing at black churches with clips of the most egregiously sexualized behavior at Gay Pride parades. This was meant to demonstrate that gay people are scary, over-sexualized white folk who are gross and embarassing, not another group deserving of civil rights.

    I have no doubt that Tancredo tried to make some connection between black poverty and immigrant labor.

  19. Jovan1984

    I’m glad that you all on Pandagon and here on Shakesville are focusing on the empty chairs and the absence of all but one of the GOP leaders. Hopefully, the American people will know how racist the GOP is and kick them all out of office.

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