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Volcana
Jun 9th, 2004, 10:20 PM
The following appeared in Josh Marshall's http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com

"In the last 30 years the Republican Party has increasingly relied on the support of constituencies that feel embittered and resentful toward minorities and the poor. The party's mounting strength in the 1970s and 1980s was based on making inroads among conservative southern whites and appealing to the resentments that Democratic northern, working-class ethnic voters felt against school busing and affirmative action. Thus, the GOP's problem with minorities isn't incidental; it's fundamental. Any genuine effort to aid minorities or the poor would instantly alienate a substantial portion of the Republican base. It's an electoral bind, inexorable and fixed. The Republicans can't be the party of both black opportunity and anti-black resentment, no matter how big the tent. The Democrats tried it; it didn't work."

That is an accurate description of which groups have constitued the increased based of the USA's Republican Party. "conservative southern whites" and (previously) "Democratic northern, working-class ethnic voters".

However, is it true that a large percentage of Republican voters harbor anti-Black resentment?

You can read a lot more of his arguement at his website.

I'm out of town, so it may be 36 to 48 hours before I post in this thread again.

Black Mamba.
Jun 9th, 2004, 10:48 PM
Most African Americans don't vote Republican for that reason. As the article says you can't have it both ways something President Bush tried to do with the Affirmative Action situation. First he says college admissions should be based off of merit and Affirmative Action is illegal, but when the Supreme Court ruled he came out and said it was a win for diversity. You can't have it both ways.

*JR*
Jun 9th, 2004, 11:43 PM
After the "targeted disenfranchisement" of black voters in Jeb Bush's Florida last time with those fucked up lists of supposedly just ex-convicts, I think dubya will make very few inroads with blacks this year. I presume he'll look to "peel off" Hispanics beyond Florida's Conservative Cuban exile families, though.

decemberlove
Jun 9th, 2004, 11:55 PM
After the "targeted disenfranchisement" of black voters in Jeb Bush's Florida last time with those fucked up lists of supposedly just ex-convicts, I think dubya will make very few inroads with blacks this year. I presume he'll look to "peel off" Hispanics beyond Florida's Conservative Cuban exile families, though.
of course . thats why he tightened the restrictions on the cuban embargo . althou i dont see how only allowing one visit per three years will help his case any

lizchris
Jun 10th, 2004, 12:36 AM
That is the reason why I will never vote for a Republican for president because they appeal to the fears of these constituents of blacks to get out the vote.

DemWilliamsGulls
Jun 10th, 2004, 05:18 AM
That is the reason why I will never vote for a Republican for president because they appeal to the fears of these constituents of blacks to get out the vote.

And me either..I'm African American and I've always voted Democrat and always will.

Helen Lawson
Jun 10th, 2004, 02:04 PM
On Broadway and in Hollywood, almost everyone is a Democrat. That goes for Black people and white people alike. It also goes for Buddhists like Richard Gere. I do not know what Scientologists are, though.