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The GOP's problem with non-white voters, in one awesome picture

Posted by on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM
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by Pepperlynn on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Thursday afternoon, CPAC hosted a panel on GOP outreach into minority communities. The panel included Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie and a panel of Republican political strategists: Jason Roe, Elroy Sailor, and Robert Woodson. The panel delivered a remarkably pointed review of GOP voter outreach (largely its failures) and explained, in very straightforward terms, how the party can (and must) do better. However, the most revealing part of the experience was not what happened on stage, but what happened off stage, and reflects the national electoral struggles Republicans are facing.

 

 

About ten minutes into the panel, I snapped a photo (shown above) of a largely empty ballroom. The lack of attendance for the panel is a huge loss and missed opportunity for participants. CPAC brings together some of the Republican Party’s most passionate, engaged, and eager members. The people who attend the meetings run campaigns, volunteer for issue-based efforts and candidates’ campaigns. They are leadership in an army of grassroots conservatism. The panel of Gillespie, Roe, Sailor and Woodson was there to address a basic question: how do we grow our ranks in areas where we traditionally underperform?

The advice was solid. Woodson explained that one problem is that “we don’t have a ground game” particularly in minority neighborhoods. Sailor eloquently noted a key to Republican success: “We don’t have to abandon our existing friends to make new ones.” The message was simple. Republicans don’t necessarily have to change their values. They have to change how they talk about the issues and who they talk to. That takeaway is not a tall order, but something doable, something digestible. And, most notably, there are people in the party who know how to do it.

Yet, for some time, the message didn't just fall on deaf ears—there were few sets of ears in the room. Suddenly, that changed. In fact, as I tweeted the above photo, I had a response from someone who snapped a picture of a much fuller room. That picture was accurate and so was mine. That picture showed a nearly full ballroom, while my picture showed an empty one. So what was the difference?

The difference was that the diversity panel ran over its time. People began filling in—in droves. Why the change of heart? The diversity panel ran late and into the time slot for NRA executive Wayne LaPierre to address CPAC in the same room. LaPierre went on to give a rousing speech that generated some of the loudest enthusiasm of the day from the crowd. Yet, therein lies the problem. Speaking to gun rights supporters is not the path to Republican success at the national level. Most ardent supporters of the 2nd Amendment find Democrats to be a threat and reliably vote Republican. Wayne LaPierre doesn’t change minds. He doesn’t necessarily grow the party, as people have very polarized views about him and the topic for which he very successfully and eloquently advocates.

The GOP grassroots and activist groups are perfectly right to cheer the words of LaPierre. But they should be cheering the words of Ed Gillespie and Elroy Sailor even louder. The diversity panel is the path to the party being successful and making inroads into traditionally Democratic groups. If the GOP wants to see the Democratic Party struggle to elect a president, they should win 20% of the African American Vote or 50% of the Latino vote. Adding the votes of a few more gun rights supporters won’t make the difference in 2016 and 2020 and beyond.

If the attendance pictured above reflects the party’s future approach to diversity outreach, it is probably safe to say that for some the given future, the White House will be a solid hue of deep blue.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/06-cpac-2014-minority-outreach-panel-hudak

rocketracer
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:42 AM
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...there are a lot of govt programs, but there isn't govt program to de-program the brainwashed masses...besides, the GOP isn't in the habit of sending vans/buses to pick up people to fill a venue...
Donna6503
by Bronze Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:44 AM
I've been saying this for years.
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numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Mar. 7, 2014 at 8:50 AM

10mins before because he said so?

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 9:28 AM
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On the OP, there is a screen shot of the twitter with a timestamp - 3/6 at 2.09pm.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/06-cpac-2014-minority-outreach-panel-hudak

Here is the schedule of events.  This event is called, "Reaching out:  The Rest Of The Story" and is to begin at 1.41pm in the Potomac Ballroom.  The next event in that ballroom is the scheduled for 2.30pm, Remarks by Wayne LaPierre:

http://www.cpac.org/schedule-events

So no matter which way you slice it, at 2.09 pm only a few people were present at what should be a pretty darned important panel discussion.  Maybe next time they should bring guns and Nascar drivers in.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

10mins before because he said so?


BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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  The GOP has thenselves to blame for this.  For decades tehy made no attempt to reach out at all.  Now they need the votes but on the other hand are seen as anti minority anti-woman.   And they wonder why they lose elections.

numbr1wmn
by Nikki on Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:04 AM

 Thanks, I couldn't see the pic. I am using the words. 

However, It doesn't surprise me.  Unfortunatly, the dems keep people down and they stand on that platform. Sad really.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

On the OP, there is a screen shot of the twitter with a timestamp - 3/6 at 2.09pm.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/06-cpac-2014-minority-outreach-panel-hudak

Here is the schedule of events.  This event is called, "Reaching out:  The Rest Of The Story" and is to begin at 1.41pm in the Potomac Ballroom.  The next event in that ballroom is the scheduled for 2.30pm, Remarks by Wayne LaPierre:

http://www.cpac.org/schedule-events

So no matter which way you slice it, at 2.09 pm only a few people were present at what should be a pretty darned important panel discussion.  Maybe next time they should bring guns and Nascar drivers in.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

10mins before because he said so?

 

 

jaxTheMomm
by Gold Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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Sorry, that makes no sense.  I realize you were trying to twist it around, but that's a silly response.

The GOP had a panel about how  they can attract a more diverse electorate, and nobody came.  Thishas nothing to do what democrats do or don't do.  Republicans don't seem to care that they are not a diverse group, and nobody came to a discussion about how to fix that.  Not good.

Doesn't that concern you?  It concerns me.  

We NEED a two party system.  If the Republican party is dying out of old age and unable to attract new members, what do we have??

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Thanks, I couldn't see the pic. I am using the words. 

However, It doesn't surprise me.  Unfortunatly, the dems keep people down and they stand on that platform. Sad really.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

On the OP, there is a screen shot of the twitter with a timestamp - 3/6 at 2.09pm.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/06-cpac-2014-minority-outreach-panel-hudak

Here is the schedule of events.  This event is called, "Reaching out:  The Rest Of The Story" and is to begin at 1.41pm in the Potomac Ballroom.  The next event in that ballroom is the scheduled for 2.30pm, Remarks by Wayne LaPierre:

http://www.cpac.org/schedule-events

So no matter which way you slice it, at 2.09 pm only a few people were present at what should be a pretty darned important panel discussion.  Maybe next time they should bring guns and Nascar drivers in.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

10mins before because he said so?




sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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 by people you mean black people?

Please provide evidence of this lie

Quoting numbr1wmn:

 Thanks, I couldn't see the pic. I am using the words. 

However, It doesn't surprise me.  Unfortunatly, the dems keep people down and they stand on that platform. Sad really.

Quoting jaxTheMomm:

On the OP, there is a screen shot of the twitter with a timestamp - 3/6 at 2.09pm.

http://www.brookings.edu/blogs/fixgov/posts/2014/03/06-cpac-2014-minority-outreach-panel-hudak

Here is the schedule of events.  This event is called, "Reaching out:  The Rest Of The Story" and is to begin at 1.41pm in the Potomac Ballroom.  The next event in that ballroom is the scheduled for 2.30pm, Remarks by Wayne LaPierre:

http://www.cpac.org/schedule-events

So no matter which way you slice it, at 2.09 pm only a few people were present at what should be a pretty darned important panel discussion.  Maybe next time they should bring guns and Nascar drivers in.

Quoting numbr1wmn:

10mins before because he said so?

 

 

 

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Mar. 7, 2014 at 10:34 AM

BUMP!

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