While I think Zack overstates the case, going after the black vote simply isn't a winning strategy for the GOP.
Republicans gained among almost every major voting bloc except black voters. They gained by 8 percentage points nationally among Hispanics, though they still trail Democrats 36-22 percent nationally. Their biggest improvements among Hispanics came in Florida, where they now lead 32-30 percent, and in California and Texas, although they still trail the Democrats.
Republicans also improved their standing among both genders, all income groups, all education levels and among Roman Catholics, Protestants and Jews. Pew didn't poll Muslims because they are too small a percentage of the country to measure reliably, Kohut said.
If the Republican Party pandered to the black vote, it would no longer be the Republican Party in any meaningful sense. It's hard to appeal to somebody when you tell them, "You're not going to get preferential treatment in college admissions anymore.". It's far better to stick with the groups that are winnable. Despite all the talk about the critical black vote, the GOP can and has been winning without it.
Republicans gained everywhere. Among 15 swing states that often go either way in presidential votes, Republicans now lead in partisan identification in Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Tennessee, Florida and Wisconsin.
They gained but still trail in Arkansas, West Virginia, New Mexico, Louisiana, Missouri and Oregon. They are now tied with Democrats in Pennsylvania. They lost ground in two swing states, New Hampshire and Ohio.
What the GOP is doing is working.
When, however, Al Sharpton raises doubt over whether the Democratic party is the place for blacks, I wonder if the left can continue to take the black vote for granted.
Edited by Javert Rovinski, 06 November 2003 - 02:23 PM.
St. Louis must be destroyed!
Me: "I have a job and five credit cards and am looking into signing a two year lease. THAT MAKES ME OLD."
Josh: "I don't have a job, I have ONE credit card, I'm stuck in a lease and I'm 28! My mom's basement IS ONE BAD DECISION AWAY!"
~~ Josh, winning the argument.
"Congress . . . shall include every idiot, lunatic, insane person, and person non compos mentis[.]" ~1 U.S.C. § 1, selectively quoted for accuracy.