Maryland's Steele Is Another Step
6 prominent black Democrats in Prince George's County have officially endorsed Republican Michael Steele for the Senate against Democrat Ben Cardin. The issue is their feeling that Democrats have taken the black voters for granted.
Wayne Curry said:
"The [Democratic] Party acts as though when they want our opinion, they'll give it to us. It's not going to be like that anymore."
Samuel Dean said something George Bush, Karl Rove and other Republicans should take note of:
"We were in the Democratic Party while they were lynching black folks. We were in the Democratic Party while they were segregating folks. We have been loyal Democrats, [but] when the party has an opportunity to do something to show that their base is recognized, appreciated and acknowledged, they don't."
"The issue is what we want not only from the state party but from the national party. Give us respect. We cannot continue to be in the room but not allowed to come to the table. What we are doing now is saying, 'Forget it. We are not going to wait for you to bring us to the table. We are going to not only get to the table, we are going to take it.'
Larry Elder and Thomas Sowell have been advising Republicans that they should not speak to blacks as if they are children. The condescending attitude of the liberals must be infuriating to blacks.
Sowell once wrote:
When Republicans from time to time try to reach out to blacks, they tend to do so ineptly, if not ridiculously. For reasons unknown, they seem to want to appeal to black voters in the same ways that Democrats appeal to black voters, by adopting a liberal stance.
Why would anyone who wants liberalism go for a Republican imitation when they can get the real thing from Democrats? Republicans do not have a snowball's chance in hell of winning the votes of liberal blacks.
Maybe the Steele phenomenon will have a national repercussion. This would redound to benefit of all blacks if they placed their vote open to bidding.