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Life Imitates the Simpsons at the RNC

by: Crisitunity

Thu Feb 19, 2009 at 12:59 PM EST


RNC chair Michael Steele, in an interview with the Washington Times:

"We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles," Steele told the Washington Times. "But we want to apply them to urban-suburban hip-hop settings."

"It will be avant garde, technically," he said of the new public relations team he's signing on. "It will come to the table with things that will surprise everyone - off the hook." He also added: "I don't do 'cutting-edge.' That's what Democrats are doing. We're going beyond cutting-edge."

Simpsons episode 4F12, "The Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie Show:"

EXECUTIVE
(pause) We at the network want a dog with attitude. He's edgy, he's "in your face." You've heard the expression "let's get busy"? Well, this is a dog who gets "biz-zay!" Consistently and thoroughly.

KRUSTY
So he's proactive, huh?

EXECUTIVE
Oh, God, yes. We're talking about a totally outrageous paradigm.

MEYER
Excuse me, but "proactive" and "paradigm"? Aren't these just buzzwords that dumb people use to sound important? Not that I'm accusing you of anything like that. I'm fired, aren't I?

MEYERS
No, no, no! He was supposed to have attitude.

SILVERMAN
Um... wh-what do you mean, exactly?

MEYERS
Oh, you know, attitude, attitude! Uh... sunglasses!

EXECUTIVE
Can we put him in more of a "hip-hop" context?

KRUSTY
Forget context, he's gotta be a surfer. Give me a nice shmear of surfer.

EXECUTIVE
I feel we should rastafy him by ... ten percent or so.

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Heh
We posted siaries on this at exactly the same time.  Hard to believe this story is true and not satire.

This line from Steele is also amusing... and disturbing
He added, jokingly, that "we need to uptick our image with everyone, including one-armed midgets."


Hmmm
Sounds like he's been watching a lot of Twin Peaks.

[ Parent ]
I Wonder
What is the percentage of American voters who are one-armed midgets?

If it's above 40%, methinks Mr. Steele is going somewhere with this :-)


[ Parent ]
Steve Novick?
No, I think he has to arms.

[ Parent ]
Technically, Novick has
one real hand and one fake hand. And no, he's not voting Republican, nor is Steele trying to get him to.

[ Parent ]
Funny thing is...
Steele is an AA and what % of their vote did he win in the 2006 Maryland Senate race against a white guy?  Doubt he even broke 20%.  And this guy thinks he has a solution to make inroads for his party what the group?  Good luck Mr. Steele.

He got 25%
According to the exit poll.
About as good as Republican can dream of doing in this day of age, but he did ridiculous amounts of outreach to the AA community AND Cardin's closest primary opponent was black. If the Republican party is correct in their ridiculous theory that black people just vote for candidates like Obama because they're black, then this would have been he perfect conditions for it to play out, and obviously it failed miserably.

22, Democrat, AZ-01
Peace. Love. Gabby.


[ Parent ]
It's complete BS
An example from Florida last year was Peter Boulware.  The guy is a local legend and former FSU football and NFL star with the Baltimore Ravens.  He ran for the Florida state House as a moderate republican in a heavily minority Tallahassee district and still lost despite all his fame and fortune.

[ Parent ]
See the numbers
See the numbers for Blackwell and Swann for further support that blacks vote for the candidate, not the skin color.  The Cohen-Tinker primary is another good example.

[ Parent ]
25% is kindof a lot, actually.
I would've guessed around 13%.  (As opposed to the more typical 8-9% performance.)

If Steele had been in Michigan instead of Maryland, that might have meant something.  In an electorate that is reasonably closely divided, and that also has a reasonably large black population, that kind of improvement starts to matter fairly quickly.

I hate to write anything in the remotest defense of Michael Steele.  Well, except that I find it hilarious that he's in charge of the RNC now.  Lots of laffs there.

But I am a bit unnerved by the 25% number.


28, gay guy, Democrat, CA-08


[ Parent ]
I'm not unnerved by it
Cardin had a tough primary fight against an AA candidate.  25% is a decent performance, but it was nowhere close to being enough.  Here's the exit poll.  Steele only barely won the white vote 50-48%.

http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/20...


[ Parent ]
Not sure in MI
Not sure how well Steele would do in MI as the African American population there is alot poorer and thus, I would think, more likely to vote Dem. I know that MD has ALOT of solidly middle class African Americans. One of those countries, i forget which one, has one of the highest median incomes of any African American majority county in the nation. Also I dont know how well Steele would do with white, blue collar Reagan Dems whom are critical swing voters.

[ Parent ]
Obama
True, Obama may have did well with many of those struggling white Reagan Dems but at least he was with them on the bread and butter issues.

[ Parent ]
Ah yes
Prince George's County, pop. of like 800,000, is the wealthiest African American majority county in the U.S. Steele only got around 23% of the county vote but Ehrlich got a little less that year, Bush got around 17% in 2004 and McCain only 10% in 08.

[ Parent ]
Steele also happens to be from PG County
and the county board endorsed him in the Senate race.

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[ Parent ]
Not bad for Steele
That the county board endorsed him. Though he is from there. Still a coup to get such an endorsement, given that hes a Republican.

[ Parent ]
Not that great
Ehrlich running for governor of MD the same year got 15% of the AA vote.  IIRC, Steele worked very hard for the AA vote and did his best to conceal his party loyalty.  Picking up an extra 10% from your own ethnic or religious group doesn't seem like that special of a performance to me.  I wouldn't be at all surprised if ordinary Jewish and Hispanic candidates running as Republicans get a similar bump.

[ Parent ]
Some other numbers
Thought I would check out how other black Republican candidates did with black voters compared to white Republican candidates running at the same time.

In Pennsylvania, Swann got 13%  AA support, while Santorum got 10%.

In Ohio, Blackwell got 20% of the black vote, while DeWine received 15%.

So, looking at just these two other races, it suggests Steele did somewhat better among black voters than might be expected from the average black Republican.  I do think he put more of an effort into getting black votes, however, and the Democratic primary with a black losing to a white may also explain the little extra Steele got.


[ Parent ]
Steele was also
A better candidate than both of those two. Blackwell is a total nut job and Swann is a total empty suit. Steele ran a pretty good campaign and really played the 'moderate' card.  

[ Parent ]
True
Steele ran a solid campaign.  Probably the best republican Senate campaign of 2006.  He did his best to hide his party affiliation in a hostile state and extremely poor national environment for republicans.  If the year had been 2000 or 2002 he might have actually won.

[ Parent ]
Michael Steele? Hiding his party affiliation?!
Surely you jest.

He just really really likes the color blue. And there was totally no room for "Conservative Republican" on his giant blue logo.

22, Democrat, AZ-01
Peace. Love. Gabby.


[ Parent ]
Repubs had a lousy Senate year in 2000
And 2002 wasn't exactly a grand slam - they only net gained two seats. I think Cardin would have beaten Steele even in 1994.

[ Parent ]
1994?
I very much doubt that.  You might be right about the other years but 1994 was a VERY bad year.  Even 3rd-tier at best  GOP challengers came within 10-15 points in quite a few races that year.

And ya, 2000 was a good year mainly because of great recruiting and Dems winning most of the tossup races by thin margins.  But it was still basically a neutral environment year.  If Steele only lost by 10 in a very Democratic year I really think it would have been decided by less than 3-4 points in a year like 2000 or 2002.


[ Parent ]
Huh.
Ehrlich and DeWine got 15% of the black vote?  Well there you go.  I thought typical GOP performance with the black vote was more like 9%.

If Steele only picked up 10% over Ehrlich, then there really is nothing to see here.

28, gay guy, Democrat, CA-08


[ Parent ]
It varies by state and region
In the very recially divided southeast ya, it's under 10%.  But in less racially divided states like in the northeast and midwest (where there are few blacks) I've noticed that republicans do perform a little better with them.

[ Parent ]
Is it too early
to start crowing on about the permanent Democratic Majority?

No such thing
They'll make a comeback at some point but the best evidence does suggest it won't be anytime soon.


[ Parent ]
Yes, all things change
Dems had FDR's New Deal supermajority of 320+ in the House and over 70 Senators in the late 30's.  Those majorities probably looked permenant at the time.  By Truman's midterm republicans took back majorities.  

[ Parent ]
I do find it interesting
that the majorities Democrats won during Eisenhower's presidency were more lasting than those won during FDR's presidency.

[ Parent ]
Well...
I think it was just luck on the GOP's part.  It took major unexpected events like a very bad recession and a disasterous period of time in the Korean War (after the Chinese entered and kicked our butts for a time) for voters to boot out enough Dems to give Truman and the Dems a licking and take the majority.  And that was only partially due to many northern republicans embracing many of FDR's policies.  Eisenhower had a very successful first 5 or so years before a severe recession crippled his party and gave Dems back their big majorities.

[ Parent ]
meanwhile, in Iowa
the new state GOP chairman elected last month is determined to use new social media like Twitter and Facebook:

http://www.bleedingheartland.c...

Speaking of which, 2010 Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats twittered today:

At Caribou Coffee discussing all the new technologies available. Wow...can't wait to mobilize Team Vander Plaats.

Vander Plaats was the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in 2006, and chaired Mike Huckabee's presidential campaign in Iowa. He thinks the GOP can come back by being more true to its conservative principles:

http://www.bleedingheartland.c...

I can't wait for Team Vander Plaats to mobilize new technologies!

Thanks for that Simpsons memory. That episode was a classic.


Wow
Oh yeah this is gonna go down real well in conservative places in the south. And well...just about every other conservative place.

Hip hop
As I just dont think many conservatives will like the GOP advertising itself or its conservative values in "hip hop" settings (record stores, clothing stores, television programs, concerts, etc).  

[ Parent ]
Samantha Bee did a skit on this
on the Daily Show a month or so ago.

LOL!
There's a Daily Kos diary showing what "GOP hip hop" may look like.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyo...


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no.

I just watched a few seconds of MC Rove.

I. REALLY. NEED. BRAIN. BLEACH. NOW.

party: Democratic, ideology: moderate, district: CT-01


[ Parent ]
So, in other words...
Michael Steele wants the GOP to cruise at LUDACRIS SPEED.


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