For the better part of a decade, I’ve been saying two things:
- The GOP needs to engage the voters in the 4th and 5th CDs – including the dreaded ”inner city” voter - better. I’m not the only one to say this, of course – but so far, Dan Severson and his Minority Liberty Alliance have been the only real cow to go with the moo.
- While black, Latino, Asian and immigrant voters tend to vote overwhelmingly Democrat (for reasons that are less related to patronage and force of habit than some would like to think), it remains a fact as well as a stereotype that Latinos are socially conservative, Asians do place a premium on education and initiative, and African-Americans are among the most passionate advocates of school choice, and they should be, eventually, amenable to a message that reflects that.
Below is the outline of a speech that I’d love to see a (presumably white) Republican (although the candidacy of Abdimalik Askar against Phyllis Kahn is a hopeful sign) give to an African-American audience in the 4th or 5th CD. The candidate won’t be me, natch – there’s no way I’m ever running for office. I’ve given oppo researchers almost 15 years of smear-fodder. It’s just not gonna happen.
But for someone else – someone who actually belongs running for office?
Here’s an idea.