The political part of the web is buzzing about the Fox News article on Black GOP candidates for congress. This article highlights what is fundamentally wrong with the approach of Black elephant candidates: push the color blindness. Of course, all issues before congress concern all Americans but when will the Black community birth a Black conservative candidate rather than the conservative community selecting someone they find suitable or innocuous.
I am talking about a community-oriented person who speaks passionately about the limited role of government, personal responsibility and self-determination like Dr. Bill Cosby—speaking out of love for the community and the nation rather than hate for Obama. The dilemma is finding a candidate who appeals to the right and our community also. In classic GOP form, it rarely crosses the GOP establishments’ mind to find candidates that will be acceptable to Black centrists. Here is a little trick: get some non-GOP Blacks’ opinions on the candidates first.
Raynard Jackson, a Black political consultant mention in the article, should be the GOP pointman on Black candidates and the worst nightmare of the Dem Team—in think he knows how to pick and position them. You grow candidates in the “farm system” like Major League Baseball so go find a list of Black congressional and administration staffers from the 90s and you will find some proven quality candidates who will likely have community, civic and college connections that can net them 20% of the Black vote walking in the door without compromising their core conservatives principles and spending a ton of money. What these candidates should do is speak against the crazy talk of the most extreme elements of the far right—stay on the issues. Newsflash: that move will get them even more Black votes.
I noticed that the Fox News article attributed the Democrats lock on Black votes to LBJ’s social programs without mentioning the GOP’s Southern Strategy. That makes me appreciate CNN so much. Anyone who only watches Fox News or MSNBC doesn’t know what they are missing.