Friday, August 30, 2013

Recommended Reading

You may recall that earlier this year, RNC chair Reince Priebus released an "autopsy" that outlined the party's future efforts to reach the minority voters they've spent several cycles dehumanizing, debasing, and disenfranchising. Well, this week's commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a dream" address in Washington offered a perfect, camera-ready opportunity for the "new" GOP to show its stuff, but the event -- which saw Presidents Obama, Clinton, and Carter all give speeches -- didn't draw even a single elected Republican to attend, despite the fact that every member of congress was invited. It's baffling, but not particularly surprising given the weird brand of identity politics afflicting Republicans, and it's just one reason why, as Salon's Brian Beutler explains, this week wasn't a great one in the annals of minority outreach for the once-Grand Old Party.

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