Monday, May 14, 2007

Giuliani & Romney Snub Urban League

Monday, May 14, 207 - This evening I listened to portions of an NPR piece on GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney lagging behind both John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the polls.

Despite his having raised millions more than either of the two GOP front runners, he lags in 3rd place, puzzling political pundits. I'm not sure if people have figured Romney out yet. I'm sure the GOP voting base wouldn't want to admit it but there appears to be some reluctance to support him because he is a Mormon - something that doesn't sit well with the white, Christian-Right GOP power base that populate the 'Red States' that respond to vague, substance-light hot-button issues like anti-US flag waving amendments, the GOP dead-horse "Family Values" and the usual assortment of patriotic rhetoric - many of them still believe there are WMD's somewhere under the sands of Iraq.

It'll be interesting to see how the GOP fares under the scrutiny of the 08 elections now that the President is widely regarded as one of the most unpopular heads of state in US history - a man who, in his 2nd term in the White House, failed to make Time Magazine's list of the world's most influential people.

As an African-American it never surprises me when GOP candidates blow off opportunities to connect with and reach out to voters of color because, well, they really don't give a shit about the African-American vote. Remember when Bush blew off the NAACP convention? I really wonder about the mindset of a modern US political party that is so disconnected to African-Americans and other minorities.

Even leaving aside the Katrina response, the GOP comes off as hopelessly lost in the cultural sense. Michael Fauntroy writes about this quite frequently and penned an interesting piece on his Website.

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