with credit for the title to Keith Olberman...
GOP National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the first African American to hold the post for the Republicans, commented today that his party needs a "Hip Hop Makeover."
As insane as it sounds for the GOP...a party of rich old white men (with an occasional woman and minority thrown in to look like they are diverse) has never embraced anything remotely different than stuffed & starched white shirts with even whiter men inside, this is comical! They opposed the Civil Rights Bill and any other legislation that would ensure that people other than straight white men were protected EQUALLY under the law. They want to write discrimination into the constitution by banning gay marriage. And of course they want to take away a woman's right to decide how to handle her body. And Michael Steele thinks that the party could be made over?
They elected him to give the party a diverse face, but the far right wing of the party will never allow such a thing to happen. He is just a figurehead. The GOP does not want or like anyone who is not white or male.
So...Steele comments that the GOP needs an “off the hook” public relations offensive to attract younger voters, especially blacks and Hispanics, by applying the party's principles to “urban-suburban hip-hop setting." This in itself is absurd given the party that he is supposed to be leading. They want Hip-Hop and other Afro-centric music banned because it has violent undertones ("Fuck the Police" anyone?).
I have 2 things to note on this though that make all of this more laughable:
- First...Michael Steele has apparently not gotten the note from rapper Nas...who declared over a year ago that "Hip-Hop is dead." So go ahead Lt. Gov. Steele...use that hip-hop to spread the GOP. It only proves that the GOP is WAY OUT OF TOUCH!
- The next comment on this was the immediate follow up to the above comment. Mr. Steele added that the party needs to reach out to all people including "one armed midgets." No joke! He actually said this! Does this mean he also wants to reach out to neo-Nazi Eskimo lesbians too?
All I can say to the GOP is good luck with that...you guys stand about a snow balls chance in hell of even coming close to this goal.