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Bush 2004 was the "gold standard" for Republican minority outreach.
This has become a dangerous conventional wisdom among young progressive peopleI see it differently.
Trump purposefully floated an insulting, half-baked "platinum" plan, not to win over any serious black voters, but to solidify his appeal with racist whites who appreciated that Trump was insulting the people they hate.
It def worked, trump lost because he lost the suburbs, and college educated voters.What is "pretty much worked" though? Because if it was meant to syphon enough votes off the top from the Dems to win the general election, it didn't make much of a dent whatsoever. I do think that if a GOP politician faked his or her concern for Black folks better, maybe some people would get swept into it. But I think that's ultimately antithetical towards the whole identity and history of the Republican party. They don't care and it shows in everything they do (and more notably, in everything they *don't* do). Their antiblackness is baked into the core of the party, any Black person who'd assess their platforms for more than a few seconds would probably be able to sniff it out. In my opinion.
Tim Scott ain't getting a nomination, though IMO. Like, ever. My whole post was talking about how the GOP, regardless of their operations they put up, are at their core anti-black. Both rhetorically and in their actions. Part of that is why people like Tim Scott will never get a nomination. Additionally, they have zero interest in even addressing or acknowledging the systemic racism and inequities that their policies make worse. Denying one of the biggest ails for Black folk in America won't do much in whatever gains they've made this election. I just can't see the GOP making serious inroads without reversing multiple stances that their base of white males align with.It def worked, trump lost because he lost the suburbs, and college educated voters.
his gains with black and brown voters kept him in striking distance.
he lost in the end.
but to pretend like it didn't work is crazy talk.
he increased his share of the black vote, that is the very definition of working.
imo you better hope Tim Scott never wins the nomination.
The idea that you'd win any demographic group 92-8 for the rest of time is also makes zero sense.
The republicans have def not hit their ceiling yet with black voters.
Put him signing the letter aside, what came afterward is where the real ****ty behavior starts imo.I mean as a general principle, if you feel that your arguments or even your character is being consistently misrepresented by your colleagues, it maybe is better to move on.
That doesn't seems to be the case with Matt Yglesias though. It seems like he signed onto a letter with a transphobic subtext, he got called on it but one of his colleagues really hurt him by saying that they felt unsafe and it probably festered. Yglesias certainly considers himself an ally of the trans community and its an awkward position to be in when you feel that you’ve been treated unfairly and that person treating you unfairly is using your allyship with their community to get away with it. It’s a tough call since the left needs webs of allyship/solidarity to succeed.
I suppose that could be fragility but whatever it is, it seems different than Weis and Sullivan’s departures. Those two consistently called for genocide, their colleagues engaged with their arguments, as they were constructed, and those two moved on so they could advocate for genocide in a more supportive environment.
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