KEYES ON THE BLACK VOTE
FoxNews has a profile on Alan Keyes in which he offers his thoughts on the Republican Party’s efforts to attract the black vote.
After years of butting heads with the Republican Party, conservative Alan Keyes (search) said the GOP has no clue how to engage black voters, a key constituency that can be won over on the issues, but not with empty campaign promises or race-baiting.
Ã¢€œThe Republican Party doesnÃ¢€™t do enough to support black [candidates] time and time again,Ã¢€ Keyes told Foxnews.com. Ã¢€œThe Republicans tend to come in only when a candidate looks successful, and thatÃ¢€™s not good enough. They have to build networks, and gain the trust of the community.Ã¢€
While this is probably true–and seems increasingly so if the 2002 midterms were any indication–I’m not sure what the alternative is. Ironically, it sounds like Keyes is advocating an affirmative action program wherein the GOP treats potential black candidates differently than their white counterparts.