I love Roger Simon. He’s the best new-ish thing in Washington in years (okay, maybe now that new, he’s covered the White House before he was a Politico). But man, the man can write. To wit: yesterday’s piece analyzing the new RNC plan to “reboot” the Republican party and make minorities love them! It’s hysterical.
We wrote a few pieces about the new RNC plan yesterday, including Jon Green’s analysis of the organizing side of things, and my piece about the fact that one of the key architects of the RNC’s new “inclusiveness” plan to woo minorities just called President Obama a “socialist.”
I’m only going to quote a little from Roger’s story – you can read the rest over at Politico. But it’s a fun piece, and a nice way to start the morning – do go read the whole thing:
Take minorities. The Republicans are now going to study them like they were some kind of new microbe. Priebus is pledging to spend $10 million on the effort.
I know $10 million sounds like a lot, but in political terms it is a pittance. The two presidential campaigns spent more than $2 billion in the last election, and one Republican billionaire, Sheldon Adelson, gave Romney $33 million in the closing weeks, bringing the total he and his wife gave to the GOP to $95 million. In other words, $10 million is what Republican fat cats find in their couch cushions.
No matter. The Republicans need to seek out and woo minorities because so few minorities are already members of the party. Republicans have to study minorities from afar, like astronomers studying distant galaxies….
When Priebus was asked why gay voters would vote Republican, he replied: “Sen. Portman made some inroads last week.” And, indeed, Sen. Rob Portman, a Republican from Ohio, recently endorsed gay marriage after finding out (two years ago) that his son is gay. And if Portman ever has a black child, maybe Portman will champion civil rights.
Okay, I just laughed out loud. Enjoy.