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Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:26 AM

Artur Davis: GOP won’t make gains with blacks, should focus on Latinos and blue collars

(Yes I know this is a Daily Caller story, but I found this from this black blogger who's not a conservative, and Daily Caller is the only outlet reporting on the former Democratic US rep's comments.)

In the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat, former Alabama Democratic Rep. Artur Davis, one of the president’s most famous detractors, stressed the Republican Party’s need to expand its appeal among Latinos and white working-class voters.

In an post-election interview, the four-term former Democratic representative — who seconded the official nomination of Barack Obama in 2008 and went on to speak at the 2012 Republican National Convention — told The Daily Caller that Romney’s single-minded focus on the economy was a big factor in his loss on Election Day.

“The problem with the message that was focused exclusively on the economy is that economic numbers change,” he said. “And you saw that, over the course of the campaign, it was not uncommon back in January and February for Romney and other Republicans to describe the economy as the worst economy that we had had in — fill in the blank, some would say a generation, some would say since the depression. As the year progressed, even though the rate of job growth was tepid by historic standards, you saw measurable movement in consumer confidence over the course of this year.”


full interview (3 pages long): http://dailycaller.com/2012/11/09/artur-davis-gop-wont-make-big-gains-with-blacks-should-focus-on-latinos-and-working-class-voters/

Does this Davis guy have ANY principles to stand on? From being a Blue Dog Democrat to a Republican and now admitting that the Republicans will never win among black voters and should just give up already?

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alp227 Nov 2012 OP
Tutonic Nov 2012 #1
iemitsu Nov 2012 #2
bluestate10 Nov 2012 #3
iemitsu Nov 2012 #5
Elwood P Dowd Nov 2012 #4
jmowreader Nov 2012 #6
JoeyT Nov 2012 #7

Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:36 AM

1. Ha ha ha. The Daily Caller. That's like eating a turd

and calling it a chocolate chip cookie. It may be edible but you know it ain't right. Sorry.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:46 AM

2. Their problem is the idea that they should target groups

to "win over". The approach is too insincere.
If any political party truly wants to win over voters they ought to offer programs and policies that benefit voters. All voters or most anyway. Not just old white voters, or black voters, or Asian voters or Latino voters, or just the rich, or the poor, but voters, as broad a spectrum of the people as possible. Then offer government that benefits all or most of the citizens.
That is how to attract voters.
Think the republicans will try that strategy?

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Response to iemitsu (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:51 AM

3. You're right. Policy is what's killing the republican party. nt

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:09 AM

5. Yeah, it doesn't do much for the dems either

but they are way better than repubs.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 03:54 AM

4. He is looking to make big $$$$ working for the repukes as a media whore. (nm)

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 04:28 AM

6. Quite a few things wrong here

Romney didn't focus only on the economy, unless you want to call repealing Obamacare an economic issue. Romney portrayed repeal as a cure for everything including foot fungus.

Romney's biggest problem is he was going to attack a problem Obama is solving - the economy - with the programs and policies that caused it in the first place. Romney liked to talk about Greece a lot...well, Greece's problem is their repeated attempts to fix an economic disaster caused by austerity with more austerity - so much austerity, in fact, the citizenry has stopped paying taxes. So what does Romney want to do to fix America's austerity program? The same as Greece, but with permission granted to stop paying taxes.

Insanity is defined as any Republican economic policy.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2012, 08:45 AM

7. No, he doesn't have any principles to stand on.

He's a Republican that barely managed to hide it, and then only some of the time. He actually tried to decrease the minority vote in Alabama by supporting voter ID laws.

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