Nearly two years ago, Rush Limbaugh screener James Golden (aka "Bo Snerdley") and I called a major Republican donor who claimed to be interested in supporting our organization, New Journey PAC. He expressed interest in one of our warnings – that Georgia would turn blue in 2020. More importantly, the donor wanted to know how to prevent this disaster.
James and I argued that keeping Georgia red was tantamount to advocating for black voters well in advance of the election, with significant concentration in DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. We also had an ambitious five-year plan, which he did not disagree with. But unexpectedly, he didn't care to participate. In his words, "Gentlemen, your cause is great, but you need to find someone who cares about this black s ** t."
Well, do we care about "this black s ** t" now?
Fast forward to 2021, and that kind of attitude – all too common among the established order – has cost the Republican Party its beloved Senate majority. Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock smeared Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, giving the Democrats full control of Washington, D.C.
The Democratic Party's success boiled down to one voter bloc: African Americans. The Georgia election was not about President Trump. It didn't pass either unprecedented fundraising for campaigns. The election was a referendum on the Republican Party as it now exists in a post-Trump era. This was a disaster of epic proportions.
The prevailing belief among Black Americans (and most minority groups) is that Republicans don't care about them. Think about it: not a single majority of a minority population votes Republican. Asians, Blacks, Hispanics, Jews, Indians, and Indians all support Democrats by wide margins.
While conservative pundits mock Stacey Abrams, she developed a master plan and raised the money to implement it. Long before Republicans cared about January's sanctions, Abrams realized Democrats could turn Georgia around by maximizing Black's rise. Her search was 10 years in the making. She found that Democrats could win the demographic battle. Republican leadership not until it was too late. To be honest, I'm still not sure Republicans get it.
Almost a third of all Georgian residents are black, and they turned out en masse for Ossoff and Warnock. Faced with Republican apathy towards them, why shouldn't they? turn out for an African American pastor like Warnock? In the black community, you don't become a respected reverend overnight. It requires years of training and thorough vetting, comparable to a political candidate. In a "awake" America, Republicans underestimate the power of the Black Church. By resorting to personal attacks on the herdsman of the flock, rather than criticizing Warnock's core values, the Republicans only reinforced the African-American community's support for him.
Many black voters in cities like Atlanta never knowingly interacted with a Republican, so voting against a Republican was easy. That's what Republicans cannot fully comprehend. Black voters don't trust them because they don't know them personally, which is exactly the problem. Yes, conservative organizers mobilized on the ground, but it was not enough and much too late. Conservatives didn't get into black communities because they didn't even go to those communities.
In the early days of the Trump administration, I had multiple meetings with Republican leaders. I urged them to go to black communities two years earlier. All I received was a polite nod to these dutiful gatherings so that the Republican leadership could presumably claim they were dealing with "black voices".
Looking ahead, we better pray that the Abrams playbook isn't replicated elsewhere. In Mississippi, 37.8% of the inhabitants are black – a higher percentage than in Georgia. What is going to stop Abrams from getting there and turning it blue?
That also opens Louisiana, with a Democratic governor and a 33% Black population, along with Alabama and the Carolinas. The current Republican strategy is simply not sustainable. The sooner we realize it, the sooner we can start winning again.
So what can be done? Republicans must strengthen the minorities in their ranks, including black votes. Future candidates must be representative of America today.
But, even outside of future candidates, the conservative movement must realize that there are enough minority votes, and that they must be present at all levels. They need to be mainstreamed so that people realize that Republicans don't have to be white. Do the faces in conservative media resemble us? Did they grow up where we are? Do they go to our churches? Do they go to our schools?
Stop playing the victim card. Stop presenting "fake elections". We lost in Georgia, and that will remain a trend unless we face the facts.
Let's start worrying about & # 39; this black s ** t & # 39; – before it is too late.
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