The Republican National Committee has elected a black man as its leader. Michael Steele describes himself as a pro-life Roman Catholic conservative who is opposed to gay marriage.
The Republicans seem to be following the same flawed logic of the Bush administration, which was that policies don’t matter as long as you can sell your agenda to the public. They believed they could do anything they wanted – and for the most part, they did – with a good ad campaign. When the public wasn’t buying it, they didn’t change their policies – they just tried a new campaign slogan.
Now the party of white people thinks it can sell itself to minorities not by promoting policies that help minorities, but by putting on some black face. The minstrel show doesn’t appear to have any plan to change the script.