5.12.15

SEIZE THE OPPORTUNITY.

Chicago is what Democrats do.  At Commentary, Noah Rothman seeks Republicans with an urban vision.
A competent and unifying Republican politician seeking the White House could ask of black voters, who have for generations voted the straight ticket, why they believe they are being taken for granted? Why is it that they are always the target of so much lip service from Democrats, but that never seems to amount to anything?

A smart Republican office seeker could make hay of this moment and drive a wedge in between Democrats and their most loyal voters. For a politician auditioning to serve as the president of all Americans, this would be a smart course of action. It would also be a politically beneficial one.
What that calls for, though, is an imaginative Republican voice (are libertarians Neglected Actors in this script).
What happened in Chicago is a scandal, and it is one that Democrats cannot address without exposing the highest echelons of the party’s establishment to withering and negative scrutiny. Only Republicans can do what needs to be done. It will be a great tragedy if they decline the opportunity. Not just for the party’s political prospects, of course, but for the sake of the nation’s African-American voters who are a constituency utterly without scrupulous representation.
That may not be, Mr Rothman notes, the prize the Republicans have their eyes on, with that magic 270 electoral votes being the current obsession (along with holding majorities in the two chambers of Congress).  But there is a substantive way to achieve both, whilst providing that scrupulous representation.
Let's scrutinize the links between insufficient commercial activity and generations of young people rendered unemployable by government schools and the minimum wage. Let's understand the effects of fifty years of urban renewal and Model Cities and the War on Poverty in creating a cohort of voters dependent on Democrat policies that somehow never lift people up.
That's more constructive, I believe, than fretting about food stamps.

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