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Friday, February 20, 2009

Michael Steele's Gangsta Old Party

Everyone's having fun with newly-elected RNC Chairman Michael Steele's pledge, in an effort to revive the lumbering Republican Party by expanding its appeal to new younger constituencies, to rebrand the party with an "off the hook" PR campaign applying the principles of the "modern day GOP" to "urban-suburban hip-hop settings."

While the results of the Steele's campaign might be worth a few laughs, it can hardly turn out worse than the Republican Party's last attempt at minority outreach, the Bush/Rove "ownership society" plan to turn Hispanics into GOP voters by pushing low down payment home loans on them and other minorities, which further inflated the housing bubble with disastrous results. But in case you thought the rebranding effort ahead of Steele was impossible as well as comical, it may seem less far-fetched if you buy Eli Lake's arguments from a bloggingheads.tv discussion last October that the GOP is the natural party of gangsta rap:

Posted by Kalim Kassam on February 20, 2009 in U.S. politics | Permalink


Great post, Kalim.

Nike is a good cultural case study or data point here.

When the left thinks about Nike, they conjure images of sweatshops and exploitation.

Yet Nike is almost synonymous with the “urban-suburban hip-hop” crowd. It’s urban chic, ghetto cool.

Fur could be another example. Gangsters wear fur; liberals don’t.

Urban culture is about “gettin paid” and enjoying the good life that has too long been out of reach. It’s closer to Republican thinking than Democratic thinking.

That being said, Libertarians have a better chance winning the “urban-suburban hip-hop” vote than either Republicans and Democrats, as the drug war is the greatest threat to the liberty of poor inner city youth.

Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-02-20 1:15:55 PM

New Mexico's first black Republican legislator rings in: http://www.sfreeper.com/2009/02/20/nms-first-black-republican-legislator-on-the-rncs-first-black-chairman/

Posted by: Dave | 2009-02-20 6:54:48 PM

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