I wondered to myself why Shannon Reeves, the Republican National Committee head of African American Outreach was a no-show at the June 17 monthly forum of the Washington D.C. Black Republican Committee. Maybe he had “fatter fish to fry” that night, than to meet with the party’s local Black loyalists.
The shindig was at Duke’s City Restaurant on U Street and was intended to help Blacks in the local GOP better understand what the Republican National Committee is doing about outreach to African American voters and to offer the GOP higher-ups, some insight on what African Americans want from the presidential campaign of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
I spoke with members of the DCBRC casually about the non-event. They were disappointed at the Reeves non-appearance. He sent three deputies. Some members wanted to cancel the meeting to protest the non-attendance of Shannon Reeves, but the will of the group was to hear the three deputies out. Ironically, the DCBRC members with whom I spoke confidentially, are not really ready yet to publicly complain about what some consider a slap in the face from the GOP-HNIC.
So, what do I discover, but an item on the Huffington Post, under the headline: “Black Republicans Launch Racial Anti-Obama Ads.”
Now I’ve got to know: What does Shannon Reeves think about that? I’m certain I will soon learn.
“Look beyond Barack Obama’s skin color and soaring rhetoric and you will see an arrogant, elitist millionaire whose voting record is the most liberal in Congress,” says one of the radio ads produced by The National Black Republican Association, according to author Sam Stein. “Look at the people around Obama, and you will understand that Obama lacks the judgment to be our next president.” Huh?
“Obama’s mentor for 20-years was Rev. Jeremiah Wright who said innocent Americans deserved to die on September 11th. Obama’s 20-year friend and bagman was Tony Rezko who was recently convicted of fraud,” the ad continues.
The ads, according to a press release from NBRA, will air on radio stations in battleground states. The NBRA is clearly delusional. Their plan is to siphon off 25 percent of the Black vote. Considering that Republican presidential candidates do well if they capture 10 percent of the Black vote against White Democrats, and the last Republican president to reach that threshold was Richard Nixon, considering that statistic alone, the NBRA plan would be laughable, if Sen. Obama was not a self-identified “Brother!”
He’s never been the Black Candidate and he’s never run a Black Campaign, but Barack Obama also never stopped being a “Brother,” a Black guy. That said, the notion that those few radio ads could garner anything more than an ad agency commission is absolutely ludicrous!
Which leads me to offer my personal advice to everyone involved “freelance” in the production of these and future radio commercials and other projects, which are obviously a passion to someone: Make certain you are paid in advance for all work done on this project.
I know several proud Black Republicans, conservatives. I get the feeling they are proud of Sen. Obama, even if they are disappointed that it’s not Condoleezza Rice or Colin Powell in his shoes now. I don’t believe even one of them would lend their names to a snake-oil ad accusing Sen. Obama of being exactly what all of us send our children to become: intelligent, well educated, dignified, successful.
I can’t believe that the most self-hating person could actually say those things about Sen. Obama, in polite company, with a straight face.
“An arrogant elitist who turned his back on poor blacks and his own country.”
Are you kidding me?
Agenda item for the make up meeting for Shannon Reeves, the Republican National Committee head of African American Outreach, to explain to the D.C. Black Republican Committee: Where do Black Republicans stand re: Sen. Barack Obama?