The Republicans have handed Democrats a golden opportunity. In their reflexive zeal to attempt to turn every bit of news or gossip to their political advantage by calling for Sen. Reid to step down from his position as majority leader, Republicans have exposed a big, gaping vulnerability. Unfortunately, the Democrats have reflexively curled up in their standard fetal position response to Republican attack and cannot turn the tables.
If the Republican party of Willie Horton and the southern strategy wants to talk about race, the Democrats ought to oblige them. Harry Reid should invite leading Republicans and right wingers to appear with him for a panel discussion on race before an audience of African-Americans, Latinos and members of other minority groups. Sen. John Cornyn, who seems to think he’s an expert on parsing racially tinged speech, could explain to the audience why his Republican party has a grand total of zero African-Americans in Congress. In fact, there have only been four African-Americans elected to Congress as Republicans since 1901. The civil rights movement passed the party right by. I’d be very interested to hear from Sen. Cornyn why this is–just a coincidence?
Perhaps Republican Rep. Geoff Davis (KY) could shed some light on the subject. In 2008, David referred to the then 46-year old Barack Obama as "that boy." I’d also like to hear from the Republican activist from South Carolina who compared Michele Obama to a gorilla. I guess Sen. Cornyn must have missed that one–maybe he also missed Rush Limbaugh’s hilarious ‘parody" in which he sang about "Barack, the magic negro."
Speaking of South Carolina, maybe we can expand the discussion a bit by bringing in the Republican party chairmen who explained the secret behind Jewish wealth. And as long as we’re expanding the discussion, race relations expert Sen. Tom Coburn could be called on to tell the audience why he took on Ricky Ricardo’s character from I Love Lucy in questioning Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.
This is just the tip of the iceberg. The Republican party has a deep bench of experts on racial relations and I think the Democrats ought to ask them all to come forward to discuss their views in public.