Category Archives: Party Politics

The GOP and Identity Politics in the Black Community

The Republican Party continues to miss the mark when it comes to engaging the Black community. For those Republicans, who fastidiously claim they don’t believe in “identity politics (IP),” let me give you a piece of advice: Stop It! Politically speaking, IP is a campaign that is based on the particular needs of a specific… Read More »

GOP anger at Trump is building

Republican unease with President Trump is building, and if it snowballs, the White House could suffer significant political damage. Asked about the mood among conservatives, GOP strategist Rick Tyler replied with a single word: “Fatigue.” The pattern of negative headlines continued late Tuesday afternoon, when The New York Times reported that Trump earlier this year… Read More »

Young Black Democrats, Eager to Lead From the Left, Eye Runs in 2018

In Georgia, a Democratic lawmaker planning a run for governor promises to confront President Trump and what she calls the “fascists” surrounding him. In Maryland, a former president of the N.A.A.C.P. warns national Democrats not to take African-Americans for granted. The mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., goes even further, declaring that Democrats have failed by fixating… Read More »

Some Black Democrats Want A Lot More From Tom Perez

Addressing one of the largest civil rights groups in the country recently, Tom Perez, the new chairman of the the DNC, broke out a tried and true tactic Democrats like: effusive praise of the first black president. “I don’t know about you,” he said wistfully, “but I miss Barack Obama.” He talked a lot about… Read More »

The complicated story of black conservatism

At a campaign stop last year, Donald Trump saw one black man in a sea of white supporters. Without a drop of embarrassment he announced, “Oh, look at my African American over there. Look at him. Are you the greatest?” Yes, it has got to be tough to be a black Republican in the Trump… Read More »