Saturday, February 7, 2009

Humor we can't believe in

Assuming he's sincere in his efforts to reach out to minority voters, new RNC chairman Michael Steele is going to have his work cut out for him here in the Tampa Bay area.

The local GOP has been doing him no favors:

Carter sent the e-mail that led to her resignation Friday, the day the Republican National Committee announced the selection of its first African-American chairman, Michael Steele.

The e-mail, with the subject line "Amazing!" read:

"I'm confused.

"How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn't get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?"

Funny, right? And the apology was, uh, similar in tone.

I can't say much because I never know when I'll be called upon to stick a recorder in someone's face down at the local Republican juke joint. But I think it's fair to say that I don't see the humor in this "joke."

Not to mention, in this swing area in the swingiest of states, comments like those can't help the GOP regain its footing amid rapidly changing demographics and attitudes. The ground is shifting beneath them.


maria said...

that "joke" came from somewhere else. i know i've seen it because i remember commenting that there weren't 2 million blacks. at least 1/2 the folks were white. a little beside the point. but comma still.

blackink said...

When have people like that ever let the facts get in the way of a good joke? Or a good stimulus package, as it were?