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Affirmative action: failure for GOP

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The NY Times assesses the Republican Party's effort to attract black voters and finds it generally a failure, though most credit party chair Ken Mehlman with a sincere effort. Katrina didn't help nor did Southern resistance to extension of the Voting Rights Act. Sen. Barack Obama gets to the root of it:

Senator Barack Obama, Democrat of Illinois, who attended Harvard Law School with Mr. Mehlman and who is black, said: “Ken was sincere in wanting to reach out to the African-American community, and it would be a healthy thing if both parties actively competed for the African-American vote. Unfortunately, the agenda of the Republican Party keeps getting in the way of that outreach.”

 

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