Thursday, April 30, 2009

GOPbonics - How Michael Steele "rolls"

There's nothing sadder than an aging hipster
- Lenny Bruce

How 'bout some Colt .45?
- Chris Tucker

National Committee chair Michael Steele on why he wears his hat backwards, or some nonsense.

“You wear your hat one way. You like to wear it, you know, kind of cocked to the left, you know, because that's cool out West,” Steele said. “In the Midwest, you guys like to wear it a little bit to the right. In the South, you guys like to wear the brim straight ahead. Now, the Northeast, I wear my hat backwards, you know, because that's how we roll in the Northeast.”

“But what do you recognize?” Steele asked. “We all are wearing the hat that says ‘GOP’ because that's what we believe. That's who we are.”
I don't know what bothers me the more about this buffoon - the hoary political cliches or the pathetic, aging hip-hopster lingo. Who does he think he's persuading with any of it?

And how ironic is it that at this moment in history, when we have a black president whose ethnicity is the least interesting thing about him, the Republican Party is trying to reach young people and minorities by speaking down to them with ghetto slang?

Seriously, is he tweaking the base and the party establishment with this GOPbonics crap, or does he really think this silliness will get young people to give the Republican Party a second, or even a first, look? Urban slang is fine for what it is... if you're doing nothing more consequential than hanging with your homies. But if you're trying to communicate a serious message to people, you'll make more progress by speaking English.

I, for one, have had about enough of the Michael Steele New Urban Minstrel Show. And if it annoys me this much, I can only imagine how the white, working class base and the big-money GOPers are reacting.

Frankly, from a purely partisan perspective, I hope he keeps it up. He'll just bury the Republican Party even further down in the remainder bin of history.

I just don't want to have to listen to any more of it.

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