Asserts the conservative Republican in Florida: "Regardless of the victor today, black voters are in deep political trouble. Democrats will continue to take African-Americans for granted and ignore critical issues facing people of color if President Barack Obama manages a repeat of his 2008 black voter support. If GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney wins, Republicans will step up efforts to attract non-Cuban-American Hispanics, youth, and women, at the expense of black voters. GOP strategists who say outreach to blacks is a waste of time will have prevailed. The efforts of Presidents Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr., and Bush Jr. (not to mention Jack Kemp) to attract more blacks to the base of the party could become history."
After citing that black influence at the state and regional levels is also in peril, he continues his commentary: "How did it come to this? Hispanics, Asians, and women do not put all their political eggs in the
Democratic Party basket as blacks do. Therefore, they — like
independents — are sought after by both parties."
He ain't done yet: "So what can stop the slide to black political irrelevancy? First, if only 5-8 percent of Obama’s 2008 black voters defect and put
their pocketbooks, children, and religious principles before race and
party, it would cause a political earthquake. Combined with expected
white, Hispanic, and independent defections, there could be a tidal wave
to send the president back to Chicago. Second, if Romney wins, he should mention 'inclusion' in his acceptance
speech; abandon the GOP establishment's benign neglect of black
Republicans and black voters; and, listen to advisers such as Florida
Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll; Congressman Allen West, R-Fla., and
campaign strategist Tara Wall on how to reach out to his black
supporters and increase their numbers."