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Old 08-28-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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No republicans?

Apparently every notable US republican was too busy (or too sick) to attend the 50th anniversary celebration of the March on Washington.



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By Ed O’Keefe, Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 6:48 PM

Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters.

Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health.



But aides to some GOP congressional leaders said they received formal invitations only in recent weeks, making it too late to alter their summer recess schedules.

The Rev. Leah D. Daughtry of the House of the Lord Church in the District, who served as executive producer of the commemoration, said the organizing committee began sending invitations to top leaders of both parties “on a rolling basis probably four or five weeks ago.”

“We had a very concerted effort, because this is not a political moment, this was about us coming together as a community, so we wanted to be sure that we had all political representations,” Daughtry said. “We attempted very vigorously to have someone from the GOP participate and unfortunately they were unable to find someone who was able to participate.”

King’s eldest son, Martin Luther King III, said Wednesday that he was disappointed “that we didn’t have bipartisanship.” He noted that his mother, Coretta Scott King, had maintained relationships with all the living former presidents. “It would have been great” to see, King said, “that around the banner of Martin Luther King everyone could come together, because Dad represented the interest of all who were mistreated.”

Former presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush did not attend the event for health reasons, family representatives said. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush also declined an invitation, Daughtry said.

George W. Bush, who is recovering from a recent heart procedure, issued a statement hailing President Obama’s appearance near the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. “There on the National Mall our President, whose story reflects the promise of America, will help us honor the man who inspired millions to redeem that promise,” Bush said.

The absence of any top Republicans came two weeks after national GOP leaders used their annual summer meeting to begin a program to attract minority voters by highlighting the careers of younger “rising stars,” including minority state legislators from Oklahoma and New Hampshire. After a dismal showing among minorities in the 2012 election, many Republican leaders have said the party must do better amid rapidly changing demographics.

Michael Steele, the first black Republican lieutenant governor of Maryland and a former Republican National Committee chairman, said event organizers told him that they were having difficulty attracting Republican speakers. He faulted GOP leaders for not making time to attend.

“It’s part of a continuing narrative that the party finds itself in with these big deals for minority communities around the country and how they perceive our response to them,” he said.
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I shouldn't even be entertaining your retarded post, but the only black senator in the United States wasn't invited

http://washingtonexaminer.com/sen.-t...rticle/2534830

Why can't you post a fcking link you tard?
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I shouldn't even be entertaining your retarded post, but the only black senator in the United States wasn't invited

http://washingtonexaminer.com/sen.-t...rticle/2534830

Why can't you post a fcking link you tard?
Never heard of him.

Where were all the ranking republicans that were invited?

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I shouldn't even be entertaining your retarded post, but the only black senator in the United States wasn't invited

http://washingtonexaminer.com/sen.-t...rticle/2534830

Why can't you post a fcking link you tard?
Simple political play. Invite them too late for them to be able to attend, then sit back and wait for everyone to blame them for not attending.
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Invitations started going out four or five weeks ago? I'd have a hard time making a full-day commitment within that timetable. I'm sure most politicians have busier schedules than I do.

Of course, if I had been invited to this I would have done whatever I could to make it.
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Simple political play. Invite them too late for them to be able to attend, then sit back and wait for everyone to blame them for not attending.
yup, and Lair doesn't even know who Tim Scott is. What a dunce.
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yup, and Lair doesn't even know who Tim Scott is. What a dunce.
I know who he is - he's a nobody.


Not a single ranking ranking republican could make it because 5 weeks notice isn't enough time? Not even ONE could squeeze it in?

Seems legit.
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I know who he is - he's a nobody.
The first black GOP senator from the south, and the ONLY black US Senator, is a nobody?

Also, who gives a crap about this anyway? Half of it was pro DNC speeches and the other half was "it's still legal to hunt down and kill black people" race baiting. None of those people are going to change their minds and suddenly not vote Democrat because someone appeared there. Be realistic, Lyndon B. Johnson made sure that black people would vote democrat for "200 years".
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I know who he is - he's a nobody.


Not a single ranking ranking republican could make it because 5 weeks notice isn't enough time? Not even ONE could squeeze it in?

Seems legit.
It's taken us five months to get two hours of the SecDef's time, and then it got canceled last minute.

Getting on someone's schedule in this town is hard, let alone getting them to commit to an entire day.


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Re: No republicans?

The fact that lair hasn't killed himself proves, without a doubt, that the world does indeed need ditch diggers.

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It seems like this event has been 50 years in the making. Seems like sufficient time for planning
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Yeah, well the really tall republican in the back freed the slaves so...there.
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Yeah, well the really tall republican in the back freed the slaves so...there.
Well sh!t that makes the excuses the actions of the current republican bunch and the future generations.

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It seems like this event has been 50 years in the making. Seems like sufficient time for planning
How could they have known this was coming?
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Yeah, well the really tall republican in the back freed the slaves so...there.


To insinuate that the Republican party of current is anything like the Republican party of Lincoln's time is hilarious. The same goes for the Democrats, too.
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Invitations started going out four or five weeks ago? I'd have a hard time making a full-day commitment within that timetable. I'm sure most politicians have busier schedules than I do.

Of course, if I had been invited to this I would have done whatever I could to make it.
They started going out "on a rolling basis" 4 or 5 weeks ago.

I take that to mean they had an A list they mailed to, gave a certain cut off for RSVP, then roll over to the B list, gave a certain cut off and so on. So some of them likely only got 1 week notice.

And the only one with an overall view of who was attending was likely the event coordinator.

If they truly wanted bipartisan representation, someone in charge of the guest/speaker list would have picked up the phone and called the RNC and said "hey dude, just FYI, you've got nobody attending this deal".

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