• But Who Will Teach the Republican Delegates How to Dance?

    Looking out on the RNC delegate assembly, I couldn't help but feel like something was missing.

    Hm. Portly beflagged gentleman and elephant hat lady — check.

    Politically incorrect symbols of past national disgraces worn defiantly — check

    Oh, that's right.

    Only 36 of the 2,380 delegates seated on the convention floor are black, the lowest number since the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies began tracking diversity at political conventions 40 years ago. Each night, the overwhelmingly white audience watches a series of white politicians step to the lectern — a visual reminder that no black Republican has served as a governor, U.S. senator or U.S. House member in the past six years.

    No black people at the RNC? I guess, to be fair, it's hard to fit being proud of America into your schedule when you're running around all day doing secret Muslim stuff.

    "It's hard to look around and not get frustrated," said Michael S. Steele, a black Republican and former lieutenant governor of Maryland. "You almost have to think, 'Wait. How did it come to this?'"

    Far be it from me to be flip about the black Republican experience, Governor. But if I had to guess, I'd say it probably had something to do with your white friends' journey from here:

    To here:

    Tags: Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, RNC, St. Paul, Strom Thurmond


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