Still, the party can boast a number of black and Latino elected officials -- and a bunch of them were put in front of the TV cameras on the opening night of the
The top prize in the how-many-minorities-can-we-pack-behind-a-microphone sweepstakes goes to whoever booked
Earlier in the day, during the roll call of the states, it was notable that several black delegates were given the honor of casting their state's ballots while surrounded by crowds of white faces. It would be easy to dismiss this as tokenism and window dressing -- which, of course, it is -- but there is something bigger behind it.
Republicans truly believe that a rising tide lifts all boats, and that the best thing a poor Latino or an underemployed African American can do to better his or her condition is to vote for a party that intends to let rich people keep more of their money. Showing off all those non-Caucasian officeholders is a way of saying to skeptical minority voters, "These guys have chosen the Republican path and just look where it has gotten them!"
It is a way for a party dominated by affluent white people to not feel embarrassed by their lack of diversity and, in fact, to assert a kind of superiority: "