And everyone scratched their heads and said, "I didn't know there were any black Republicans."
In fact, there aren't. Well, OK, there's at least one, and he's now the party chairman. What's that you say? OK, yes, there are some more--but barely.
Let's look at some numbers from the last 10 presidential elections:
In 2008, Barack Obama (D) won 95% of the black vote and John McCain (R) won 5%.
In 2004, John Kerry (D) won 88% of the black vote and George W. Bush (R) won 11%.
In 2000, Al Gore (D) won 90% of the black vote and George W. Bush (R) won 10%.
In 1996, Bill Clinton (D) won 84% of the black vote and Bob Dole (R) won 12%.
In 1992, Bill Clinton (D) won 83% of the black vote and George Bush (R) won 10%.
In 1988, Michael Dukakis (D) won 86% of the black vote and George Bush (R) won 12%.
In 1984, Walter Mondale (D) won 90% of the black vote and Ronald Reagan (R) won 9%.
In 1980, Jimmy Carter (D) won 85% of the black vote and Ronald Reagan (R) won 11%.
In 1976, Jimmy Carter (D) won 83% of the black vote and Gerald Ford (R) 16%.
In 1972, George McGovern (D) won 82% of the black vote and Richard Nixon (R) won 18%.
That's about as unanimous as it gets in politics. And this leads me to the challenge I would like to issue:
I challenge any Republican to explain to me, in writing, why the Republican Party faces nearly unanimous opposition from African-Americans. Please explain to me the historical reasons that Democratic presidential candidates have averaged 87% of the black vote and Republican candidates have averaged 11% since 1972. I believe you cannot do this without offering up a damning critique of your own party. You may leave your response as a comment to this post, or, if you need more room, email it to me at BetterThanMachines@gmail.com. I will post thoughtful explanations, unedited, on the front page of this blog.