RNC Doubles Down on Losing: Hires Romney Campaign Staffers to Manage Asian Outreach

In case you missed it, maybe you were living in a land far away, Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election. And he really lost because he IGNORED minorities, left the votes on the table for President Barack Obama’s gorging. But for some reason the Republican National Committee is acting like he won, hiring former campaign staffers who “managed minority outreach” for Romney to do the same for it. As a friend said, “If you lose big time why not double down with the losers.”

Aside from being a weak candidate, Romney lost the election because he refused to ask for the minority vote in a meaningful way. Romney “leaned in” to whites and won 60% of their vote, the highest of any candidate since 1988 and “leaned out” from the minority vote and bombed the election. Obama won 73% of   Latino vote at 27%, Blacks 3% and 71% of the Asian vote .

This week the RNC announced it hired Stephen Fong, “a longtime Republican political and grassroots operative” as the RNC National Asian and Pacific Islander Field Director along. The illustrious Fong worked on Romney’s  Asian outreach and helped him lose the Asian vote. During an inclusion panel at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference, Fong said the best way to attract more Asians to the Republican Party is: “You have to like spicy food because you’re going to be eating a lot of it.”  You can’t shake your head long enough on that one. A liberal journalist asked me, “well was he trying to me funny?” Yes, Fong was trying to be funny just like when Michael Steele said he was going to recruit more blacks to the GOP with “fried chicken and potato salad.” Racist stereotypes never work as a marketing tool for votes or anything.

The RNC also announced Jason Chung as RNC National Communications Director for Asian and Pacific Islander Engagement. Chung, a Republican consultant with “fifteen years experience, sat on Virginia Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders for Romney board, created October 25, 2012,  two weeks before the election to pander to the Asian vote. No wonder Romney lost minority vote across the grid. He didn’t bother to build relationships with any group but whites. Blacks got the NAACP speech. Latinos got few surrogates. People can spot a fake when they see one.

The RNC’s press release touting both hires conveniently omits both Fong and Chung’s work with Romney. “It’s no secret that Republicans have ground to make up among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. To earn voters’ trust, we must be present in their communities,” declared RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in the press release.  Priebus should have said, “To lose even more votes in 2016 we should keep hiring the same people in the consultant merry go round.” That would have been more honest than the RNC trying to pander to voters with its Growth & Opportunity Project, which should be dubbed “Dead and Decaying” Project.

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16 Responses to “RNC Doubles Down on Losing: Hires Romney Campaign Staffers to Manage Asian Outreach”

  1. Jinsky Jean-Pois says:

    The Asian and Pacific Islander community is the fastest growing immigrant demographic group in the United States, which now surpasses the Latino community in immigration. The Asian and Pacific Islander community has a higher intellectual and financial capacity than Anglos. This demographic represented three percent of the national electorate and preferred the Obama-Biden presidential ticket by a 47 percentage point margin of 73%-26%, which exceeds the Latino community that represented ten percent of the national electorate and preferred the Obama-Biden presidential ticket by a 44 percentage point margin of 71%-27%. The African-American community represented thirteen percent of the national electorate and preferred the Obama-Biden presidential ticket by an 87 percentage point margin of 93%-6%. Ethnic voters of color represented 28 percent of the national electorate and preferred the Obama-Biden presidential ticket by a 63 percentage point margin of 81%-18%.

  2. Noel says:

    @Miles

    That’s honourable of you Miles…..to err is human.
    I’m sure everyone here accepts your apology.

  3. Miles says:

    @Noel

    You’re absolutely right. I apologize for my ignorance.

  4. BuckeyeSam says:

    Why do liberals oppose voter ID? Why do blacks characterize it as voter suppression? I don’t buy the excuse that blacks are too incompetent to obtain a valid picture ID? So why do blacks? How many elderly sons and daughters of former slaves are there in this country?

  5. James says:

    Yeah….Paul also is on record saying if private business owners want to go back to the days of saying “no blacks – no dogs” then they should be allowed to do that. The man like his father is a clueless jerk and also a card-carrying member of the John Birch Society. Yet he is Crystal’s “Great White GOP Hope”.

  6. James says:

    CBC if you think the RNC hired two losers to conducted it’s AAPI outreach campaign, think again. The talking points you wrote Rand Paul bombed and were welled received at Howard University yesterday, contrary to your tweets.

    Paul’s insulted student’s at Howard by insinuating that they and there mothers were dems because it was the party of free stuff. He went on to defend the GOP tactic of voter suppression. He attempted defend his stance against the Civil Rights Act. He even became didactic in his failed attempt to revised history and airbrushed facts and Howard kids were not fooled. They knew enough to be suspicious of his central argument: that Abraham Lincoln’s Republican Party is the same Republican Party that now dominates the South. This analysis glossed over the civil rights era, when Democrats and Republicans essentially switched sides as southern Dixiecrats left for the GOP.

    His remarks, as prepared for delivery, highlighted the worst aspects of his thinking, and they left some question marks.

  7. [...] Crystal Wright: RNC Doubles Down on Losing: Hires Romney Campaign Staffers to Manage Asian Outreach – In case you missed it, maybe you were living in a land far away, Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election. And he really lost because he ignored minorities, left the votes on the table for President Barack Obama’s gorging. But for some reason the Republican National Committee is acting like he won, hiring former campaign staffers who “managed minority outreach” for Romney to do the same for it. [...]

  8. Noel says:

    @Miles
    On the article “Black conservatives: Liberals’ Worst Nightmare.”
    you comment:
    “Now its not my fault god made the black man physically superior to the puny white men! I smell a heavy case of penis envy!”

    Don’t you see that you are playing right into the white supremacists hands? For they want you to say that. The KKK has been saying that for years; that “god made the black man physically superior” and the white man mentally superior; to justify the enslavement of black people as farm equipment like horses.

    Don’t let blind hate turn you into a black supremacist. That’s just the opposite side of the racist coin.

  9. Miles says:

    @martel

    I didnt see any republicans trying to stop it though! And thats why i said the repubs slogan to the Japanese will be, “Get off the Democratic Internment Camps and vote republican.”

  10. Martel says:

    @ Miles: The internment camps were set up by Democrats, you realize?

  11. Martel says:

    @truevoice: if you actually had evidence that we’re racist besides your ability to say “racist” a lot, you’d present it.

    If blacks cared so damn much about minorities, instead of bitching about blacks not being able to vote with no ID, they’d help them get ID’s. If there are millions of blacks throughout America who can’t even open an account at a video store because they’re less documented than the average illegal immigrant, that’s true disenfrachisement and needs to be rectified.

    So do dems bring this up? Nope, because if they solved the problem it would be harder to call Republicans nasty names.

    Pathetic.

    However,

  12. Martel says:

    It’s a problem within the GOP that goes way beyond minorities. I worked for a state GOP for an election cycle in which we got trounced. All of the insiders who made the strategy kept their jobs. All of the field reps who thought the strategy was stupid were laid off.

    It’s much more about who you know and being part of their culture than WINNING. They’re terrified of trying anything different because risk-takers get more blame if they fail. They won’t ever be aggressive enough because if they say what needs to be said they’ll piss off all their friends and not get invited to the right parties anymore.

    This is a symptom of a greater problem that reflects the disconnect between the establishment and their base just as much as their inability to expand that base.

  13. Miles says:

    Gee i bet next we’re going to hear, “Why don’t the Japanes leave the Democratic Internment Camps and vote republican.”

  14. Miles says:

    Next we’re going to hear, “Why don’t the Japanes leave the Democratic Internment Camps and vote republican.”

  15. Miles says:

    Next we’re going to hear, “Wht don’t the Japanese leave the

  16. Miles says:

    Why is it that no minority likes these racist conservatives? Could it be because they’re racist conservatives?

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