It might make sense for Republicans to be pondering a change in light of the partys unpopularity among African- Americans and Hispanics. In the Nov. 6 election, President Barack Obama won 93 percent of the African-American vote and more than 70 percent of the Hispanic vote.
Watts, who is African-American and long a GOP star, told Politico last week that the partys future depends on its ability to broaden its appeal for racial and ethnic diversity.
And the answer, he said, aint just assembling another group and slapping on an inclusive-sounding name.
window dressing to say, African- Americans for Romney or African-
American Coalition or African-American Advisory Council, said Watts.
Thats insulting to the people that they ask to do it when you dont
put a permanent infrastructure in place to give it credibility.
some political observers doubt Watts, who served four terms
representing Oklahomas fourth congressional district, is a viable
candidate. Writing for National Review, online John Fund said such a run
would lend unwanted attention to Watts work as a pitchman for a
now-bankrupt company that promised free money government grants on
late-night TV infomercials.
is allowed to make a living, Fund wrote, but at a minimum, Watts
pitches touting high-pressure sales seminars teaching people to apply
for free government money undermine his claims to be a true-blue
If Watts isnt true-blue enough for the GOP hard-liners, maybe the party that cherishes parental responsibility can blame parenting. After all, Watts own father, the late J.C. Buddy
Watts Sr., was an avowed Democrat who mused that a black man voting
for the Republicans makes about as much sense as a chicken voting for