Bloggers Ask: Can the GOP Win Women and Minorities?

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Now that the first real day of the Republican National Convention is underway, pundit and armchair pundits finally have something to tweet about. Race and gender keep popping up, even with the official “We Built This” theme.

Here’s something interesting. Earlier Tuesday the Congressional Black Caucus hosted a Tweet-up with the hashtag #havehisback. Jack and Jill Politics asks:

Is Charlie Rangel, octogenarian, actually tweeting on his smartphone OR is a young staffer ghost-tweeting? How exactly does the CBC plan to #HaveHisBack during this election season which is likely to get more brutal and more racial?

The College Republicans are keeping their eyes on the economy:


On The People’s View and Feministing, they’re talking about Chris Matthews bringing down the boom on RNC Chair Reince Preibus for Romney’s birth certificate “jokes”.

I really, really, really appreciate that the responsibility of calling the GOP in their signaling and race talk strategy is not solely on the shoulders of a person of color or woman. The language is divisive and sometimes, we really need other people (white folks) to speak up when they see it. It means that we’re not crazy or hypersensitive. And no, Tom Brokaw, Romney’s birther joke is not ‘a demonstration of his awkward sense of humor.

On to tonight’s speaker lineup. As Julie Ross Godar reports, Tuesday night is Ladies’ Night at the RNC.

The Donald is looking forward to hearing Ann Romney speak tonight:


Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed isn’t so excited about Delaware Lt. Gubernatorial candidate Sher Valenzuela. She’s taking the stage tonight to give a speech along the “We Built It” theme. BuzzFeed points out that Valenzuela is also an expert is in getting government money:

Valenzuela gave a PowerPoint-presentation to the Wilmington Women In Business forum in May entirely focused on working with the government to get government grants and contracts to build your business.

Remember the Presidential Cookie Bake-Off? Seems Ann has already been spotted giving reporters homemade Welsh Cakes:


The bottom line is – unlike most Ladies’ Nights where the ladies get treats, these GOP women have their work cut out for them. Their job tonight is to convince the viewing public that the Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is the right man for the White House – a job made harder by fellow Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Christie went on TV this morning saying he doesn’t think the Republican party needs to do anything different to court women voters.


Watch this video from CBS News This Morning.


Exactly how much heavy lifting is needed to close the gender gap between Romney and Democratic incumbent Barack Obama?


Our bloggers are on the floor at the RNC in Tampa tonight to find out…

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News and Politics Editor Grace Hwang Lynch blogs at HapaMama and A Year (Almost) Without Shopping.

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