Republican leaders in Texas held a conference last weekend to talk about how to prevent that state from going Democratic in the next few years as demographic shifts suggest that’s entirely possible. And one Tea Party leader, probably thinking he was safe in a room full of allies, blurted out the truth:
On Tuesday, Battleground Texas emailed supporters pointing to Texas state GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri’s meeting in Dallas last week, dubbed part of a “Battlefield Dallas” strategy to keep the Democratic Party at bay in the state. The group included an audio clip from the meeting in which Dallas Tea Party activist Ken Emanuelson took a question about minority outreach. Said Emanuelson: “I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.” Emanuelson did not immediately return a call for comment.
Emanuelson did finally get back to them, though. Predictably, he says he misspoke:
“What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.”
Which is a distinction without a difference. There can’t be any serious doubt at this point that the GOP has been furiously passing voter suppression laws all over the country in order to make it more difficult for poor and minority voters to cast a vote. Isn’t it funny how every time they get caught saying something in private that they didn’t know would ever be made public, they “misspoke”?