Meeting with and attempting to appease a group of Black liberals long past their past their prime is not the way to get black people to join your party, talking to and promoting issues in which your party has the other party beat such as family, education, abortion, the sanctity of marriage and finances is:
What a difference a nomination makes.
Now that he's wrapped up the Republican nomination for president, Sen. John McCain has decided to attend the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Cincinnati in July. A year ago when he was just one of a pack of GOP contenders, he turned down the civil rights group's invitation.
McCain disclosed his plans in an interview with the African-American publication Essence, which was released Tuesday. Asked how he might reach out to the black community, McCain replied that he would "go to places and venues that would allow me to continue a dialogue with the African-American community. I will go to the NAACP convention."
McCain noted that he "talked about the need to include 'forgotten Americans'" during a visit he recently made to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., where Alabama state troopers and local sheriffs deputies stormed and beat 800 blacks and whites marching for voting rights on March 7, 1965.