Ken Mehlman, the departing chairman of the Republican National Committee, warned on Thursday that his party would suffer even more devastating losses in 2008 than it did in 2006 if it did not reach out to minorities and address voter concerns about ethics.
He said that if Republican officials shrugged off the repudiation of the party in the 2006 elections they would lose the White House in 2008 and remain in the minority in Congress indefinitely. He said the party had to recommit itself to political reform, fiscal restraint and personal ethics.
In good news for Democrats the Republican idea of how to reach out to minorities is to select Senator Mel Martinez of Florida, who emigrated from Cuba as a child, as the party’s new general chairman. There was no mention in the article of any awareness by any Republicans, including those who want to reach out to minorities, that the presidential candidacy of Tom Tancredo, Republican representative from Colorado, will have a much greater negative impact on how Latino voters view Republicans than any positive impact of having Mel Martinez as their general chairman.