Republicans across the country had high hopes that Mitt Romney was their man, that they would take back the White House from those dreaded Democrats in the 2012 presidential election.
Then the minority vote came in overwhelmingly for the ticket led by President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The GOP then vowed to institute its outreach to the minority community.
Oops! Then along comes a Nevada state assemblyman to say he’d vote to bring back slavery if his constituents told him they wanted it.
End of outreach … maybe.
Assemblyman Jim Wheeler said he was being “facetious.” That means he didn’t actually mean it. He was joking. He meant it as, what, a put-on?
No one is laughing about it.
It is utterly astounding that someone would make such a statement, even if he or she is offering it as some kind of sick joke.
A Facebook friend shared with me a quote attributed to the great Irish statesman and political philosopher Edmund Burke:
“Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”
Assemblyman Wheeler has demonstrated that he possesses neither judgment nor an ability to serve.
He has delivered a terrible body blow to the Republican Party’s effort to re-brand itself.