Last night, the Republican Party used the convention to make serious appeals to women and minorities, with inspirational but also no-nonsense appearances by New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
It’s no secret that the GOP needs to attract more minorities and improve its standing with women in order to survive. But it also has to do so without compromising its principles. That’s why these two speeches Wednesday night were so important.
Unlike Ann Romney’s vacuous and pandering “I love you, women” presentation Tuesday night, Martinez and Rice presented stirring stories of women who had overcome hardship and discrimination to rise to the highest rungs of the ladder of success.
Without having to even say so, they told the vast TV audience that the Republican Party is a place where women can thrive, and that the Party possesses a philosophy that benefits women just as much as it does men.
GOP Chairman Reince Priebus, who has made great strides to revive the Party from the moribund days of Michael Steele, was smart to make sure Martinez’s entire speech was seen during the 10:00 pm ET hour, when the networks finally tune in. Condi began before 10:00 pm.
Everyone already knows Condi, and Republicans are simply not going to pick up many black votes with an African American running for reelection against them.
Martinez offered up a powerful speech that showed why she was considered a possible vice presidential pick this year.
Martinez and Condi broadcast the message Republicans must make voters understand: That opportunity, not government, is what carries minorities to success.
And putting these two extraordinary ladies on as the warm up to Paul Ryan said “I love you, women” in the loudest manner possible, whether the woman be a homemaker, a career woman, or just someone clinging to a job, trying to make sure their family survives.