Where was the party of Lincoln at the commemoration of the March on Washington and MLK’s great speech?
Former President George H.W. Bush: too poorly to attend (he’s 89)
Former President George W. Bush: recovering from surgery
Former Governor Jeb Bush (invited to stand in for other Bushes): other engagements
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: no reason published (spoke at a special Capitol event on July 31, along with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid)
House Speaker John Boehner (invited to speak): other engagements
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (invited to speak): other engagements
Former GOP Presidential candidate Senator John McCain: other engagements
African-American GOP Senator Tim Scott: claimed not to have been invited, then pled other engagements.
The earlier Capitol event provides a figleaf, but where was it on TV? If the GOP were serious about reaching out to black voters, its leaders would have been fighting their way to Obama’s microphone on the Mall with their crutches.
African-Americans will draw their own conclusions.
[Cross-posted at The Reality-based Community]