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August 29, 2013 11:05 AM How Today’s GOP Celebrated MLK’s Speech

By James Wimberley

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]

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James Wimberley was head of the mutual assistance section of the department of education for the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and secretary to the Councilís higher education and research committee. He is retired.

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