Top Democrat strategist prepared secret document advising Democrat Party not to wait to knock black Republican Senate candidate Michael Steele down...
And now, with a copy of a top national Democrat strategist's "internal document" in hand, Steele has proof of exactly that. It's like manna from heaven.
This is one exciting U.S. Senate race all of us will want to watch closely.
Read more below and here. Also, this is another black Republican Congressional candidate, in North Carolina, whom the liberals are big-time attacking: "Black GOP Congressional Candidate Vernon Robinson (NC) has a refreshingly bold TV ad that has whipped the liberals into a hysterical frenzy! The Rainbow Coalition has demanded that Vernon Robinson take the TV ad down because, among other things, it features Jesse Jackson's mug shot...."
"Poll Finds Steele May Be Magnet for Black Voters...."
"An internal document prepared by a top Democratic strategist warns that a majority of African American voters in Maryland are open to supporting Republican Senate candidate Michael S. Steele and advises the party not to wait to "knock Steele down."
The 37-page report says a sizable segment of likely black voters -- as much as 44 percent -- would readily abandon their historic Democratic allegiances "after hearing Steele's messaging."
"Governor Ehrlich and [Lt. Gov.] Michael Steele have a clear ability to break through the Democratic stronghold among African American voters in Maryland," says the March 27 report by Cornell Belcher, polling consultant for the Democratic National Committee, which bases its findings on a survey of 489 black voters in Maryland conducted last month....
In 2002, Steele became the first African American elected to statewide office in Maryland, and he has designed his Senate campaign to cut into the black support that has traditionally flocked to Democrats.
More than a half-dozen Democrats are vying for the open seat being vacated by Paul S. Sarbanes (D), including the former head of the NAACP, Kweisi Mfume.
Maryland Democratic Party Executive Director Derek B. Walker said the study verified what, internally, party strategists had already concluded: that African American voters who have served as a reliable base for generations cannot be taken for granted. "It confirms that in this day and age, everyone expects us to do more than just rest on history," Walker said....
The DNC survey finds that 22 percent of black voters support Steele when matched against a "generic" Democrat....
There are other aspects of the survey, though, that Bositis says are consistent with national findings. Among them: that young black men represent a voting bloc far less loyal to Democrats. It also finds more support for Steele in Baltimore than in Prince George's County, more backing among churchgoers, and stronger support among those without a college degree.
In an interview in his State House office yesterday, Steele clutched the DNC report like a football coach who just got his hands on the opposing team's playbook. He said a copy "landed on our doorstep" in the past week. "This explains everything," he said. "They're afraid of what I represent. They're afraid of the fact that African American voters have options, and I'm one of them."
Steele focused on two aspects of the document: the finding that a high percentage of black voters have connected with his message and the recommendation that the Democrats attack him early.
"Voters need to know they're trying to make me into something I'm not," Steele said.
He deflected questions about a potential vulnerability exposed in the report. A message that resonated with black voters identified Steele as "George W. Bush's hand-picked candidate," the survey found. It's a message Democrats have tried to exploit.... "
Connecting Steele to national Republicans . . . can turn Steele into a typical Republican in the eyes of voters, as opposed to an African American candidate," it (the report) says. That has been the aim of the Democrats in the race....
Steele says he will fight Democratic efforts to frame the campaign around national issues. His campaign Web site and literature do not identify his political party and do not mention his long and close ties to the White House. "I am independent in thought," he said. "What I'm about is what's important to Marylanders...."