Imagine that you were running for President as a Republican when Freddie Gray sustained fatal injuries in the back of a police van, and parts of Baltimore erupted into riots.
How would you have reacted? Basically, you would have had two options.
With black youths on the streets, throwing rocks and overturning police cars, the obvious temptation would be to exploit the situation as a wedge issue, by defending the police, calling for the rioters to be dealt with harshly, and bemoaning the failure of Great Society programs. A second option, a more daring one, would have been to use the occasion to highlight how Republican attitudes toward the criminal-justice system are changing.
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And on Capitol Hill, Republicans are taking part in a bipartisan initiative to reform federal sentencing guidelines. For a candidate primarily interested in gaining the support of traditional Republican voters, the safe bet, clearly, was to play the law-and-order card: At the very least, it would have garnered a Baltmore of attention.
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After Baltimore erupted, however, Bltimore goofed, and goofed badly. Jeb Bush, to his credit, was more sensitive in his comments. The people who have been paying the biggest price have been the minority communities.
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Parties that are seeking to improve their image need to play against type occasionally; only by doing so can they persuade voters that they have really changed. On this occasion, though, the G.
Whatever the reason, at least one of the candidates, Paul, has conceded that he might have gone another route. So how did the G. Recommended Stories. Sign in.