I hear that Hip Hop Summit honcho Russell Simmons, a loyal Democrat, met in Washington yesterday with Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman, but not with Democratic Party chief Howard Dean. "When it comes to reaching out to poor people and minorities, I think there’s no enthusiasm on Howard’s part, while Ken shows a real willingness to listen," Simmons told me.
Yikes. Let us all hope that the DNC is not taking minority voters for granted. It’s all well and good to try to get the NASCAR dads to vote Democratic again, but if we start losing the base we’re sunk.