J.C. Watts for RNC chair?

John Bresnahan, Politico, December 2, 2012

Former GOP Rep. J.C. Watts says he is being “encouraged” by supporters to run for chairman of the Republican National Committee, a move he says could broaden the party’s appeal to minorities.

Watts is not formally entering the race, and he is not critical of current RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who has already announced he will [pursue a] second term in the post.

But Watts, an African-American conservative who served in the House from 1994-2002, said the GOP defeat on Election Day demonstrates that Republicans need to broaden their appeal to minority voters, and cannot continue on their current path if the party is to be successful in presidential races.

“My concern right now, and I don’t say this necessarily as a candidate [for RNC chairman], my concern is that as a Republican, every single Republican in America ought to be concerned about what has happened in 2008 and 2012,” Watts said in an interview with POLITICO. “In this business, if you’re not growing, you’re dying.”


Watts complained that Republican efforts to reach out to minority groups have not been sustained or consistent during his 20-plus years as a politician, but rather are executed on ad hoc basis—usually in election years. {snip}

“These old, tired, pathetic models of saying, ‘Okay, in the black [community], when there’s a presidential election, we will form an African-American Coalition for [Mitt] Romney or [Sen. John] McCain,’ I’ll never do that again. That is a joke, that is so tired,” Watts said. “It’s window dressing to say, ‘African Americans for Romney’ or ‘African-American Coalition’ or ‘African-American Advisory Council.’ That’s insulting to the people that they ask to do it when you don’t put permanent infrastructure in place to give it credibility.”


The Oklahoma Republican insisted he wasn’t slamming Priebus personally, yet said prominent African-American conservatives weren’t used effectively by the Romney campaign or GOP to counter Obama’s appeal to black voters or other minority communities.

“I don’t know Priebus,” Watts said. “That’s like [Speaker] John Boehner saying, ‘I don’t know President Obama.’ Or Obama saying, ‘I don’t know [Sen.] Mitch McConnell.’ … For the first time since I’ve been a Republican in 1989, I can’t tell you who is in charge of trying to establish deeper relationships with non-traditional constituencies, especially in that black space at the RNC. I have no clue who it is.”

“We’ve so allowed the left to define diversity, that we don’t like talking about diversity, we don’t like talking about multicultural things,” Watts said. “To me, I take a biblical view on diversity and multicultural issues… We shouldn’t be afraid to discuss it.”


Yet Watts faces a steep uphill fight—at best—for the RNC post if he decides to formally enter the race. Priebus, the former Wisconsin GOP chairman, took over the RNC in 2011 after ousting Michael Steele, the first African-American to head the GOP. Priebus is widely credited with helping rebuild the committee’s finances after a disastrous run under Steele. When Priebus took over the RNC, it was $22 million in debt, which has been eliminated.

Priebus has already announced that his seeking a second term as RNC chairman and looks to have more than enough votes wrapped up at this point to guarantee a win even if Watts does decide to formally challenge him. Of the 168 voting members who get to pick the RNC chairman, Priebus has at least 130 votes locked up, and possibly as many as 150, said party insiders.


[Editor’s note: Mr. Watts does not strike us as a very inspirational Republican.]


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  • Mark Tenney

    The GOP’s problem is why Northern Whites rejected it. Because the GOP has embraced the politics of White middle class destruction. This is the Bush family vendetta.

    Lamar Smith’s green card STEM bill takes away Tea Party jobs and gives them to foreigners.

    The GOP wants to commit suicide by alienating Whites. It has worked in the North.

    The GOP has not earned the White vote in the North or the South.

    • Guest

      Bizarre logic.

      • Mark Tenney

        Bizarre logic by GOP to fire Tea Party members from computer jobs and replace them with Dems from China.

    • C_C_Conrad

      It may well be that this is part of their plan, then they can have an excuse to give in to the non-whites.

  • Didn’t Watts endorse Obama in 2008?

    Priebus is widely credited with helping rebuild the committee’s finances after a disastrous run under Steele.

    That’s because Steele let black subordinates use RNC credit cards at “lesbian bondage bars.” I never knew such establishments existed before I read that news. Part of me was curious enough to find out what happens at a “lesbian bondage bar,” but I ultimately resisted when I feared that whatever I would see, I could never possibly un-see.

    • The__Bobster

      No, he didn’t, but he took his good old time about endorsing MexCain.


      In 2008, Watts announced he was developing a cable news network with the help of Comcast, focusing on a black audience,[44] and that he considered voting for Barack Obama, criticizing the Republican party for not practicing outreach to the black community.[45] Reports showed he contributed to John McCain, but not to Obama.[46]

      • Tucker

        Juan McCain is a RINO piece of greasy, virulently and obsessively, anti-White, self-hating, self-loathing, white race genocide craving, psychopathic war mongering, Israel-lobby owned and subservient slab of greasy bacteria of the flavor one might find if one embarked upon an excavation project beneath a heavily used outhouse.

        Whites had better learn how to recognize and shun these filthy race traitorous White RINOS, because are Enemy #1.

  • Biff_Maliboo

    I’m sure Hannity and the “We Are Not Racists. See?” faction of the Tea Party have already wet their collective slacks with glee over this prospect.

    • C_C_Conrad

      They anti-whites just can’t wait to be ruled by non-whites. They have a surprise coming though. Read Wilderness Empire & look up the word Quaker. http://www.bing.com/search?q=Wilderness+Empire&form=MOZSBR&pc=MOZI
      Jack’s War

    • AutomaticSlim

      You beat me to it!

      Hannity the neo-con just loves his “good friend” JC Watts.

      Check out Watts’ wikipedia page. Find out about what he did as a teenager…


      • i am

        This is what it says.

        “In high school, Watts fathered a daughter with a white female, causing a scandal.[11] Their families decided against an interracial marriage because of contemporary racial attitudes and Watts’ family took care of the child until she could be adopted by Watts’ uncle, Wade Watts, a Baptist minister, civil rights leader and head of the Oklahoma division of the NAACP.

        Watts married Frankie Jones, an African-American with whom he had a second daughter during high school, in 1977. He graduated in 1976 and attended the University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship.”

        • Tucker

          Excellent decision by the White female’s family. The only thing they apparently neglected to also do – was to exile their race traitorous, permanently tainted White daughter from their family.

          Sounds rather harsh, right? Well, it is going to require a ruthlessly hard nosed, no compromise, no exceptions mindset to make danged sure that the White race stops producing greasy, stinking, nauseating, absolutely despicable race traitors like Chrissy Matthews. And, we most certainly do not need more mulattoes like the mixed race Robert Mugabe clone who currently contaminates our White House and who hates his white genes with such an incredible passion, that I suspect that the only reason he was awarded the Nobel “Peace” Prize was to praise him for the incredible self discipline it must take for him not to try to find some way to exterminate the white genes that were mistakenly and unnaturally injected into his body at birth.

  • It makes no difference who is the figurehead of one of the factions of the ruling party -republicrats.


    Watts blocked Congress from moving against affirmative action. He threatened to quit the GOP if the leadership didn’t shelve plans end racial discrimination against whites. Yet most grassroots conservatives are in love with him.

    Why are conservative white men so stupid?

    • The__Bobster

      So did Newt-Wit Gingrich.


      Stupid? Yes. Conservative? No.

      • Bernie

        Yeah, Watts pressured the “conservative” Gingrich to put a halt to any attempts to end quotas even though the GOP had the votes to do it and the issue was almost universally popular with Republican rank-and-file and even many white Democrats.

        So the bid to end affirmative action was squashed by Gingrich and the GOP lost the 1996 elections rather than work for the interests of their own base.

        If the GOP did end quotas they would probably still be winning rust belt states like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. But they are led by oafs and geeks like Gingrich, Rove and Steele.

        Come to think of it, Watts would be the perfect GOP head.

      • C_C_Conrad

        Pro-white-genocide, YES!

      • One of the prime movers trying to get the House to ban affirmative action during those years, Charles Canady, is now the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court.

    • Mark Tenney

      They should have said take Condi with you and we wouldn’t have had 9/11 from her incompetence.

    • i am

      This rulers of this country have bred the inhabitants to be docile bread dead idiots. Cattle were bred the same way to make them easier to control and slughter

      • C_C_Conrad

        Read – Revolution From Above.

        Jack’s War

    • Jeff

      This is an ongoing problem. We need to all send letters to the GOP saying something like, “I vote Republican because I’m white. Please actively support white interests.” You don’t even need to put your name or contact info on it. If they got a million or so cards like that they would have to notice.

      As everyone here knows, the GOP has “drank the koolaid” and it’s listening to its misguided strategists, when they should be listening to the Sailer strategy. Get the white voters, forget the rest, and forget what the media has to say about it! This idea has been discussed here many times but unfortunately the leadership needs some courage and thinking outside the box to do that.

    • Oil Can Harry

      So what if Watts saved affirmative action and bashed the Confederate flag? He’s a former college football player! To millions of white men that trumps everything!

      They’d be swooning even more if he had played pro football like those all-around good guys Ray Carruth and OJ Simpson.

  • BillNY

    Congressman J. C. Watts appeared on the ‘Imus In
    The Morning’ radio show. The following dialogue took place. .

    Imus: What does JC stand for?

    Watts: Julius Caesar.

    Imus: Why did they give you a name like that?

    Watts: My father was into Greek mythology.

    • IstvanIN

      My, that is sad. Julius Caesar was not only a real man, but a Roman!

  • Seek

    J.C. Watts was a fine quarterback. But as RNC chairman he’d be an utter disaster. He’s the epitome of why guilt-ridden whites within the GOP read signals 180 degrees removed from reality. They think the party’s defeats in 2008 and 2012 were caused by not reaching out to nonwhites. In fact, it was caused by not reaching out to fellow whites.
    Watts is the Afro that Jack Kemp always fantasized about being.

  • MerlinV

    Watts knows how to exploit a particular niche; ‘hey you guys, I’m one of you. I can help you with your minority problem.’

    Uh huh right. When it comes right down to it, I have yet to see any black that didn’t fall back on RACE in th final analysis. Ala Colin Powell. Not impressed with bro Watts.

  • Fire Eater

    The stupidity of the Stupid Party is breathtaking…I remember the “great accomplishments” wrought by previous “affirmative action” minority-fawning Chairmen Mehlman (what an embarrassment!) and Steele in ’06 and ’08.

    I believe the destiny of Western Civilization passed from the talking shop to more “traditional” means of acquiring and wielding power on November 6. Bad and worse are coming and you had better be prepared.

  • Tucker

    Coming on the heels of the racial breakdown for November 6, 2012’s election – and the CLEAR evidence that the vast, overwhelming majorities of every non-white racial group are perfectly out of sync with the traditional and historic White European majority, as well as fully opposed to the founding principles upon which this nation was based – for the GOP leadership to even be floating the idea of once again placing a non-White into a position of ‘leadership’ of a party that cannot win elections for a local dog catcher position without White voter support, this clearly shows the depth and intensity of utter contempt that the GOP leadership has for it’s base.

    Stop voting for Republicans, White man. Bring this vile and despicably evil monster of a political party to it’s knees, White man. Destroy the GOP, White man. The GOP is our #1 enemy – get that through your thick skulls, White man.

  • John

    JC Watts is not a conservative. He is another affirmative action, pro-Black clown.
    The deleterious effects of affirmative action are too numerous to recite here, but suffice it to say, all race-based ideologies from egalitarianism, to affirmative action, to civil rights laws have disassembled and broken North America and Europe beyond repair.
    We have read countless stories of fire fighters, entire police forces, and all manner of government positions being filled with Blacks who completely fail to meet the standards of certification and qualification. Of course, their failures are rewarded due to the color of their skin.
    The worst two words in the legal language are “disparate impact”. Under the misguided tenets of disparate impact and affirmative action, race literally trumps all.
    What affirmative action says to Whites is, “Every standard or test that you have ever had to measure up to, adhere to, pass, satisfy, or otherwise meet was absolutely meaningless, because race is more important than ability, merit, and standards.”
    Consequently, I find it impossible to look at a Black doctor, lawyer, policeman, fire fighter, scientist, or even a used car salesman without knowing that he/she wasn’t the beneficiary of a complete dismissal of the rules and standards that you and I have to live by.
    As for JC Watts, he is simply another affirmative action clown. The success that he has enjoyed was bestowed upon him by Whites who removed all standards in order for him to succeed. He exists in the masquerade that Blacks perpetually live in, within the race charade that we all play, unwittingly or otherwise.

    • i am

      Excellent post.

  • SLCain

    That would be a real coup – to get J.C. Watts as the RNC Chair. Why, the Republicans could increase their share of the black vote from 1% to 1.2%, who knows, maybe even 1.3%

  • Joseph

    Watts is not that conservative. He is *somewhat* and the idiot Republican “leadership” thinks that the eyewash will bring in all dem affican-American voters -just like they thought of that “grey” Colin Powell who is now barking for His Hopefulness.

    When push comes to shove, they do what is in the interest of their perceived race, and why shouldn’t they, but more to the point, why shouldn’t WE?

    Give up on this 10% or that 12% or the other 3% and go after the 70%! The math is pretty simple, even for politicians. If they can’t convince the whites to support traditional
    Anglo-European/American tradition, culture and law, they sure as heck
    are not going to convince an alien nation of the benefits.