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,
the true anniversary, along with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid) [Correction from comments: August 28 was the true anniversary; the earlier event was presumably brought forward to fit with Congress´ recess.]
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. The Democratic Party is not always a reliable or effective ally in politics, but it´s the only one they´ve got.