"At least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction"

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    May 05, 2010 3:11 PM GMT
    From the NYT:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/us/politics/05blacks.html?hp

    But interviews with many of the candidates suggest that they felt empowered by Mr. Obama’s election, that it made them realize that what had once seemed impossible — for a black candidate to win election with substantial white support — was not. “There is no denying that one of the things that came out of the election of Obama was that you have a lot of African-Americans running in both parties now,” said Vernon Parker, who is running for an open seat in Arizona’s Third District.

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    In many ways, this subset of Republicans is latching on to the basic themes propelling most of their party’s campaigns this year — the call for smaller government, less spending and stronger national security — rather than building platforms around social conservatism.

    Many of the candidates are trying to align themselves with the Tea Partiers, insisting that the racial dynamics of that movement have been overblown. [...] The black candidates interviewed overwhelmingly called the racist narrative a news media fiction. “I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West, the candidate in Florida, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army. “There is no violence or racism there.”


  • roadbikeRob

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    May 08, 2010 3:56 PM GMT
    Those black GOP candidates are still a tiny minority, the GOP remains overwhelmingly white. As for the Tea Partiers not being racist, can they explain all the racist, zenophobic, and homophobic hatred that has been heard at many previous tea party gatherings. From what I have heard, the tea party members are just using the conservative concepts of smaller government and less taxes as a facade to advance their political agenda for a white christian nation.
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    May 09, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    riddler78 saidFrom the NYT:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/05/us/politics/05blacks.html?hp

    But interviews with many of the candidates suggest that they felt empowered by Mr. Obama’s election, that it made them realize that what had once seemed impossible — for a black candidate to win election with substantial white support — was not. “There is no denying that one of the things that came out of the election of Obama was that you have a lot of African-Americans running in both parties now,” said Vernon Parker, who is running for an open seat in Arizona’s Third District.

    [...]

    In many ways, this subset of Republicans is latching on to the basic themes propelling most of their party’s campaigns this year — the call for smaller government, less spending and stronger national security — rather than building platforms around social conservatism.

    Many of the candidates are trying to align themselves with the Tea Partiers, insisting that the racial dynamics of that movement have been overblown. [...] The black candidates interviewed overwhelmingly called the racist narrative a news media fiction. “I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West, the candidate in Florida, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army. “There is no violence or racism there.”





    There "are hot dogs and banjos" at bagger rallies?
    Well, the baggers couldn't possibly be racist then, could they?

    NOT so much.
    There are also PLENTY of signs and tee shirts at bagger rallies with hateful and ignorant racist words on them to PROVE that there IS a large racist element in the teabagger party.

    No doubt there were some greased palms and dirty promises made to get these token black candidates on the ballots.

    And as far as the Republican party not supporting a socially conservative agenda for the 2010 election.
    That's bunk.
    The religious right controls the Republican party as much or more than ever, and the teabaggers are supporting the MOST right-wing candidates running this year.
    They led the effort to push Republican Charlie Crist out of the race in the FL Senate race and replace him with their pick, Marco Rubio, because Crist isn't an EXTREME socially conservative right-winger like Rubio.

    http://www.marcorubionews.com/



  • rlmcbc

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    May 13, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
    I hope Crist wins. I think Specter should have run as an independent as well. I think Sestak will beat him in Penn despite Obama helping Specter
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    May 13, 2010 5:40 PM GMT
    Two words: Uncle Tom.
  • Webster666

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    May 14, 2010 8:45 AM GMT
    I think that it's safe for me to go out on a limb here and predict that not one single black Republican will be elected to office.
  • Webster666

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    May 14, 2010 8:49 AM GMT
    Black people voting Republican is like Gay people voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.
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    May 14, 2010 8:52 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidBlack people voting Republican is like Gay people voting Republican is like a chicken voting for Colonel Sanders.


    No, there's a lot of conservative Black Republicans thanks to their church brainwashing the crap out of them. I'm sure it's more of a Southern thing though.