Every once in a while, I read a story like this:
(Hmmm…it’s odd that we would find this in a British paper and not, say, the Austin American Statesman. I wonder why? But the Statesman did spend a lot of ink on my typos!)
In the context of these articles, there is an underlying theme that the nebulous “Republican Leadership” do not recruit black candidates because the mythical “Republican Base” will not vote for them. These “Leaders” are the same ones that disparage the Tea Party and the Tea Party candidates.
(Black, i.e. short for Americans who, just coincidentally, have an African ancestry. Just like the term “White” is short for Americans who, just coincidentally, have a European ancestry. We are fellow Americans, brothers and sisters, with different ancestry. Being American is the relevant part. The differences in ancestry, while they may be interesting, are largely trivial to me.)
It may be true that the “leadership” believes it. But why would they? Personally, I think that the idea, that the base won’t vote for black Americans, is horse puckey!
When GW was Governor, he put more black candidates into statewide office than ANY Democrat, ever! And we Republicans, (we-the base, the Tea Party) have voted to keep them there. And GW appointed more black Americans to positions of real power than any prior president. On the other hand, Democrats won’t vote for black Republicans and call them “Uncle Toms”.
I believe that the “Leadership” may be out of touch with the base. It has happened because they read and listen to the “Main Stream Media”. And the “Main Stream Media” overflows with articles about how the Republican base is made of bigots. But nothing on our side of the aisle can compare to what the Democrats did to Clarence Thomas. And it was a Democrat that called Dr. Rice an “Aunt Jemima”. And it was an African-American Democrat acquaintance who described Michael Williams as an “Uncle Tom” and did it with a seething rage.
I believe that we, the vast majority of the Republican Party base, DO judge people based on the content of their character and their accomplishments. We have, in deed, proven it.
The “Republican Leadership” should have more faith in us.
Steamboat Jack (my evil twin)