NYT discovers record number of black Republicans running for Congress

posted at 11:36 am on May 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

For the past year, the national media has attempted to paint the Tea Party movement and opposition to the Democratic agenda as based in racism, a reaction to the election of the first African-American President in November 2008.  As the New York Times discovers, the reality of the opposition makes that very difficult to believe.  Republicans have fielded a record number of African-American candidates for Congress, most or all of which have entered those contests with enthusiastic Tea Party support.  And for that, the candidates credit … Barack Obama?

Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials. …

But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.

Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.

“I ran in 2008 and raised half a million dollars, and the state party didn’t support me and the national party didn’t support me,” said Allen West, who is running for Congress in Florida and is one of roughly five black candidates the party believes could win. “But we came back and we’re running and things are looking great.”

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.

West called the media narrative about Tea Party racism “fiction,” although the Times does its best to keep the fiction alive.  The article says that videos show signs with “racially inflammatory language” at rallies, but West scoffs:

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 was more violence at May Day rallies this past weekend than there have been in over a year of Tea Party rallies.  Did the New York Times cover those and assign them to the entire liberal politisphere in the manner they do here with conservatives?  Did they link that violence to the immigration-reform movement in the same way they have with no violence at all at Tea Parties with its attendees?

The same media double standard is true with the supposed racism they keep reporting at Tea Parties.  These rallies back candidates like West, Princella Smith, Vernon Parker, Ryan Frazier, and others.  They support these candidates for the simple reason that these candidates best represent their views on governance, fiscal policy, and national security.  Will they all win?  Probably not, although this year looks better than most, but it shows that conservatives have no barriers to entry except on policy and philosophy — just like any other political movement.  The media spin on Tea Parties and conservatives has gotten very, very threadbare — and increasingly desperate.


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Uncle Tom!

/mainstreammedia

/oh hell, the left in general!

CurtZHP on May 5, 2010 at 11:38 AM

Those filthy racist teabaggers.

Matticus Finch on May 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Allen West is the best!

VegasRick on May 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM

Can’t believe the Times ran this. Democrat heads will be exploding wherever the Times is read. Thankfully for those of us who don’t want to have to see exploding heads, the Times isn’t read in very many places anymore. Chances are you don’t live in one of those places so you don’t have much to worry about!

t.ferg on May 5, 2010 at 11:40 AM

They didn’t get the Lame Stream Media moniker by accident.

mwdiver on May 5, 2010 at 11:41 AM

“I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,”

Waiting for the racists at MSNBC to read something into that.

Chrissy: “Banjos? That’s some sort of code!”

CurtZHP on May 5, 2010 at 11:42 AM

vernon parker is a very good man…

me likey too bad I can’t vote for him, I’m not in his district

cmsinaz on May 5, 2010 at 11:42 AM

I don’t know about the other races but Allen West has at least a 50/50 chance to win. And I think we’ll see a few pleasant surprises come November.

BuzzCrutcher on May 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Chrissy: “Banjos? That’s some sort of code!”

CurtZHP on May 5, 2010 at 11:42 AM

you’re not kidding

cmsinaz on May 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

But… I have been told that the GOP is racist and violent. How can this be?

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

Mr. Morrissey, feel free to list all thirty two candidates. Their coffers will thank you, and we’ll all feel slightly less racist greedy prone to violence socialist.

Doorgunner on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

As the New York Times discovers, the reality of the opposition makes that very difficult to believe. Republicans have fielded a record number of African-American candidates for Congress, most or all of which have entered those contests with enthusiastic Tea Party support.

Another failed leftist liberal theory crushed under the hammer of cold, hard facts. The NYT et al. had their little meme, their little theory, and their little biases–but it’s simply not supported by the facts—32 black republican candidates are running for Congress, and, if successful, would serve as a conservative counterweight to the trenchant group of racist victimizers that is the CBC.

Go West!

ted c on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

I do believe Obama deserves credit for inspiring other Blacks to enter into politics.

That is one very good outcome of his election.

And I think it’s great that these candidates are recieving GOP support.

Thumbs Up!

The notion that conservative ideas aren’t shared in the minority communities is simply wrong. People are way smarter than pundits think.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Sure, but these candidates aren’t black black.

Bishop on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

There are far more people of color in the Republican party than you think, NYT.

portlandon on May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

This just doesn’t fit the narrative that the MSM and Left want out there. They only retain power by keeping the division alive and well.

TXMomof3 on May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Allen West in the House of Representatives would be very, very bad for the Democrats and media(I know, I’m being redundant). I fully expect them to do everything in their power to destroy him, but it won’t work. He does not look like the kinda guy you wanna screw around with.

BTW, if several of those black candidates win their races, will they create a conservative black caucus?

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

But… I have been told that the GOP is racist and violent. How can this be?

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 11:43 AM

I think the Right spends way too much time worrying over their “image” painted by the Left. It’s a given that opposites demonize the opposite.

Ignoring is better.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Cries of Racism are the last refuge of the intellectually lazy.

TheUnrepentantGeek on May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

OT: where is the mugshot of Shahzad? Why only the smiling, cool pic?

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

That actual number is 37.

Denverslim on May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I don’t really notice or care about Allen West’s skin color. I notice or care that he’s got the right ideas, speaks off the cuff in a more eloquent manner than Obama does off TOTUS, and has a history of being a real leader.

MadisonConservative on May 5, 2010 at 11:48 AM

Alternate title

“NYTs discovers record number of Uncle Toms running for Congress”.

I don’t care if you’re purple, male, female, believer, or not…just go there, serve, be honest, follow constitution, represent those who voted for you and go the he*l home.

Our founding fathers didn’t mean to create ‘professional’ politicians.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2010 at 11:49 AM

Cries of Racism are the last refuge of the intellectually lazy.

TheUnrepentantGeek on May 5, 2010 at 11:46 AM

amen

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I think the Right spends way too much time worrying over their “image” painted by the Left. It’s a given that opposites demonize the opposite.

Ignoring is better.

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 11:45 AM

I strongly disagree with that. I used to believe it was best to not dignify their smears with a response, but when you try to take the high road, you end up with the majority of Americans believing Bush is a war criminal, Palin is an idiot, Tea Partiers are racists, and Obama is a nice, normal guy who’d make a fine President.

We cannot and must not allow the drive-bys to control the narrative anymore. Far too much damage has been done in the last 40+ years thanks to them.

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

“I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West

Break out your decoder rings and assemble at your designated areas. The goose is loose … I repeat, the goose is loose.

darwin on May 5, 2010 at 11:51 AM

When African Americans and Latinos begin leaving the Dem party in large numbers, the Dem party is doomed. The left’s continued irrational drumbeat of “racist” will only help the day of Dem party oblivion come sooner rather than later.

WordsMatter on May 5, 2010 at 11:51 AM

I can assure all of you that Allen West is the real deal and a liberal’s worst nightmare…

DCJeff on May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

Condi! Condi! Condi!

humdinger on May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

We cannot and must not allow the drive-bys to control the narrative anymore. Far too much damage has been done in the last 40+ years thanks to them.

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

Absolutely. Confront and expose every single lie.

darwin on May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

It’s all to disguise the tea party people’s inheritant, inbred racism.

We run our own narrative now, and so it must be.

tarpon on May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

And for that, the candidates credit … Barack Obama?

Remember that episode from Futurama when Leela becomes the first woman to play blernsball? The character Jackie Anderson (the first woman to play blernsball well) tells Leela that she (Leela) was her role model “since she encouraged women to be try harder than ever in order to prove that they weren’t all like Leela.”

So maybe the article’s right, BO was their role model. Like Shannon Faulkner for women who followed her at the Citadel; future candidates stepped up to show the rest of the world, woah, do not take that first guy as the example, they stink and they’re the exception.

LastRick on May 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Uncle Tom!

/mainstreammedia

/oh hell, the left in general!

As an outspoken black conservative said on the radio here last night, if you actually read the book, Uncle Tom was the hero, and he considers it a compliment.

JamesLee on May 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM

I can assure all of you that Allen West is the real deal and a liberal’s worst nightmare…

DCJeff on May 5, 2010 at 11:52 AM

West is awesome. His actions in Iraq speak louder than any words.

darwin on May 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Another Dem bits the dust…..

portlandon on May 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

The real question, according to Harry Reid, is whether or not they lack the Negro dialect.

scalleywag on May 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

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.

Yet they chose to do so as Rethuglikkkans!!! This is preposterous! Alert the media … oh, wait.

30 pcs of silver on May 5, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Proof that the GOP does not like Hispanics.

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Black Conservatives: The New Face of the GOP from CBN.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ly3xAP_HQAo

D0WNT0WN on May 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM

faraway on May 5, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Heh. +Uno

Abby Adams on May 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Lovin’ every minute of Barracky boy alienating his own;
YES! YES! YES!

Cybergeezer on May 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM

Wait! Is this 2 articles in 1 week from the NYT that I basically agree with? Cue the bagpipes, and “The World Turned Upside Down”.

humdinger on May 5, 2010 at 12:01 PM

“I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West

*snicker*

…banjos.. good one Allen.

Boy, NYT missed the opportunity to ‘deliver’ on the banjo comment. But it does conjure up the most scary movie I had seen by that time in my life. I can understand the NYT might not have been able to spin that one into evidence of racism.

I believe this is the year for Col West!

Texas Gal on May 5, 2010 at 12:02 PM

But according to Reid the real question is what kind of dialect they have?

scalleywag on May 5, 2010 at 12:03 PM

Hey MSM, don’t you just hate it when history conflicts with your narrative?

Daggett on May 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

Time to listen to Rush get into Obambi’s head some more!

Cybergeezer on May 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

I wish I could vote for West, I just live in the wrong state.

scalleywag on May 5, 2010 at 12:04 PM

They aren’t Uncle Toms. They’re extremists, like the rest of us.

kingsjester on May 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

The values of many black people in the U.S. adhere more closely to conservatism. Liberal policies have caused great harm to black communities. Some black citizens are waking up to these facts.

hawksruleva on May 5, 2010 at 12:06 PM

“LastRick on May 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM”

I never watched more than an episode or two of that show, but that was exactly the sort of take I had on the meme, as well.

“Oh, God, what a total embarrassment. If we don’t do something quick, people are going to think we’re all like him.”

notropis on May 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

I like what I’ve seen from Vernon Parker in AZ-3. Seems like a worthy successor to John Shadegg.

Red Cloud on May 5, 2010 at 12:08 PM

A recent New York Times/CBS News poll found that 25 percent of self-identified Tea Party supporters think that the Obama administration favors blacks over whites, compared with 11 percent of the general public.

Meaningless stat included… just to keep the “Tea Party=Klan Rally” card alive.

mankai on May 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

“I hope they’re all clean and articulate.” – Joe Biden

mankai on May 5, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Allen West is the real deal. None of those leftie blood suckers can hold a candle to him.

Send him a few bucks if you can.

saiga on May 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

Record number? Well great. They are getting energized. Please dont let whats in the Oval Office right now be a model of blacks in politics.

johnnyU on May 5, 2010 at 12:17 PM

I don’t really notice or care about Allen West’s skin color. I notice or care that he’s got the right ideas, speaks off the cuff in a more eloquent manner than Obama does off TOTUS, and has a history of being a real leader.

Being extremely handsome doesn’t hurt. :)

Bob's Kid on May 5, 2010 at 12:18 PM

How can that be? Us conservatives are all raaaciist!

chicken thief on May 5, 2010 at 12:19 PM

Ed, you do know that the Army wanted to court martial Colonel Allen West don’t you? I believe the little snits also stopped him, by 3 days, from getting his army pension.

Do you know why?

FOR PROTECTING HIS MEN!!!

Do you know what David Petraues and Stanley McCrystal are up to now?


New Medal Considered For Military: The ‘Courageous Restraint’ Award

The practical application of this would mean that Lt. Smith would get a commendation/medal for not calling in air/artillery/direct fire on the enemy even though the enemy, who would otherwise be dead, would go on to kill Sergent Jones and Corporal Rodgers.

If I somehow magically became President my first order of business would be to appoint Allen West as Secretary of Defense. My second order of business would be to have him arrest David Petraues and Stanley McCrystal and lock them both up in a mental institution for the criminally insane.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 12:20 PM

There was more violence at May Day rallies this past weekend than there have been in over a year of Tea Party rallies. Did the New York Times cover those and assign them to the entire liberal politisphere in the manner they do here with conservatives?

Let’s not be ambiguous about it. The left, including the LSM, are using dishonest, deceitful tactics to try to destroy us. Lies are all they have left that might save them—or, perhaps if they feel the inevitability of their dreams being torn asunder, even Obamacare itself being repealed, (when they thought they were so close to nirvana), they may begin looking for some excuse to postpone elections.

Whether they’ll carry it that far or not doesn’t change the fact that we are already in a “cold” civil war. They’re trying to destroy us by any means at their disposal short of direct violence, this includes creating and sustaining the most vile fiction. That’s where we are right now and I think it qualifies it as a cold war.

The left are playing the role of the U.S.S.R., naturally, spewing their vile propaganda over the airwaves, while we are playing the role of the U.S.A..

FloatingRock on May 5, 2010 at 12:21 PM

No politician has ever impressed me like Allen West has. West is the best presidential material I’ve seen in a long, long time. I hope the RNC recognizes his potential; I believe he is destined for great things.

Eren on May 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM

I guess selling yourself as …

with the Blackness of Obama and more sense than any 5 White House employees

… may seem a sure thing, but with a little nuance, you might get those 5 White House employees to vote for you.

J_Crater on May 5, 2010 at 12:27 PM

Great Conservatives who might be black:

Pastor Stephen Broden – Dist. 30 TX
http://www.brodenforcongress.com/

Star Parker – Dist 37 CA
http://www.starparkerforcongress.com/

Michael Willams – Senate TX (get outta the way Kay Bailout)
http://williamsfortexas.com/

Allen West – (of course) Dist. 22 FL
http://allenwestforcongress.com/

Ken Blackwell – New RNC chair (get outta the way Michael Steele)

Larry Elder
Shelby Steele
Herman Cain
Walter Williams
Thomas Sowell
Project 21 http://www.nationalcenter.org/P21Index.html
Raging Elephants http://www.ragingelephants.org/
Jesse Lee Peterson http://bondinfo.org/

There are many more but I don’t have time here.

These are great Americans who might be black. They don’t see color first they see country first. Just like conservatives.

uber-con on May 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I hope the RNC recognizes his potential; I believe he is destined for great things.

Eren on May 5, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Unless he’s a spineless moderate who wants to play footsie with the racist left, I wouldn’t hold my breath.

CurtZHP on May 5, 2010 at 12:29 PM

But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix,

Why does the NYT get a pass for such blatant Racism?

Chip on May 5, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I wish Allen was POTUS instead of this bho we have now. Can you just imagine what a difference our Republic would be like if he was? I would vote for him if I could.
L

letget on May 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Add another name to the list: STEPHEN BRODEN from Dallas, running against Eddie Bernice Johnson in US Congressional District 30.

parteagirl on May 5, 2010 at 12:36 PM

Would the Won dare to refer to these people of color with the “T” word?

Don L on May 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

I do believe Obama deserves credit for inspiring other

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

He does, but not by example. He inspired his opposition like no other could. When he’s finished he’ll have been the most antagonistic and divisive president, ever.

Schadenfreude on May 5, 2010 at 12:38 PM

They just dont get it. Most Republicans dont give a rats ass if you’re black, green or purple. If you have the same values and love your country you are welcome. They count the colors, we are the real rainbow.

faol on May 5, 2010 at 12:42 PM

I will have the honor of voting for Col.Allen West this August. Can’t wait to defeat the liberal elitist snob, Ron Klein.

roninacreage on May 5, 2010 at 12:43 PM

If Lt. Colonel West were POTUS instead of Barry the Childish, there would be some HOPE for our nation’s future.

But he is the wrong political color for the jihad-apologist press.

profitsbeard on May 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

As an outspoken black conservative said on the radio here last night, if you actually read the book, Uncle Tom was the hero, and he considers it a compliment.

JamesLee on May 5, 2010 at 11:53 AM

That cannot be pointed out enough. The same people who misrepresent the AZ immigration law (who haven’t read it, no doubt) are the same ones who denigrate Uncle Tom. And I’m sure they haven’t read the novel.

NebCon on May 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I loved this guy since he bucked the rules and blew a round off in the ear of a subhuman killer, the left knows them as freedom fighters.

He broke a rule that saved Americans

the left makes rules to kill them

go Allen

Sonosam on May 5, 2010 at 12:44 PM

I do believe Obama deserves credit for inspiring other

AnninCA on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 AM

Absolutely correct!

Remember, there would have been no French Underground if not for the German invasion. Thank you, Adolph!

mankai on May 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

African-American?
Ahhhh!
Africa is a freepin’ continent-not a race.
Does anyone remember Kim Dutoit? He used to have a huge pro-second amendment blog.
Kim was born in South Africa and became a naturalized US citizen.
Joel Pollack is running against Jan Schakowsky in Illinois and he could win. He was also born in South Africa and grew up here.
Both gentlemen qualify as ‘African-American’…and both are white.
Someone who’s black and was born here is just like me…an AMERICAN!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 5, 2010 at 12:46 PM

It’s amazing to see the lengths that liberals will go and the trash that comes out of their mouths when blacks try to escape the Dem Party Plantation. They are called race traitors, Oreos, Uncle Toms and on and on. Sec. Rice, Judge Thomas, and Gen. Powell will attest to that.

In fact the most disturbing abuses of the black population by the government have come from democratic administrations. 1850 Fugitive Slave Act and the Dred Scott decision. After emancipation, there were government-enforced Jim Crow laws denying blacks basic liberties and court decisions such as Plessy v. Ferguson that reinforced and gave sanction to private acts that abridged black people’s liberties. All were sponsored by Democrats. Even the 1964 Civil Rights Act was possible only when republicans rallied to Johnson and passed the law. People like Al Gores father dem from Tennesee filibustered the law. Then lets not forget the Grand Kleegle of the Qlan in the Senate Robert Bird, Democrat.

Black people are welcome in the Democratic Party only if they know their place. No independant thought is allowed or tolerated.

Kuffar on May 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Well so long as they are good candidates, fine by me. I mean Allan Keyes and Colin Powell are black and technically Republicans last I looked, but I wouldnt vote for either of them.

Its very tempting to get caught up in the “in your face” aspect of this because of the rampant and accepted racism on the left.

Dash on May 5, 2010 at 12:50 PM

Beware the Obamawock, my heroic one!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Bubbub bird, and shun
The frumious Tyrantsnatch!”

Colonel West took his vorpal sword in hand
Long time the demxome foe he sought
So rested he by an old oak tree
And stood awhile in thought

And as in thought he stood
The Obamawock’s Bubbub bird with words to inflame
Came whiffling through the tugly wood
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two!
Red, White and Blue!
The Colonel’s vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it’s attacks dead, and with its head
He went galatphing back

Cheshire Cat on May 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

In my little deep south (North Carolina) county, our local Republican party has been adding vocal, passionate black members for years. they run for office, sometimes winning, sometimes not, but always with the party’s support. They tend to be some of the most articulate voices for our values that we have.

longbeachpirate on May 5, 2010 at 12:51 PM

“There are no American troops in Baghdad.” -Baghdad Bob

“All is well!” -Kevin Bacon in Animal House.

“There are no Black Conservatives!” -Liberal Larry

Kafir on May 5, 2010 at 12:55 PM

I love how the candidate’s “double hurdle” includes…

…white Republicans, who sometimes do not welcome the blacks whom party officials claim to covet as new members.

No bias there.

pjaromin on May 5, 2010 at 12:57 PM

Col West is a BAAAAAD Mutha Fu…. watch yo mouf.

Wha he is!

Say it President WEST!
I think he may be our man.

TheSitRep on May 5, 2010 at 12:58 PM

There’s a black republican-Rev. Isaac Hayes-running against Triple J. I’m voting for him-of course-but because of all the government teat-suckers in IL 2 he has no chance of winning.
I might also add that IL 2 is the seat that at one time belonged to Gus Savage and later Mel Reynolds.
White candidates of any political stripe have no shot at taking that seat again just because of demographics.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 5, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Where have all the good men gone
And where are all the gods?
Where’s the streetwise Hercules
To fight the rising odds?
Isn’t there a knight upon a fiery steed?
He’s gotta be strong
And he’s gotta be fast
And he’s gotta be fresh from the fight!
x
Somewhere just beyond reach
There’s someone reaching back
Racing on the thunder and rising with the heat
It’s gonna take a superman to lift America off it’s feet
He’s gotta be sure
And it’s gotta be soon
He’s gotta be larger than life
x
Up where the mountains meet the heavens above
Out where the lightning splits the sea
I would swear there’s someone somewhere
Watching thee and me
Through the wind and the chill and the rain
And the storm and the flood
I can feel Allen West’s approach
Like a fire in the blood

- Bonnie Tyler

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 1:04 PM

The media spin on Tea Parties and conservatives has gotten very, very threadbare…

Doesn’t mean they’re gonna stop f-ing that chicken any time soon.

Midas on May 5, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Good for us and them. I hope they do us proud.

jeanie on May 5, 2010 at 1:14 PM

I could care less about their color/gender/orietation. What I DO care about is a person’s ideals and beliefs! Not being a liberal democrap is a huge first for anyone.

Maybe the NYT & Democraps think this:

http://www.wavlist.com/movies/074/lw2-black.wav

VikingGoneWild on May 5, 2010 at 1:17 PM

Unlike Zero I’ll bet none of these worthy fellows will have trouble presenting their credentials, academic records and long-form birth certificates.

viking01 on May 5, 2010 at 1:29 PM

During Woodrow Wilson’s day, the Democratic Party embraced the Klu Klux Qlan (apologies for the spelling, censors are at work). Black’s had been fairly represented at all levels of the Federal Government. Wilson decimated their ranks and they still have not recovered from that. Senators Byrd, Thurmond (before he changed parties) and many other Southern Democrat Senators vigorously opposed civil rights legislation. It was the Republican Party, pre-Nixon Southern Strategy days, that more fairly represented Blacks and other minorities in the country.

That there are Blacks who still remember that should not come as a surprise.

– Mark B

Kuffar on May 5, 2010 at 1:29 PM

Hm, troll-free thread…

Just shocked I tells ya.

Doorgunner on May 5, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Great to see black Americans breaking free from the race-based politics of the DemoRat party and running for office with the party that represents their values.

As always in our party, the candidate that works the hardest, embraces the public policy positions that most GOP primary voters embrace, and best inspires the voters on the stump will win and represent the party in the general election.

My experience so far has been that the black candidates in the GOP have too often lacked solid business and/or government experience to run on. Too many sociology professors and ministers, and not enough corporate counsels, independent investors and CFOs. It’s hard to leave a life of blaring success and financial reward to get abused in Our Crap Politics, and for blacks they have the added joy of having virtually all of the other blacks they know calling them racists, and race traitors, and Uncle Toms, and making racist comments about them.

It’s remarkable that there are this many candidates willing to fight this fight. Good luck, all!

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM

White candidates of any political stripe have no shot at taking that seat again just because of demographics.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 5, 2010 at 12:59 PM

Yeah…it’s a racially gerrymandered Demorat district.

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 1:41 PM

uber-con on May 5, 2010 at 12:28 PM

I like your list, and make no mistake: I would never vote for Steele or Powell. They are both RINO douches like my a**hole Senate candidate Mark Kirk.

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM

We cannot and must not allow the drive-bys to control the narrative anymore. Far too much damage has been done in the last 40+ years thanks to them.

Doughboy on May 5, 2010 at 11:50 AM

I totally agree. The GOP has not been firing back & at some point, the bombardment will destroy everything if you don’t fire your own guns & start doing some damage back.
And I always thought ‘race’ was such a stupid thing.
I mean, genetically, races are only here on this earth bcs of genetic isolation & the environment.
Race means nothing.
All it is is different frequencies of alleles from one group to aother, depending upon the environment their ancestors came from.
Whoopee.
I’ve never considered treating someone differently bcs of the color of their skin.
I demand the same excellence from all of my students, no matter what color they are, or whether they are rich or poor.
I know that doesn’t fit in w/ the multi-culti mindset of teachers, but I’m an odd-ball in my school.

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 1:46 PM

GO Allen West!

Allen West on Government and the Economy:

“Abandon the wasteful and corrupt spending practices and transfer the wealth of this Nation back to the people. Stop using our tax code as a weapon in class warfare.”

Allen West on National Security

“The government exists to protect the life, liberty, & pursuit of happiness for the American people. To provide for the common defense & national security, we must not fail to recognize the enemy.”

Allen West on the Federal Reserve

“The Fed is in the practice of lending to non-member type institutions, in violation of its own original charter. The Fed answers to no one and sits in a position to effect our National fiscal policy.”


Allen West on Federal Taxation

We need tax reform that transfers the wealth back to the American people, not a fiscally irresponsible government. Our progressive tax system results in approximately 45% not participating.”

“Lower our business tax rate, it is the second highest in the world. There is no reason why we should have capital gains, or death tax. Lastly, we must stop taxing social security benefits.”

Allen West on States Rights

“The 10th Amendment is a constitutional right. America is a republic and it was established with the focus on individual rights and freedoms, and respecting the rights of its States.”

“There will be times when the Federal Government must supercede, Brown vs. Board of Education, Jim Crow segregation laws, and voting rights.”

“I support the 10th Amendment, especially right onow where we have a tyrannical regime in Washington seeking to enact a liberal socialist agenda.”

Allen West on the Middle East

“We MUST stand by Israel, for if we do not, then the bullseye is placed on America.”

“Israel is the only bright light in the Middle East, which respects the Rule of Law and individual rights and freedoms. A tiny Country surrounded by a sea of radical Islamic terrorists.”

“We made a commitment to the establishment of the State of Israel in 1947, honor that covenant.”


Allen West on Innocent Life

“Abortion is a National security issue, why do we maintain a culture of death while facing an enemy with a birthrate of 8.1? The current US birthrate is about 1.6. For a society to sustain itself 2.1 live births are required. This goes back to the basic mandate to protect, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Abortion is not about a woman’s freedom, it is about honoring what is most sacred, human life.”

Retired Lieutenant Colonel Allen West for US Congress 22 District
allenwestforcongress.com

From Alan West’s FDI speech:

A nation goes to war against an ideology, and that’s what we’ve been talking about here today. We’ve been talking about the fact that we are against something that is a totalitarian theocratic political ideology and it is called Islam. This is not about Muslims. It is just the same as in Nazi Germany: not every German was a Nazi. Just the same as when I was in Iraq in 2003, not every Iraqi was a member of the Baath party. What I am talking about here is an ideology that has existed since 622 AD, since the 7th century. . . . You need to understand the traditions of Muhammad. When he wrote letters to Chosroes, the Persian emperor, when he wrote letters to Heraclius, the Byzantine emperor, that said “You have three choices: you convert, you subjugate, or we’re coming to get you.”. . . . We are already in a declared war, and if we do not have the type of leadership that can understand that, that can study this enemy, this adversary, we are on the road to perdition right now in this great country. . . . It is about what Islam says: the word means submission. And I don’t know about you all here. I’m not living as a dhimmi. I’m not living subject to any other type of ideology except for that which is written in the Constitution of these great United States of America.

and

In response to a former marine’s question [ff-1:38]at a Hudson Institute panel who asks, how do you answer people who say that the terrorists are following a “warped” version of Islam, West stresses the historical consequences, past and present:

“You want to dig up Charles Martel and ask him why him why he was fighting the Muslim army at the Battle of Tours in 732? You want to ask the Venetian fleet at Lepanto why they were fighting a Muslim fleet in 1571? You want to ask…the Germanic and Austrian knights why they were fighting at the gates of Vienna in 1683? You want to ask people what happened at Constantinople and why today it is called Istanbul because they lost that fight in 1453?”

Rewatching that last link, and again witnessing the current flavor of authority in CYA mode — like, “punt-the-question-Babbin”, “hopeful-for-more-rational-voices-Myers”, and “plead-the-fifth-snort-giggle-McCarthy” . . .I shake my head in despair.

heroyalwhyness on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

for blacks they have the added joy of having virtually all of the other blacks they know calling them racists, and race traitors, and Uncle Toms, and making racist comments about them.

It’s remarkable that there are this many candidates willing to fight this fight. Good luck, all!

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 1:35 PM

I see that with the Indians around here, too.
The peer pressure to be a punk & a bum are overwhelming.
The adults in these communities really need to step up.

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 1:49 PM

how do you answer people who say that the terrorists are following a “warped” version of Islam,

heroyalwhyness on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Thanks for the info. I like West even more.
I just tell them to read the Koran.
If they did, they would know that any ‘version’ of Islam mandates the:
killing of infidels
lying to infidels when they have power over the muslim (i.e. entering into false treaties)
demanding conversion
killing of apostates
demanding the subjigated & unconverted into dhimmis (if they don’t kill them 1st)
& of course I could go on.
None of that can be refuted.
That is what their ‘religion’ tells them they must do.
This ‘religion’ is at odds with Western ideals.
It is just another political system disguising itself rather poorly as a religion.
But of course no one can believe that bcs the news tells them different.
Mindless robots.

Badger40 on May 5, 2010 at 1:56 PM

I like your list, and make no mistake: I would never vote for Steele or Powell. They are both RINO douches like my a**hole Senate candidate Mark Kirk.

Jaibones on May 5, 2010 at 1:43 PM
It’s been suggested to me that if Alexi wins conservatives have a better shot at getting one of ours in next time… but if SMirk wins we’re stuck with an uber-RINO.
Regardless, I don’t know if I can vote for SMirk.
I’m seriously considering 3rd party for the senate race.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 5, 2010 at 2:01 PM

I saw the video of Allen Wests’ FDI speech and he was AWESOME! No word mincer at all. Just the facts. This is great! I wish I could vote for him, Star Parker, Herman Cain, et al, but unfortunately not in their states. I still have (morons) Schumer and Slaughter to deal with. Lord, please send us some help here.
Tell ya what, between all of the republican WOMEN and now this, life may just be getting better and there may actually be a light at the end of the tunnel that is NOT a train! WOO HOOOOOOOOO

sicoit on May 5, 2010 at 2:02 PM

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