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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heroyalwhyness on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

WHEW! You go girl! Thanks for this.

sicoit on May 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

The media spin on Tea Parties and conservatives has gotten very, very threadbare — and increasingly desperate.

The media spin has always been desperate, Ed. They’ve been working this angle since the Tea Partiers reared their heads last year. Never before has the conservative movement been so vocal and energized. The media elites and their allies are sh!tting bricks in fear of what is to come in November. And thus desperation is all they have to fall back on.

glennbo on May 5, 2010 at 2:04 PM

I wonder if Allan Keyes and his mental illness injured the image of black Republicans in ways that Michael Steele–not Obama–has repaired. Of course, there are many thing to fault Michael Steele about, but he’s sane and likable.

thuja on May 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

If pity was the same as racist hatred and elitist liberals were an actual “race” then “yes”, I must confess to being their bogeyman.

miles on May 5, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Maybe that’s why you “never see any black people at Teaparty rallies.” They are busy running for congress and taking action.

Grafted on May 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

I wonder if Allan Keyes and his mental illness injured the image of black Republicans in ways that Michael Steele–not Obama–has repaired. Of course, there are many thing to fault Michael Steele about, but he’s sane and likable.

thuja on May 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Different strokes for different folks. I prefer Keyes.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I wonder if Allan Keyes and his mental illness injured the image of black Republicans in ways that Michael Steele–not Obama–has repaired. Of course, there are many thing to fault Michael Steele about, but he’s sane and likable.

thuja on May 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Nice slander there champ.

Inanemergencydial on May 5, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I wonder if Allan Keyes and his mental illness injured the image of black Republicans in ways that Michael Steele–not Obama–has repaired. Of course, there are many thing to fault Michael Steele about, but he’s sane and likable.

thuja on May 5, 2010 at 2:26 PM

Different strokes for different folks. I prefer Keyes.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

Although if I was wanting to have a big time in the old town tonight, on campaign contributors dime, then I guess I would have to go with Michael “Party like it’s 1999″ Steele. Or maybe I should say Steal.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 2:45 PM

heroyalwhyness on May 5, 2010 at 1:48 PM

You may already know this but Allen West is a supporter of Geert Wilder and visa versa.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 2:54 PM

Different strokes for different folks. I prefer Keyes.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I was a fan of his but after what he did in Illinois in 2004 I wouldn’t vote him in to clean the blackboard erasers now.
Yeah-I know the state GOP committee wanted a black guy to run against Zero after they forced Ryan to drop out-but Keyes couldn’t have been a worse choice!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 5, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Maybe that’s why you “never see any black people at Teaparty rallies.” They are busy running for congress and taking action.

Grafted on May 5, 2010 at 2:36 PM

What you mean is that’s why most of the black folks at Tea Parties are on stage. Not only are they part of the movement: they’re the leaders!

Herman Cain 2012

Animator Girl on May 5, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Also, heard JC Watts speak in KCMO this weekend, and even though he insisted he’s not considering higher office any time soon, HOLY CRAP WOULD HE BE FABULOUS. Please reconsider, Mr. Watts!

Animator Girl on May 5, 2010 at 5:41 PM

…and ya’ll said I was nuts when I predicted this on the day after the election.

Saltysam on May 5, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Different strokes for different folks. I prefer Keyes.

MB4 on May 5, 2010 at 2:40 PM

I’m sorry. Keyes can sound like a rational person when he wants to, but he’s definitely a few fries short of a happy meal.

ElectricPhase on May 5, 2010 at 7:34 PM

There was more violence at May Day rallies this past weekend than there have been in over a year of Tea Party rallies.

The only violence at Tea Party’s that I’m aware of came from the other side – from the thugs at the S.E.I.U. who beat up Kenneth Gladney, and bit off an innocent bystander’s finger- 2 stories which were utterly ignored by the lapdog media.

In addition to the violent May Day rallies, we also had the New Orleans incidents, committed by anarchists who admitted on their website (or should I say, “bragged”) that they had forcibly pushed in doors. Time will tell whether they were responsible for assaulting Jindal’s financial guy and breaking the leg of his girlfriend. I know this theory has been pooh-poohed here (out of an abundance of caution) and at Michelle Malkin’s, but considering what has occurred since (and what is happening today in Greece), it may be time for a second look.

Obama should be denouncing these violent acts but he’s too busy chuckling about “tea-baggers” and lecturing college students and the like about how uncivilized and potentially violent it is to refer to him as a “Socialist”.

Buy Danish on May 5, 2010 at 8:03 PM

MB4 –

‘Courageous Restraint’ Award

No doubt, approved by Code Pink. Oy.

You may already know this but Allen West is a supporter of Geert Wilder and visa versa.

Excellent! Luv them both!

heroyalwhyness on May 5, 2010 at 8:11 PM

I believe John Ziegler said it best (video):

CONTESSA BREWER/MSNBC: We just got a new poll out that shows that the majority of American’s don’t know who speaks for the Republican party.

What about Sarah Palin? Does she feel at all concerned that she’s not seen as a voice for the Republican party?

JOHN ZIEGLER: Let me get this straight. You find this surprising or shocking that because you in the media portray Republicans as old white men that the public perceives Republicans as old white men, and you destroy in a blatant character assassination Sarah Palin’s character and the public thinks that she’s not worthy of that at least in some terms?

Change out Palin for blacks and reference Uncle Tom character assassinations of conservative African-Americans and you have another example of how lamestream media desperately tries to pull those crabs back into the minority plantation USS Democrat hull.

Bonus: Above link has link to Liz Cheney schooling Norah O’Donnell/MSNBC that US national security policy and state secrets are not racist either.

FeFe on May 6, 2010 at 8:17 AM

NYT discovers record number of black Republicans running for Congress

Pardon my french, but who gives a cr@p about the color of their skin…..so long as the candidates are conservative!

olesparkie on May 6, 2010 at 8:21 AM

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