Scott picks running mate in FL gubernatorial contest

posted at 3:18 pm on September 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Rick Scott stunned Florida AG Bill McCollum to win the Republican nomination for governor in the race to replace Charlie Crist, who chose poorly in deciding to run for the Senate rather than a second term.  Scott’s opponent, Alex Sink, and the Democrats have already lashed out at Scott for his past business dealings as well as his links to the Tea Party movement, which they hope to paint as extremist and out of touch with Florida voters.  Scott may stun them again with his choice of running mate, state Rep. Jennifer Carroll, whose life story reads like a Hollywood script:

GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott on Thursday morning announced that state Rep. Jennifer Carroll of Jacksonville will be his running mate as lieutenant governor.

“I am honored that Jennifer is the first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida,” Scott said.

“Jennifer Carroll is the embodiment of the American dream. She came to America as a young girl, decided to serve her country with the United States Navy, pursued a higher education, started a small business, and then was elected the first African-American female Republican in the Florida Legislature,” said Scott, who launched a new website featuring his new running mate (www.ScottCarrollforFlorida.com).

“Her conservative principles are in line with mine, and this fall we will present a clear choice between conservatives with business experience and a plan to create 700,000 jobs and liberal Obamacrats who want to bring the failed Obama agenda to Florida,” Scott said in a statement to his supporters.

Townhall’s political editor Guy Benson thinks this could be a game changer, and points to her biography and her ability to reach across some contentious divides.  Carroll belongs to both the NAACP and the NRA, for instance.  She spent 20 years as a naval officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  Carroll also softens Scott’s hardline image, which was necessitated by his fight against McCollum.

Given Scott’s connections to and support from the Tea Party, Carroll also shows that mainstream small-government conservatives come from all backgrounds and communities.  That can only help both Scott and the conservative grassroots activists in Florida and elsewhere, although that shouldn’t really be news.  Marco Rubio vaulted into the frontrunner position in Florida’s Senate race after embracing the Tea Party.  Diversity has become the hallmark of Tea Party favorites like Rubio, Sharron Angle, Nikki Haley, Col. Allen West, Renee Ellmers, and so on.

In the immediate aftermath of the tight primary, Rasmussen had this race at a dead heat:

Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Alex Sink are about as close as they can be in the first Rasmussen Reports survey since Independent Bud Chiles announced his intention to withdraw from Florida’s gubernatorial race.

The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Scott picking up 45% of the vote while Sink draws support from 44%. Nine percent (9%) prefer some other candidate and two percent (2%) are undecided.

Look for a bump updward in Scott’s numbers in the next survey.


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The NAACP? Oh HECK NO. That so totally disqualifies her! Ick! Ewww! No way!

(Hey, it had to be done. Wouldn’t want Bradky to feel like an idiot or anything, would we?)

Bob's Kid on September 2, 2010 at 4:29 PM

Google images has photos that age her a little more … gracefully.

Jaibones on September 2, 2010 at 4:30 PM

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:10 PM

I think this will finally give her the leg up she needs to get in the door and show what she can do. I wish I could adequately convey what a smart move this is on Mr. Scott’s part.

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Any man who can risk large chunks of his personal fortune in a successful effort to politically neuter Jeb Bush by electorally slaying McCollum is a man who commands immediate respect. Rick Scott earns even more respect with this pick.

And all of you ninnies who hid under your beds at the sight of Rick Scott’s aggressive campaign better man up and support this giant killer.

BradSchwartze on September 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Independents presumably don’t care what color their elected representatives are, and everyone already knows that GOP voters don’t give a rip. We’ll love her because she’s a veteran with the same political views as the Tea Party dude.

End result: Scott was going to win anyway.

Jaibones on September 2, 2010 at 4:24 PM

You must have been out of town in 2008. Let me fill you in. A completely unqualified socialist got elected president simply because of the color of his skin. There are a lot of people who will vote for the person who makes them feel good about themselves, and people feel good when voting for a black person and for a good looking person.

pedestrian on September 2, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Another thing, she has announced that in the primary she voted for AG McCollum. Mending the fences.

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:33 PM

It’s time for CNN to announce the winner in Florida. This was a smart pick, and he will win easily.

connertown on September 2, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Has the media Palinized her yet, or are they saving that for tomorrow?

JavelinaBomb on September 2, 2010 at 3:59 PM

they will wait to see if she is a threat and increases Scott’s poll numbers. If so they will, if not they won’t

unseen on September 2, 2010 at 4:38 PM

I keep thinking anbout Alvin Greene in SC.

I can’t defend Dem primary voters in SC, but they were selecting from two candidates they had never heard of, let alone seen.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Watch out Ms Carroll, the Palin smear team is boarding their airplane as we speak.

PaCadle on September 2, 2010 at 4:45 PM

Great story. But let me also highly recommend, as a great read and success story, The Ditchdigger’s Daughters by Yvonne S. Thornton and Jo Coudert. (Hey, I’m a guy and I cried at least four times.) A Black New Jersy ditchdigger and his cleaning lady wife spurred on five of their own daughters, and one adopted one to make something of their lives, and achieve the American dream. Of the five still living, two are doctors, one a dentist, one a Ph.d. and lawyer, and one a nurse.

If you check Amazon, you can find pretty inexpensive copies.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 2, 2010 at 4:46 PM

MikeA on September 2, 2010 at 4:18 PM

“She is smart and capable” — okay

“She is a smart and capable black woman” — not so much

Stating expressly something so obvious — that she’s black and woman — suggests the writer may feel ‘smart’ and ‘capable’ are unusual traits for black women.

Ask ‘clean and articulate’ Joe Biden about it.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Cindy Munford on September 2, 2010 at 4:31 PM

Made my day. Thanks, Cindy!

Florida is on a roll.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Alex SUnk
I voted fr McCollum, but my opinion of Scott just went way up. Brilliant and good for Florida, we need more candidates like her. Florida has the prereqs to develop 700K jobs once the job killers are out of the way!

Anybody else can’t wait till November?

Rea1ityCheck on September 2, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Wait. THAT girl lady woman is old enough to have served 20 years and gone on to a second and now third career?

More importantly: why are Republican so damn cute? Discuss.

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As for her qualifications – and Scott’s argument for voting for the ticket – I’m completely sold. I’d vote for him/her at least 3 or 4 times. And I don’t live in Florida.

Although I do agree with prior commenters: her blackness and femaleness are irrelevant (well, except her cuteness, which I have no problem with at all).

I really do look forward to the day when we don’t have to make a big deal out of every new (insert minority here) that gets nominated or elected to some position.

But I dig her background. Her history.

Also, she’s very cute. And I’m going to Hell.

Professor Blather on September 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM

BTW, lost in all of this political correctness is the fact that she’s from Trinidad. So technically, she’s not “African-American”.

Doughboy on September 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Where she’s from really no longer matters on that front. I’ve heard various news outlets refer to actual Africans (as in people living in African nations) as “African-American” rather than just black.

darury on September 2, 2010 at 4:58 PM

I inexplicably left the word “women” out of that “Republican women” are cute comment above.

Freud would be fascinated.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Professor Blather on September 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

BTW, lost in all of this political correctness is the fact that she’s from Trinidad. So technically, she’s not “African-American”.

Doughboy on September 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

So does that make her a Southern-Caribean-American?

DrStock on September 2, 2010 at 5:03 PM

RACIST!!!!

UNCLE TOM!!!!

….just saving time for Grow Fins.

victor82 on September 2, 2010 at 5:07 PM

I inexplicably left the word “women” out of that “Republican women” are cute comment above.

Freud would be fascinated.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Professor Blather on September 2, 2010 at 5:00 PM

I thought that was very mature of you.

myrenovations on September 2, 2010 at 5:08 PM

I can’t defend Dem primary voters in SC, but they were selecting from two candidates they had never heard of, let alone seen.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

As a resident of SC, I am calling this BS. People who vote Dem are retarded “gimme free money” people. They don’t care who it is, just as long as it’s a “D” they know they don’t have to work for sh!t anymore.

MadDogF on September 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Look for a bump updward in Scott’s numbers in the next survey.

Updward! covers both bases

maverick muse on September 2, 2010 at 5:30 PM

There are a lot of awesome Black Republicans running this year. I find this so energizing. We are going to take this country back from the Dems with the help of these people. They are realizing that their freedom doesn’t come from the Democrat Party.

BetseyRoss on September 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

I would really like to see this American, with her expert pistol ribbon, be packing heat while campaigning…only to the purpose of driving the anti-gun nuts over the edge. Yes, I know it would backfire (pun intended) and she’d be Palinized to the max allowed by liberal-think. But still…….

Robert17 on September 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Your post is incomplete without mentioning that Carroll was a McCollum supporter. That’s why she’s a brilliant pick, not that other stuff.

Ronnie on September 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Cue the misogynistic hate-based Media/Democrat attack machine.

Bruce MacMahon on September 2, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Also, she’s very cute. And I’m going to Hell.

Professor Blather on September 2, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Indeed she is. See ya there. :)

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 5:46 PM

BTW, lost in all of this political correctness …

Doughboy on September 2, 2010 at 3:42 PM

I doubt anyone hates PC more than I do. I surprised myself by reacting so strongly to a slip that I’d usually let pass. But it really does reek, and it irks me that it’s coming from our own people for a candidate who would seem to deserve so much better.

So how about this: Sarah Palin is a smart and capable white woman. :)

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Nearly an hour into the post and you’re 0 for 5.

BobMbx on September 2, 2010 at 4:21 PM

It was intentional – the fact i said it probably prevented it. You know sort of how Palin operates – master plan behind every word…. /sarc

Bradky on September 2, 2010 at 6:13 PM

I was a McCollum supporter and don’t trust Scott. However, I’ll have to vote for him anyway. His choice for Lt. Gov. is not that important to me but as soon as I saw this my first thought was….why does it always have to be framed in *race*?

“I am honored that Jennifer is the first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida,” Scott said.” So What???

jatfla on September 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

well played Rick Scott. Well played.

JohnGalt23 on September 2, 2010 at 6:15 PM

…but as soon as I saw this my first thought was….why does it always have to be framed in *race*?

“I am honored that Jennifer is the first African-American Republican woman to be part of a statewide ticket in Florida,” Scott said.” …

jatfla on September 2, 2010 at 6:14 PM

I know, that was part of my reaction too. Better to skip the cheapening, self-serving race talk and let the facts speak for themselves, especially when the facts are so obvious.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 6:26 PM

The smart man would never utter one word about race in this contest. That ought to be the whole point.

Mojave Mark on September 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

It would be great if we could just not mention race and let the pictures tell the story, but for right now, at least at the beginning, an announcement like Scott’s “first African-American Republican” comment is useful, if not necessary. It amounts to a shot over the media’s bow: “F* you, Tingles.” Let’s just see if Scott is bright enough to let it go at that. The lady’s cute, and seems to be bright and to have a decent resume, so once the intro’s over it shouldn’t be necessary to point out the obvious.

Regards,
Ric

warlocketx on September 2, 2010 at 6:54 PM

damn she’s fine. Good on the issues too.

Daemonocracy on September 2, 2010 at 7:11 PM

So….since she’s “cute” that gives her electability in the gentlemens’ minds??? My husband is over 6 ft., has blue eyes, sweet personality, belongs to the NRA, is retired military…..so, should all the women vote for him???

I am not a feminist and she may be very qualified for elected office (I’ve never heard of her before & I live in Fla.) but something about this reflects badly on the criteria of who Americans choose as their leaders. (i know i’m off course so i’ll stop; just makes me angry.) George Washington & Abe Lincoln weren’t “cute” but they were leaders. I WANT A SENSIBLE LEADER!

jatfla on September 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

I WANT A SENSIBLE LEADER!

jatfla on September 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

So do we, jatfla, and I agree it leaves a sour taste in the mouth. But this is the United States in 2010 CE, not Utopia in neverending time, and we have to play with the cards we’re dealt according to the dealer’s rules.

Regards,
Ric

warlocketx on September 2, 2010 at 7:45 PM

Heh, that’s an older picture. She’s got a few hard miles on her since then but is still holding together pretty well.

Alden Pyle on September 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM

The smart man would never utter one word about race in this contest. That ought to be the whole point.

Mojave Mark on September 2, 2010 at 6:46 PM

That is indeed part of the point. And team GOP better shape up, upgrade its writers, or the lefties will chew up this not-so-smart team and spit Scott out over it. You know how they operate.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 8:01 PM

Heh, that’s an older picture. She’s got a few hard miles on her since then but is still holding together pretty well.

Alden Pyle on September 2, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Sure, but if she accomplished what she did back in those days, she’s not just accomplished. She’s almost a pioneer.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 8:04 PM

jatfla on September 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

I don’t think anyone here is suggesting that looks are any prerequisite for elected office.

Some of us are saying…

1. It’s fun when it happens.
2. Boys will be boys.

In other words, it’s all in fun.

petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 8:10 PM

this calls for a righteous patriotic Navy song!

sing it fellas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acnt3r6z5ns

ted c on September 2, 2010 at 3:24 PM

.
I can’t help myself:
.
sing it fellas.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InBXu-iY7cw

mrt721 on September 2, 2010 at 8:46 PM

As a resident of SC, I am calling this BS. People who vote Dem are retarded “gimme free money” people. They don’t care who it is, just as long as it’s a “D” they know they don’t have to work for sh!t anymore.

MadDogF on September 2, 2010 at 5:19 PM

This is not in any way prejudiced.

Nonfactor on September 2, 2010 at 8:47 PM

GO DOLPHINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Heh.

ex Dem from Miami on September 2, 2010 at 8:54 PM

Has anyone at all mentioned the fact that in addition to intelligent, talented and extremely qualified, Jennifer is cute?

None of us will be lonesome in Hell, but hey, the truth is the truth.

Mr. Grump on September 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Just a note of caution. I don’t know anything about her. However, a retired LCDR (O-4), for someone that started as an Ensign (O-1), indicates they failed to select for CDR (O-5). Plenty of reasons for that, so it may not be bad.
On the other hand, if she started out as enlisted, then this indicates very rapid promotion, which is a sign of sustained superior performance in jobs of increasing responsibility.

NaCly dog on September 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM

So… wait, I’m just curious, does Ms Carroll call herself an African American if she was born in Trinidad and emigrated to the US as a child? Wouldn’t that make her a Trinidad-American? Or something?

I mean, it doesn’t really matter, I suppose. But it is a bit weird.

Jewels on September 2, 2010 at 10:18 PM

This is not in any way prejudiced.

Nonfactor on September 2, 2010 at 8:47 PM

You are in no way a factor.

=]

Inanemergencydial on September 2, 2010 at 10:54 PM

I can’t defend Dem primary voters in SC, but they were selecting from two candidates they had never heard of, let alone seen. that won’t stop me from trying.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Truly pitiful.

notropis on September 2, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Best of all she’s HOT!

First there was Sarah Palin, and now I’ve got Jenny here to fantasize about as well!

leereyno on September 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM

Ask ‘clean and articulate’ Joe Biden about it.
petefrt on September 2, 2010 at 4:47 PM

How bout saying she’s a Mustang!
She went in as a non-designated striker, made Rate and Rank then went OCS.

That is the hardest road.

Jennifer enlisted in the Navy in 1979, and rose through the ranks from an enlisted Jet Mechanic to retire as a highly decorated Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer after 20-years service.

Jennifer resides in Clay County and is married to Mr. Nolan Carroll. They have three children.

You had a notable career in the U.S. Navy, advancing from a newly-recruited enlisted person to the officer ranks in 20 years. Tell us how that transpired.

It was about staying focused. The recruiter told me it would be easier to become an officer if I came in enlisted. That was my first mistake (Carroll laughed). But in hindsight he did me a favor. Becoming an officer by coming up through the enlisted ranks I got more respect from my subordinates because they knew I understood what they were going through. They looked up to me for guidance.

The school of hard knocks worked well for me but I was focused when I enlisted on becoming an officer. That was the path I wanted to take. When they opened up Officer Candidate School, I already had my associate degree because I went to school full time while I was working full time. By the time I put my application in I had already done so much. I didn’t go to school for aviation mechanics in the Navy.

It was all on the job training and I took the tests for advancement and passed them along the way. I didn’t realize I had so much going for me until I applied to Officer Candidate School.

DSchoen on September 2, 2010 at 11:37 PM

I’m not impressed.

I am not impressed by anyone that calls themselves “African-American”, nor am I impressed by anyone that calls other people that, including Morrisey and Allahpundit. Unless they’ve got dual citizenship (which means they shouldn’t be in public office), they should be called “Americans”, flat out, plain and simple. This is not a socially Conservative mindset (something I know isn’t something that we should expect to see out of Morrisey or Allahpundit); not the Conservative way of seeing things. We’re all supposed to be Americans, here (except Obama, perhaps), so all this hypenation crap needs to be thrown out the damned door.

I AM SICK TO DEATH OF IT. KNOCK OFF THE BS.

She’s an American, presumably, and just happens to be black. That’s all there is to it, and anything additional is social liberalism, which is despicable.

I am a Christian, a Veteran, a Conservative, a StraightEdger, a Republican, Goth, and I just happen to be black. This “African-American” stuff has no place on a site that claims to be Conservative.

Virus-X on September 3, 2010 at 12:31 AM

So….since she’s “cute” that gives her electability in the gentlemens’ minds??? My husband is over 6 ft., has blue eyes, sweet personality, belongs to the NRA, is retired military…..so, should all the women vote for him???

I am not a feminist and she may be very qualified for elected office (I’ve never heard of her before & I live in Fla.) but something about this reflects badly on the criteria of who Americans choose as their leaders. (i know i’m off course so i’ll stop; just makes me angry.) George Washington & Abe Lincoln weren’t “cute” but they were leaders. I WANT A SENSIBLE LEADER!

jatfla on September 2, 2010 at 7:21 PM

She’s a looker, so guys are going to talk about it. The same way women waste money, usually ours :p, on glamour mags with hot women on the cover, it’s an attention grabber. People like good looking people, both men and women.

After acknowledging her looks, openly and loudly, us men will then scrutinize her more closely…

Daemonocracy on September 3, 2010 at 12:51 AM

If the media and Democrats (I know, I’m repeating myself) don’t support this ticket, we can call them racists just as they claim we are for not supporting Obama.

This will be fun!

RJL on September 3, 2010 at 1:01 AM

Trinidad has a rich and varied history with a strong Spanish component. One might even say Hispanic and not be far off… should one be wanting to throw ethnic nets far and wide.

LaMonte on September 3, 2010 at 1:59 AM

Virus-X on September 3, 2010 at 12:31 AM

I totally agree Virus-X. With a caveat. While I don’t particularly like the hyphenated descriptions of our citizenship and abhor the laughable notion that we’re divided into races instead of just ethic backgrounds, even nice people are curious about the differences. I’m a big dumb white guy and my wife is of a mixed ethnic background. Very thoughtful people when they meet her will still compliment her about her beautiful long dark hair and then ask what her parents background is. The story of how her parents met, an American Soldier of Latino/Native-American background falling in love with a beautiful young Japanese girl during the occupation of Japan after the war is a tale for Hollywood. And she is always pleased to tell the story. But again, there is no bigger American Patriot than Mrs. Hawk. She was born in the old Womack Hospital right here at Ft. Bragg and just considers herself American.

hawkdriver on September 3, 2010 at 6:24 AM

Rep. Carroll is my state rep and she’s awesome. This just proves how good candidates start with choosing the right folks in state and local elections.

gatorfanatic on September 3, 2010 at 7:40 AM

This “African-American” stuff has no place on a site that claims to be Conservative.

Virus-X on September 3, 2010 at 12:31 AM

I agree, Virus-X. That being said, there is an aspect to this that just cannot be denied.

Freedom loving patriots are in a battle of epoch proportion. The very principles enshrined in our American way, Declaration of Independence, and Constitution are on a precipice. And the Left is ruthless. Actually, sometimes I think when it comes to politics, conservatives think its a Sunday afternoon game of croquet, while the Left considers it the execution of their enemy.

They have successfully created a media virtual reality that conservatives are the only group of people that are exempt from all their rules of supposed “tolerance”, while they patchwork their entire house of cards together with “tolerance” of every conceivable classification of separate identities. They literally beat the American public over the head with it like a baseball bat.

And now, while their back is up against the wall and they have no argument (as usual), the media is busy painting the Tea Party movement as the KKK. They use “brown skin” and “white skin” in the most despicable way to divide us as a nation.

While we stand here on this precipice, their is nothing more beautiful then seeing good conservatives that just happen to be a lovely shade of brown popping up all over the place fighting to save this nation from her enemies.

I’m so willing to beat them over the head with a baseball bat for a change, and shove the Left’s identity politics right back in their face like a big hairy middle finger, while all the glass of the Left’s media camera’s catch it on prime time.

The Left is on the ropes and they have no argument. So they use their standard weapon of identity politics when all else fails. I say it’s time to decimate their repulsive narrative once and for all.

Then, after their metaphorical last dying breath, we can leave this country to the next generation and continue on as Americans that just happen to believe in freedom.

Saltysam on September 3, 2010 at 10:27 AM

While I don’t particularly like the hyphenated descriptions of our citizenship. . . .

hawkdriver on September 3, 2010 at 6:24 AM

I’m more concerned about “highfalutin” people, most of whom, I’ve noticed, seem to be Democratic.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on September 3, 2010 at 11:33 AM

AFRICAN AMERICAN CONSERVATIVES was lucky to spend an hour interviewing Jenner Carroll about a year ago. We found her to be a fantastic woman and we knew she was destined for bigger things.

If you like, check out our interview with her here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/aacons/2009/09/09/interview-with-jennifer-carroll

DarkKnight3565 on September 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

Good move by Scott. We need to see more outreach

georgealbert on September 3, 2010 at 1:23 PM

DarkKnight3565 on September 3, 2010 at 11:39 AM

That was awesome. After listening to the entire interview, there is no doubt that we not only want this woman as a prominent icon of the Republican and Conservative movement nationally, we want her to remain a committed member of the NAACP to accomplish those things within the organization that are her professed goals. The portion where she discussed her conversation with Julian Bond floored me.

hawkdriver on September 3, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Even in the newer pictures, she’s nice looking. Just waiting for the race hustlers to come after her. Bring it, fools!

Ward Cleaver on September 3, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Thanks hawkdriver! I’m grateful you found time to listen to our show. And I agree with your comments about Ms. Carroll completely.

DarkKnight3565 on September 3, 2010 at 10:41 PM

Cool! Great resume, and she’s a Mustang, just like my mom! I will be sending some campaign money her way.

Mary in LA on September 3, 2010 at 11:20 PM

I’m not impressed.

I am not impressed by anyone that calls themselves “African-American”

Virus-X on September 3, 2010 at 12:31 AM

I’m inclined to agree with you (I don’t use the term either), but how do you know that LCR Carroll calls herself that? So because someone else used the term you’re not impressed.

Perhaps the Democrat should win the Florida statehouse just so the offensive term will never be used again. /s

Or perhaps we can remember what’s really important: taking back this country from the would-be totalitarians.

baldilocks on September 4, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Hi hawkdriver!

baldilocks on September 4, 2010 at 12:38 AM

Has anyone at all mentioned the fact that in addition to intelligent, talented and extremely qualified, Jennifer is cute?

None of us will be lonesome in Hell, but hey, the truth is the truth.

Mr. Grump on September 2, 2010 at 10:14 PM

Yep. Count me as someone who zeroed in on that attribute pretty much immediately.

I realize this post adds nothing to the intellectual discourse here. Just want to express appreciation for more feminine beauty on the conservative side. The latest addition to a magnificent gallery of absolultely dazzling conservative women. We have enough for someone to make several calendars now. :)

OneVision on September 4, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Don’t mean to generalize, but based on polling, African-Americans vote for Democrats, not other African-Americans.

YYZ on September 2, 2010 at 3:37 PM

I keep thinking anbout Alvin Greene in SC.

a capella on September 2, 2010 at 3:57 PM

Alvin Greene is a Democrat. The point is that party trumps race, not that race isn’t considered when both are of the same party. When the parties are different, the Republican being black doesn’t help, and may even hurt, since it makes her a race traitor, or an “oreo”.

For the record, I don’t mean this as a slam against blacks, or even black democrats. If whites were subject to the poisonous racial solidarity that the Democrats have promoted for years, then the voting statistics for whites might well be similar.

Of course, that was pretty much about half a century ago, or so (give or take a decade or two). Then the party saw the writing on the wall in the civil rights era and realized promoting white paranoia against blacks wasn’t going to fly anymore, so why not switch?

RINO in Name Only on September 4, 2010 at 3:28 PM

Of course, that was pretty much the case about half a century ago, or so (give or take a decade or two).

RINO in Name Only on September 4, 2010 at 3:28 PM

RINO in Name Only on September 4, 2010 at 3:31 PM

I’d rather people not use the term “African-American.” It’s a silly phrase meant to encourage black people to think of themselves as outsiders.

But annoying as the phrase is, harping on it too much feels a bit PC itself. If she supports conservative policies, that seems way more important than what she calls herself. I doubt she’s spent much time thinking it, because she’s been too busy with her real jobs.

RINO in Name Only on September 4, 2010 at 3:50 PM

My kind of representative!

Enlisted in the United States Navy in 1979 and served for 20 years. Served as a jet mechanic and worked her way up through the ranks to retire as a Lieutenant Commander Aviation Maintenance Officer; Meritorious Service Medal; two Navy Commendation Medals; two Navy Achievement Medals; National Defense Service Medal; Overseas Ribbon; two Coast Guard Special Operation Ribbons; Expert Pistol Medal

gordo on September 5, 2010 at 10:49 AM

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