Posts Tagged ‘Republican’

For Black Conservatism, the Right Time and the Wrong Candidate

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

(Time) Herman Cain’s improbable rise to the top of Republican presidential primary polls — and the prospect that two black men, including an incumbent, could compete head-on for the White House next year — should be proof that American politics has moved beyond race. Instead, Cain’s candidacy has been marred by empty self-promotion, embarrassing miscues and renewed allegations that may have set back the cause of black conservatism.

The Cain presidential experiment coincides with a period of new gains for black conservatives. “Americans find it hard to believe we’re a diverse group,” says Florida Representative Allen West, one of two black Republicans elected to Congress in the Tea Party wave of 2010. “But when you really understand the black community, it’s quite conservative.” West’s parents may have been Democrats, “but the things they raised me on – faith, education, individual responsibility – are true conservative principles. There are more African Americans out there starting to lean that way. It has nothing to do with party.”

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Racial politics return with Cain allegations

Sunday, November 6th, 2011

(Boston Globe) Herman Cain's rise as a presidential contender was supposed to prove that race didn't matter in the Republican Party. Cain is fast making it the only thing that does.

The black conservative is trying to navigate around allegations that he sexually harassed at least three women, implying that the accusations surfaced because he is black. Hours after the claims were reported, Cain's supporters branded his trouble a "high-tech lynching." That's the term coined 20 years ago by another black conservative, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, after his confirmation hearings for the court were rocked by allegations of sexual harassment.

Cain's supporters have pinned blame on a white GOP presidential rival, on liberals afraid of a "strong black conservative" and on mainstream media interested in "guilty until proven innocent." But by playing the race card with the Thomas precedent, his backers belied the "post-racial" America that President Barack Obama was said to have brought about in the United States — and that they, too, promote.

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GOP Hispanic leaders hit the wrong notes

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

(Scripps News) Republicans created the Hispanic Leadership Network last year in an attempt to re-capture the Latino vote they lost in the 2008 presidential election. George Bush claimed an impressive 44 percent of that support in his 2004 presidential run. It shriveled to 31 percent when John McCain ran against Barack Obama in 2008.

So how can the GOP's new "Network", co-chaired by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and ex-U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez, an appointee of Jeb's brother George, get back on the good side of this major voting bloc in 2012 after years of Republican assaults on the Latino community?

The second Hispanic Leadership Network conference was held late last month in Albuquerque. Neither Bush nor Gutierrez attended, but sent video welcome messages. As its keynote speaker, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez suggested having real "conversations" with the community: "They think the same as you do — they have the same values — but you have to bother to have a conversation with them about those values. If you don't, all they hear is the rhetoric."

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GOP aims to become simpatico with 50 million Hispanics

Friday, October 28th, 2011

(USAToday) As vice president of the Pocono Republican Hispanic Association, Friedman says she constantly battles a stigma that Republicans dislike Hispanics, and tries to show them how the party's ideals of self-reliance, limited government and family values line up with their views.

That's why Friedman cringes when she tunes in to Republican presidential debates, where the only mention of Hispanics is through the candidates' harsh rhetoric on illegal immigration, making her job of recruiting Hispanics that much harder.

"People don't even have electric fences around their homes," said Friedman, referring to a comment by Republican presidential contender Herman Cain that he would electrify a U.S.-Mexico border fence — a comment he would later call a joke. "They're all making comments and suggestions from a point of view that's very different from the Hispanic community. That's precisely why they need Hispanics who can help them with that."

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Marco Rubio faces Hispanic critics

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

(Politico) In Miami’s Little Havana, the Cuban exile community has rallied to the defense of its favorite son, Sen. Marco Rubio, as he fights off allegations he embellished his family history to boost his meteoric political career.

But well beyond Calle Ocho, the freshman Florida Republican still faces a bigger challenge selling himself to the broader Hispanic electorate. Rubio is expected to encounter tough questions from voters and activists over his hard-line stance on immigration as he heads to Texas and possibly Arizona next week to court Hispanic voters and high-dollar donors. As his personal history morphs into a national political story, it’s clear Rubio still has plenty of skeptics in the Latino political community.

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In New Book Decrying ‘Slow Death’ Of White America, Pat Buchanan Warns That Minorities Lower Test Scores

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

(Think Progress) Pat Buchanan is, among other things, an MSNBC contributor with a new book out, Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025? As his “last political will and testament,” the book’s thesis is centered on “cultural collapse” of the nation and “the slow death of the people who created and ruled the nation” — namely, white people. In an op-ed for CNS News yesterday, Buchanan outlines the three major consequences America will face without enough white people to save it.

First, the Republican party, which “routinely gets 90 percent of its presidential votes from white America,” will come to an end, especially since crucial GOP states like Texas are “hispanicizing.” Second, the “millions of immigrants, legal and illegal” who “do not bring the academic or professional skills of European-Americans” will replace actual “taxpayers” and suck the government dry. Finally, test-scores will nose-dive because “more and more children taking those tests will be African-American and Hispanic”:

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Herman Cain: Call Me ‘Black American’ Not ‘African American’

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

(Mediaite) In the past few weeks, presidential candidate Herman Cain has not backed away from talking about his racial identity and how it influences his politics, and today on Meet The Press, Cain explained that he personally would rather be referred to as a “black American” than an “African American.”

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Hispanic politicians getting GOP attention

Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

(Statesman.com) New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are popular, relative political newcomers in presidential battleground states.

The rising GOP stars are also Hispanics, something the Republican Party makes no secret of hoping to capitalize on in the upcoming national elections.

National Republicans are inviting them on international fact-finding trips, courting them for high-profile public appearances and whispering their names as possibilities for vice presidential nominations.

"They represent the American Dream," said Fred Malek, founder of the conservative American Action Network and its spinoff, the Hispanic Leadership Network, whose mission is to bring Hispanics into the party. "They represent what America is all about: how to succeed. How to pull yourself up by the bootstraps, reach success and show leadership. They all share that."

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With Univision Snub, GOP Candidates Seek Other Venues for Reaching Latinos

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

(FoxNews) The growing number of Republican presidential candidates threatening to sit out an upcoming Univision debate signals the party may not deem the country's largest Spanish-language network as essential to reaching Hispanic voters. 

But that population is still considered critical to GOP success in 2012 — and the flap underscores how important it is for Republicans to build up their outreach to the Latino electorate over the next year. 

Analysts say Republicans will need to make an impression on Latino voters one way or another. They urged the candidates to broaden their outreach, instead of relying on one-shot debates to make an impact — and making amends with Univision couldn't hurt either.

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UC Berkeley student senators respond to bake sale

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

(SFGate) UC Berkeley student senators voted Sunday to condemn discriminatory behavior on campus – even if done in satire – in response to a Republican student group's plans for an "Increase Diversity Bake Sale," with pastries labeled according to race and gender.

The 19-0 vote, with one absence, came during a special meeting of the Associated Students of the University of California, as the debate over affirmative action reignited in Berkeley.

"Sure, it came off as discrimination," said Francisco Loayza IV, the treasurer of the Republican group, at Sunday's meeting. "People are being judged by their skin color (in affirmative action policies). I don't want to be judged because I'm brown. Look past the prices, and see what we're trying to do."

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