Inspired by Obama, Republicans of color win more seats

It was a huge night for Republicans, who routed Democrats to take back the House of Representatives. It was also a pretty good night for Republicans of color: More black and Latino GOPers were elected to Congress than ever before.
In another historic first, South Carolina elected an Indian-American as its governor. Nikki Haley, whose parents are Sikhs who immigrated from India, had to overcome vicious slurs and personal assaults from her opponents; among other things, a Republican lawmaker who supported one of her opponents called her a “raghead.” (Haley, by the way, is Methodist.)
New Mexico, meanwhile, had its own first — electing a Latina Republican, Susana Martinez, as governor. That race had attracted national attention because it featured two women vying for the seat. Martinez defeated Democrat Diane Denish.
And last but certainly not least, two black Republicans and several Latinos will go to Congress. From AP:

“Color is becoming less of an issue,” said Richard Ivory, a black Republican political consultant and founder of hiphoprepublican.com. “There was a time when the white electorate saw race first and made judgments based on this alone. While black Republicans and Obama disagree ideologically, both are candidates whose message surpassed pigment.”

Mark Sawyer, a UCLA professor and director of the university’s Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Politics, said Obama’s election pushed the GOP to adjust to a more diverse electorate by seeking out minority candidates.

But he noted that almost all the victorious GOP minorities were elected in majority-white areas and opposed measures such as comprehensive immigration reform that are favored by many Latinos and blacks.

348 comments Add your comment

granny godzilla

November 3rd, 2010
8:02 am

Good Morning Campers and congratulations to the winners!

I sincerely wish for your success.

Oh and

Kayaker 71 – You won the bet fair and square where should I send the money?

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
8:03 am

“Inspired by Obama?” Really? So there weren’t peoples of color elected before he took office?

Cynthia, I thought we now lived in a post-racial society. Why is it that Democrats and Liberals are always bringing up race?

hobby

November 3rd, 2010
8:05 am

All of these people were elected by the party that is called RACIST anytime there is disagreement with Obama. I think it is time to admit which is the real racist party.

AFret

November 3rd, 2010
8:07 am

Now Obama get the credit for people of color entering politics? Must be a lot of community organizers out of work and entering the political scene. Is name calling O.K. today? It was yesterday!

So Funny

November 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

Ha! Way to twist the results girl. Obama as inspiration for Republicans of any color. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

orange tang

November 3rd, 2010
8:10 am

My people never thought w’ed see the day when a orange colored human American would be speaker of the house……glorious!

Not Blind

November 3rd, 2010
8:16 am

There is more than one way to be an inspiration to someone. You can inspire people to emulate you or you can inspire people to do the opposite of what you stand for.

Peadawg

November 3rd, 2010
8:20 am

Why is it always about race and color?

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

November 3rd, 2010
8:21 am

This my friends is what Obama “Can Do” for the Country!

Paul

November 3rd, 2010
8:22 am

We should also note Allen West in Florida, defeating a Democratic incumbent. It’s nice we’re getting to the point that people are judged (by some, anyway) by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 3rd, 2010
8:27 am

Good morning all. Grave omission in your essay, Ms. Tucker, here in Florida the voters elected a Cuban fellow to the senate, one who will take the GOP by storm. Mr. Rubio is an up and comer, and will be a top VP consideration in 2012.

I Report :-) You Whine :-( mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

November 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

Yes, they were inspired to defeat obozo.

Thanks for pointing that out.

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
8:28 am

Ragnar, You’re right about Rubio

Not Blind

November 3rd, 2010
8:29 am

CT, you should be concentrating on the fact that there will be no AA’s in the Dem majority senate. You should be able to get a year’s worth of columns out of that fact. Where is Ms. McKinney when you need her ?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
8:30 am

Good Grief@8:03, There were very few Republicans of color elected to any major state or federal office before last night. That’s just a fact.

Joel Edge

November 3rd, 2010
8:31 am

You see, these people weren’t elected because of what they believe, you see. And Obama, you see, pushed the GOP to adjust to the “browning of American”, you see. If it hadn’t been for Obama these people would not have been elected from the opposition, you see.

What a load.

A Patriotic American

November 3rd, 2010
8:32 am

Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that feeeeels sooooooooooo goooooood…………and how do you spell relief, Cynthia? You know, you’d probably be a likable person if you weren’t always bringing race to the forefront…….you calling anyone racist is like “the pot calling the kettle black”. I know, i know, you’re gonna use that old excuse……”I was under the influence of pot” when I wrote that :)

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

November 3rd, 2010
8:32 am

ctucker
November 3rd, 2010
8:30 am

Good Grief@8:03, There were very few Republicans of color elected to any major state or federal office before last night. That’s just a fact.

Because the Democrats have lied to people of color for over 50 years and people of color can’t seem to figure out why! That’s just a fact!

dan

November 3rd, 2010
8:33 am

So what this Governor’s election tells me is that the Republican party in this state is so strong that they could have nominated Barney the Purple dinosaur and he would still win over any of the Democratic candidates! I mean if Deal can win, so could have Handel and Oxendine. That’s so freakin bad!!! LOL! The Republicans swept every state office! This is the worst case scenario for the Democrats. They couldn’t have imagined this in their worst nightmares. Georgia might be the Reddest State in the nation, I’m talking Carrot Top Red; and equally as annoying.

Rick

November 3rd, 2010
8:34 am

Cynthia, please get the scoop on the Black Congressional Caucus. There is “talk” that they may not admit black Republicans. I hope that is true and they finally reveal themselves for the non-inclusive group that they really are.

Steve From Dalton

November 3rd, 2010
8:36 am

It will be nice when we don’t refer to anyone as a _______-American but just an American

Same old same old

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Big win by the republicans, and still they whine. Grow up and lead, if you still remember how.

Pinky Lee

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Ms.Tucker, your question asking where is the Tea Party should now be answered. The tide will continue to swell.

James

November 3rd, 2010
8:37 am

Rather satisfied as one would be hard pressed to say the tea party movement went to tsunami formation. It would appear the election will force the squabbling siblings in DC to put down the (maybe better said “their”) drama and help the great Amercian (unemployed) worker.

mambo

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Cynthia … the wonderful thing is that black conservatives are winning and will be taking office. Conservatism won big yesterday and it will turn the country around.

Jimmy62

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

Oh please, the Republicans appointed Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court, and Colin Powell and Condeleeza Rice as Sec.’s of State. The GOP has a better record of diversity in skin color than the Democrats do, at the top levels at least. Obama’s cabinet has been lily white, as well.

It’s insulting (and shows your lack of, well, knowledge) for you to act like this was inspired in any way by Obama’s skin color. This gain by the GOP was a repudiation of Obama’s policies, and wins by minorities running as Republicans are simply a continuation of the diversity the Republican Party has had for a while, and for years before Obama stopped being a socialist in public.

Browncoat

November 3rd, 2010
8:38 am

“I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

Actually, I don’t think that it is Obama’s election that made this possible for other AA politicians. Most people now look at the candidate’s ideas, not skin color. In 2008, the voters wanted change, so they elected Obama, and skin color wasn’t much of an issue.
Once the voters understood the type of change Obama was talking about, they decided to change again, thus the results from last night. And some minority GOP were elected, and skin color wasn’t an issue.

Big D

November 3rd, 2010
8:39 am

Need I remind you that M.L.King, Jr. and Senior were life long Republicans until Jr. cut a deal to become a Democrat with Bobby Kennedy for a speedy exit from a Birmingham jail. Yes, a VERY Democrat run city at the time…I was there.

So Funny

November 3rd, 2010
8:41 am

Ms Tucker has the thought occurred to you that people of color are beginning to see the light, after the atrocities committed by the Dems in the past 2 years?

Uh, dan...

November 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

Gerogia the “reddest” state in the union – I do believe that Deal is just the second Republican governor elected in the last 60 years (Sonny was the first) – GA had usually been a stronghold for Dems, but at least we “reds” finally figured it out…

Jim

November 3rd, 2010
8:42 am

I think it wasn’t so much about race as it was about the winners’ positions and character. I’d hope that means that we are becoming a more tolerant color-blind society and that the racial composition of our governing bodies is becoming more aligned to that of the electorate.

Hopefully we’ll also have more moderates in the House and Senate because now both parties are going to need to work together to legislate. That’d be a refreshing change from the divisive, partisan political posturing that prevailed the last 2 years. And, yes, the Republicans were equaly guilty on that score – both parties need to moderate and start cooperating.

Jimmy62

November 3rd, 2010
8:45 am

“Same old same old”- The Dems had a huge majority, controlled both houses and the White House… And you guys still spent the last two years whining every day.

Joey

November 3rd, 2010
8:47 am

Google or Bing:

Allen West (R), Florida’s newest Congressman

He is inspirational.

dumbcrkr

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

Georgia Republican lanslide. See what happens when your state ranks 49/50 in education.

Big D

November 3rd, 2010
8:48 am

Off topic: Did you notice that the IDIOTS in GA. voted away their contract protection from oppressive work place contracts. We were the last to have the wonderful RIGHT TO WORK clause and these morons just gave it away….did any of you that voted for it even have a clue what it was?????

ct a fool

November 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

Wow a column about race by CT now there’s a surprise. One dimensional writer, that’s all she can ever talk about. What a sad life she leads

Rich

November 3rd, 2010
8:49 am

dan – Deal is the 2nd Republican Governor since President Lincoln was in office. Not sure that qualifies as a strong hold. The fact is that niether party put up a strong person to run. Next election, I hope we have two good candidates running instead of none.

TGT

November 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

“Inspired by Obama?!”

Yeah, I suppose one could say that the whole country was “inspired by Obama.” This election was a massive repudiation–across racial and gender lines–of Obama’s liberal agenda.

Mike

November 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

This is the hope and change Americans have wanted since the last election. It always come back to race for Democrats. Why? When will you open your eyes to a color-blind society? Whites do because they elected a “person of color” as President. This election shows that a repudiation of policy not skin color is the issue. Dems can spin it anyway they want, but Americans are taking back their government.

Gail

November 3rd, 2010
8:51 am

Ms. Tucker, SHAME on you for bringing once again the RACE card into the race……we Rupublicans go for what people stand for, NOT their color.

Lame Duck Prez

November 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Inspired by Obama?? I think not. The difference between this year’s elections vs previous years is that the left wasn’t successful in branding any right leaning politician of color an “Uncle Tom”. The left wing spin machine has worn itself out and their traditional hit jobs of calling people either “Toms” or “Racists” no longer carry the same weight.

Honest Broker

November 3rd, 2010
8:52 am

Ms Tucker. Please don’t go there. You’re wrong. Obama can’t inspire me to do anything I don’t want to do.

Avenger

November 3rd, 2010
8:53 am

mambo. ” Conservatism won big yesterday and it will turn the country around.” Unless I have lost my mind, I could have sworn that conservatives were in power for eight years before Obama. They ran the world’s most powerful economy in the ground.

Chess

November 3rd, 2010
8:54 am

Race will always be an issue.

-The Barbie Bandits

Joey

November 3rd, 2010
8:56 am

Jim, sorry, but I can’t think of anything this administration has done in two years that I want my Congressman cooperating with the Dems on. I want him to help stop Obama’s agenda. I don’t want the US Government owning car companies, bailing out union pension funds, bailing out and owning banks, owning the student loan program, and running health care.

Ronald Reagan: “People in Washington DC need to remember this is a country that has a government, not the other way around.”

Madison

November 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Big D, I was amazed at how the amendment was worded on the ballot. I always research to see what they really mean but I’m afraid a lot of people didn’t and didn’t know what they were voting for.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
8:57 am

Cynthia:

Gag me with a spoon. Are you kidding ?

No you’re not. And that’s the problem with our country.

“The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of
entrusting a man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to
limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the
necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate
willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much
deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of
what ails America.”

“Blaming the prince should not blind anyone to the vast
confederacy that made him their prince. The Republic can
survive a Barack Obama, who is, after all, merely a tool. It is less
likely to survive the multitude who made him their
president.”

Author Unknown

Madison

November 3rd, 2010
8:59 am

Obama inspired a lot of people, inspired them to vote against his policies!

Willie Lynch

November 3rd, 2010
9:00 am

Chess,

You’re in far too deep for most in this forum.

62jacket

November 3rd, 2010
9:02 am

.“There was a time when the white electorate saw race first and made judgments based on this alone.”
Sounds a lot like the 4th District in Georgia today…oops…wait….it’s not racist if it’s not whites doing the discriminating.