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.

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Avenger

November 3rd, 2010
9:03 am

To all you post racial types – a civil war (cause over 500,000 deaths) and several hundred years of racism just might have some lingering effects on race. Race is no different than any thing else. If you don’t believe it – just ask any murderer, rapist, robber, or any criminal whether there aren’t lasting effects of their evil deeds.

Shawny

November 3rd, 2010
9:07 am

I don’t think any of this was Obama inspired. If it were, there would be more democrats elected yesterday than republicans (color not withstanding).

Georgian

November 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

Cynthia,

You beat all! LOL!!! This is amazing! So Obama was responsible for minority Republican candidates being elected. It was all because of him! Yeah, keep feeding yourself that story. And nice way to keep throwing the race card out there, but as evidenced by the number of minorities elected into the fold that is becoming less of an arguement for you guys. But as always, there will be some yada yada yayayaya. about it Im sure….

Slim Mady

November 3rd, 2010
9:08 am

The caption should read: “Irritated by Obama”.

Just as this country naively voted for democrats in 2008, as a knee-jerk response to eight years of bush’s foolishness. Many of these same voters are even more turned off by obama’s assinine plans for a lazy America- a Socialistic Democracy.

Blacks and hispanics, by turning to the GOP, are finally beginning to realize that the liberal democrats are really not their friends. To succeed in America, they now know that they must seek a solid education and become a maker of wealth and not a taker via the left’s useless entitlement programs.

mystified

November 3rd, 2010
9:09 am

Well bless your hear Cynthia. You really think Obama had anything to do with a republican voting for a person of color.

You know….Obama may have been a much better president if people such as yourself gave him a fair assessment along the way. When the media tells him every day that he can do no wrong, how can he not start to believe it. You do him no favors buy building this artificial halo around him.

Georgian

November 3rd, 2010
9:10 am

Oh Shawny,

It was definately OBAMA inspired, just not in the way Ms. Tucker describes. AMERICANS were fed up and apalled at the direction Obama and Dems were taking the country, not just Repubs. Independents voted at almost a 60 % margin for Repubs. Women were only carried by Dems 49-48 after being carried by them at almost 60 the past several elections….

Marie

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

Conservatism WINS and the color of the person’s skin does not matter. And Cynthia don’t you think it’s high time you write a column about the fallacy of African-Americans continuing to vote for one party only? There is a Republican ascendency in the South where most African-Americans live yet they will have no voice in decisions being made because they stubbornly refuse to educate themselves about conservatism and what many in the Republican Party stand for. Instead every white person that opposes Barack Obama is a racist, the Tea Party is racist, Rush is a racist, Neal is a racist, etc., etc., etc.

And even worse the two AA Congressmen elect who go to DC in January will not be welcomed by members of the Congressional Black Caucas but instead they will be demonized as Uncle Toms.

kimmer

November 3rd, 2010
9:13 am

The other interesting and wonderful thing about the Republicans of color that were elected is nearly all of them won in majority white districts instead of a district gerrymandered to stack the deck. That is REAL progress toward putting content of character over color of skin.

Avenger

November 3rd, 2010
9:14 am

Scout. ” It is less likely to survive the multitude who made him their president.” This country survived not only a multitude of people electing them, but it survived a multitude of bigots that help run this country for several hundred years. It survived those hundreds of years of evil – it just might survive any thing.

Memphis11Gate

November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

Now Obama is responsible for the republican wave of candidates. Republican was the original party of black need I say (Harriet Tubman, Booker T Washington, Fredrick Douglass) all Republicans however the Democrats have been able to fool many blacks into thinking they are for civil rights which ain’t true. The Democratic cattle call to blacks I pray is OVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes Cynthia as a person of color I want to be represented by something other than Democrats and Obama and his radical policies. He is of the 60’s era black power (panther) movement which has created nothing by civil strife, no real power, and an era that needs to be put in the history book as failed. At one time this movement was moving in the right direction however this is not 1960, and these people never matured politically.

You can rob people by the power of government and not expect a revolution which is what this movement and Obama stand for. Taking from one group and giving to the other, never trying uplift anybody but themselves with socialist policies of Karl Marx.

Kamchak's gerbil

November 3rd, 2010
9:16 am

CT – You are an absolute JOKE!!!!!

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
9:18 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.”

Going by your “fact” (forgive me, but what constitutes very few? by what measure are we going), there are several reasons that anyone could list for that.

I know several “people of color” who vote Republican and several who vote Democrat. One thing I’ve noticed, though, is that those who vote Republican now once voted Democrat, because that’s what they were expected to do. For some unknown reason, there’s a preconceived idea that blacks will vote Democrat simply because they are black.

There have been several cases where peoples of color were elected without having to change the voting structure or gerrymander a district (see 4th District, Illinois) to gain a racial advantage.

People have spoken !

November 3rd, 2010
9:20 am

The people have spoken. Now, let’s see if the Republicans will work for all the people of this nation for the good of all.

mystified

November 3rd, 2010
9:21 am

Avenger, “Hundreds of years of evil”? Are you Michelle Obama?

You have consumed way too much of their Kool-aid. Ditch the hate and open your eyes. At least try to see the positive impact this country has had.

hobby

November 3rd, 2010
9:24 am

The best part of watching the election returns: Watching Monica Kaufman(Pearson).
Two years ago — she could not quit smilling for weeks after Obo was elected.
Last night — she could not force a believable smile.
“Priceless”

Ole Roy Barnes

November 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

Thank you Cynthia for your blind support of all things Democrat.

A Lumpkin Resident

November 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

“Conservative” is a philosophy, not a code word for racism. People of any color who believe in personal responsibility, capitalism and that the fruits of one’s own labor belong (first and foremost) to the guy who earned it are welcome in the Republican party.

There are two basic lines of thought The first is that it is the government’s job to foster a competitive business environment so that people have equal opportunity to reach their dreams, and it the individual’s personal responsibility to learn and work and navigate their lives to reach those dreams. . The second is that it is the government’s responsibility to make sure that everyone has a fair amount of XXXXX (money, housing, food, healthcare) no matter how hard they work or even if they work at all. Republicans (should) stand for the first and Democrats do stand for the latter. Their is a big grey area of “but what if” between those two lines of thought, but none of this is racially related. Topics like “should gays serve openly in the military” or “should marijuana be legalized” or “should illegal immigrants have amnesty” get attached to these parties and take on a life of their own. But opinions do shift and these types of issues are not cast into stone. But my opinion that there should be a maximum amount of my salary that the government should be able to take from me in the form of taxes, and that no one should be exempt from taxes (and thus, insulated from the tyranny of politicians) IS cast in stone, and there is only one party that comes close to defending that viewpoint. The other party believes that all that I earn is theirs to distribute “fairly”, and as they see fit. They attempt to take from me and to give to someone who has worked less hard for it.

These are NOT racial issues. If it appears racial, then one must examine the racial group that claims this is unfair. Sometimes they are right, and it is the governments responsibility to correct the economic environment so as to give those groups equal opportunity. But sometimes it boils down to culture of under-achievement and a lack of personal responsibility…. and that is a bitter pill to swallow. One last note: nearly all socialist societies (including the former Soviet Union), ultimately succumb to the culture of under-achievement and lack of personal responsibility when when government claims the lion’s share of the fruits of an individual’s labor, and redistributes XXXX to make things “fair”. You get the behavior you reward.

Julie R Camp

November 3rd, 2010
9:25 am

Obama had nothing to do with Republicans of color. Those candidates won on merit! The sooner you give up your racist attitude, the better off your readers will be. Had those candidates had anything to do with Obama, they would have lost.

Now, about the Tea Party…….hhmmm?

Larry Munson

November 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

Give it up Cynthia.
What a sore loser.
Your left wing agenda was defeated yesterday.

williebkind

November 3rd, 2010
9:26 am

Now on to 2012 to rid the American people of more of those socialist progressive liberals….(dancing a jig)

I am looking forward to Obama vetoing everything. Each little veto will be one pixel that creates the bulls eye on his re-election efforts.

Where is Granny? Is she too weak to blog today?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

Larry Munson@9:26, What about that post makes me a “sore loser”? Please be specific

granny godzilla

November 3rd, 2010
9:27 am

i sooo sad today
i may have to get a job now and quite living off of the government

dan

November 3rd, 2010
9:28 am

Yes Georgia is the Reddest state in the Union RIGHT NOW! Yes the state at one point was run by “Dixicrats” and by “Democrats” like Zell Miller. But the Democrats have been getting destroyed in elections since 2002. McCain drilled Obama in this state 2 years ago, and McCain got killed in that election. That shows you how RED Georgia. Shoot the state elections are more competitive in South Carolina for God sakes; and they have historically been one of the most conservative state in the Union. Whatever… it doesn’t matter. Georgia is a hick state anyway. I hope Deal turns it into a third world country.

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
9:29 am

Julie R Camp@9:25, Did I suggest they didn’t win on merit? I did not. I merely mentioned what many others have said: Obama inspired more people of color to run. Surely your contempt for Obama is not so deepseated that you cannot concede that possbility. Or maybe it is

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
9:29 am

Avenger:

I hear you and am aware of all of that however, in my opinion it is a lot easier to vote your country out of bigotry and racism than marxism.

Bob

November 3rd, 2010
9:29 am

Yes they were inspired by Obama. They knew Obama was taking the country in a direction they did not like. But since they are people of color, they won’t be labeled as racists like those in the tea party.

Puleeze

November 3rd, 2010
9:29 am

Cynthia….Cynthia. Don’t you know how to write about anything but color? Your liberal leanings are becoming so tiresome. Why can’t you address the issues facing Georgians and Americans and lay down the race card for a while? It’s making you seem small indeed.

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

Good Grief@9:18, I notice you did not contradict anything I said.

AFret

November 3rd, 2010
9:30 am

I think Larry Munson @ 9:26 meant racist sore loser! More people of color loke Charlie Rangel?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Memphis11@9:16, You know perfectly well the REpublicans who welcomed Tubman, Washington and Douglass stood for something very different than Republicans of today

mystified

November 3rd, 2010
9:31 am

Cynthia… Your a journalist right. So I’m sure you have facts; like maybe statements from these republicans of color who state that they ran for office because the were inspired by Obama>>

This is an opinion based article but is there any support for your opinion…..at all?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
9:32 am

mystified@9:09, If you read the post, you know that I’m not the only person who thinks that

Sammy Jackson

November 3rd, 2010
9:32 am

Be advice…

According to CT…
Democrat = Always right
Republican = Always evil

rascal

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 am

Maybe the days of the Democrat Party and liberals in general, enslaving poor Americans of all colors is over?
Let’s hope so for the sake of the country

mystified

November 3rd, 2010
9:36 am

You have no idea if the republicans who welcomed Tubman, Washington and Douglass stood for something different than we do today. None at all. The problem is democrats cried racist over everything that doesn’t go their way so many times… You began to believe it.

Ivan

November 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

Cynthia,

Most people ignore the race baiting posts. But I see now where others here get the impression it’s all you see. Of the posts you could have replied to on your previous blog, the first and only one you responded to was about race, and it was a one-liner trolling post at that.

This morning, of all the topics that could be covered, speculations to be made, acknowledgements to give, paths each side could travel, you chose to write another blog pointing to race.

You never did see what Dr. King saw. You never will. The “browning of America” you claim people in this country fear is your own. You fear the “browning of America” will not come with power, but instead come with equality.

I’ll leave you to your trash, and go back to the other blog where there’s actually spirited debate.

Equality 7-2521

November 3rd, 2010
9:37 am

This is what happens when someone cannot separate the color from the positions held.

These people were not inspired by the color of Obama’s skin. They were inspired by Obama’s marxist/socialist agenda to take action.

To move beyond racist attitudes, one must understand and embrace the difference.

Slim Mady

November 3rd, 2010
9:38 am

It appears that ms. tucker is being quite defensive and has her panties in a bunch today. This little racist can’t stand to see blacks and hispanics prudently opting for the other side.

cgatlanta

November 3rd, 2010
9:39 am

Cynthia, you do realize that a lot of white people died fighting to free the slaves. We’re not all evil.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

CHANGE COURSE !

Marie

November 3rd, 2010
9:44 am

I do believe that former Congressman JC Watts of OK represented a majority white district as well during the early 1990’s and that pre-dates Obama. The election of these 2 conservative Republicans from majority white districts simply underscores this naked truth: a black Republican has a better chance of winning in a majority white district than he does in a district in which his own peeps are the majority.

Sharon

November 3rd, 2010
9:45 am

Be happy while you can and tighten your belts. There will be no new industry for Georgia and the U.S. reps are gonna say “See ya!” to the American public.

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

“Ax falls: CBS affiliate takes action over Alaska Phonegate”

But only because it leaked out.

DK

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

Inspired by Obama? How about inspired by republicans Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, JC Watts, RNC Chairman Steele….I think CT is confused, wasn’t the Democrats that fillibustered the Civil Rights legislation? Did former President Clinton try to stop a black man from running in FL? CT is just trying to find a way to feel good about the butt kicking that occured last night!

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

ctucker

- -You know perfectly well the REpublicans who welcomed Tubman, Washington and Douglass stood for something very different than Republicans of today- -

Say it all you want but look at where the Black Demographic is today under almost total control of democrats.

Republicans had Colin Powell when the only Blacks serving in the Clinton White House were serving lunch.

Libertarian

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am

Agree with Big D and Madison re: contract amendment. I did my research beforehand but I think most people were confused and didn’t know what they were voting for. Its a shame.

Harry Callahan

November 3rd, 2010
9:47 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.”

It’s also a fact that Republicans of color rarely win major state or federal elections because liberal race-baiters like you dismiss them out of hand and refuse to vote for them.

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
9:50 am

CT, I’d like to know where you stand on the ‘preconceived’ idea that blacks will vote Deomcratic. And as for people of coloring running in the past, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Bill Richardson, William Jefferson, Barack Obama, Raul Grijalva, Cynthia McKinney, Michael Thurmond, Charlie Rangel, Hank Johnson, Sandford Bishop, Barbara Lee, JC Watts, John Conyers, and Eddie Bernice Johnson, just to name a few. Many of those named are or were members of the Congressional Black Caucus, a group that does NOT allow white members in, even though race is not a prerequisite for membership. But that’s not racist, right? It’s only racists if a white doesn’t let in a black, right?

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
9:53 am

“Take Your Olive Branch and Shove It, Democrats”

Oooo, Michelle Malkin is on fire !

Equality 7-2521

November 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

Cynthia Tucker, where were your columns on John Monds and his run for governor of Georgia? You seem to not have noticed his color.

Here’s how it works:

Black and Liberal: Support but call detractors racist
Black and Conservative: Note but give credit to Obama.
Black and Libertarian:*

* Ignore per AJC policy