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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JKL2

November 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Maybe Obama could work on inspiring people of color within his OWN party to run for office. I guess we can see where the racists are hiding now.

Slim Mady

November 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

cgatlanta- Bingo! ms. tucker and the Rev. Wright, obama’s spiritual leader and avid Marxist, garner such hatred for white Americans that they cluelessly fail to realize that many of us have relatives who fought for the Union and against slavery.

Sheri

November 3rd, 2010
9:57 am

I guess Roy will now have plenty of him time to tend to his cows.

Sheri

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

For as long as I have been in Atlanta and aware of Ms. Tucker, one thing has been certain. SHE WILL PLAY THE RACE CARD EVERY TIME.

Kamchak's gerbil

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

CT – you really need to consider retirement. Your remarks about color have become worthless. You neither help the democrats nor hurt the republicans with your tiresome rants!!!!!!!

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:00 am

Slim@9:56, Huh? We’re talking about the Union and slavery?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

Equality@9:54, Monds lost, didn’t he? I was listing winners in this post

joe

November 3rd, 2010
10:01 am

As time marches on, I hope many more “minorities” will climb about the ’smallest government possible’ train. It is refreshing to see more, as CT put it “republican of color” on the ballots. I hope to see more in the future. I’d like to point out to Dems, that it is NOT the color of skin that matters, it’s the policies they stand for. That and that alone is why we must vote out BO in 2012…not b/c of the color of his skin. Heck, run JC Watts, Condi Rice or Herman Cain against him and I’d be fine voting for any of them over BO.

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:02 am

Good Grief@9:50, Do you know any white members of Congressional who want to join the CBC? I haven’t heard of any

Slim Mady

November 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

The deposed King Roy is so arrogant and narcissistic that he is probably planning another campaign run in 2018. And GA voters won’t like him any less in eight years from now, than they do now or they did eight years ago.

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Harry@(47, As far as I can tell, most liberals refuse to vote for any conservative Republican — regardless of color

barking frog

November 3rd, 2010
10:03 am

Obama inspires Republicans. Yes he can!

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

DK@9:46, You know perfectly well that the GOP was inspired to vote in Michael Steele because of Obama.

cgatlanta

November 3rd, 2010
10:04 am

CT, it’s quite clear that you do not like white people. I’m just trying to get you to give us a chance. Some of us will vote for the best candidate, not just the one that looks like us. Sometimes the best candidate may not be brown. BTW, did you ever do a column on Monds? I voted for him and I didn’t even know he was black. Weird, huh?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

cgatlanta@9:39, I have no idea why you’re discussing the Civil War. The post was not on that subject

Moderate Line

November 3rd, 2010
10:06 am

Inspired by Obama, Republicans of color win more seats
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Talk about lack of humility. The more people of color and Hispanics vote Reb shows that the over reliance of Dems on politics of race and color is a mistake. Since the 1960’s the demographics have moved to favoring Dems but yet it has been since 1994 that the Rep have controlled the house the most prior to this browning of America the Rep rarely controlled the house.

From 1932 to 1994 the Repub controlled the house just two years. Since 1992 the house now will have been Rep majority at least 80% of the time. The Dems have not been able to hold the house for two election cycles.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Albert Einstein quotes

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0774721.html

cgatlanta

November 3rd, 2010
10:08 am

I’m sorry CT, it’s the 1960’s that you’re stuck in. “Growing up with Jim Crow laws…”

How many times have you used that one?

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

cgatlanta@10:01, Dunno. Since you’re counting, you tell me

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

cgatlanta

She grew up with Jim Crow Laws? SO CT is in her 80s-90s. Wow. She looks great to be so old.

Moderate Line

November 3rd, 2010
10:09 am

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:04 am
DK@9:46, You know perfectly well that the GOP was inspired to vote in Michael Steele because of Obama.
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I can speculate but I can never know. But I do know Condoleezza Rice appointment to Secreatary of State was not inspired by Obama.

Slim Mady

November 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

It appears that ms. tucker is attempting to control this blog just as obama’s bigger government plans to control its citizens.

Willie Lynch

November 3rd, 2010
10:10 am

Now we are almost 2 years into Obama’s presidency and roughly 18 months into the implementation of his first initiatives. In the next 24 months we will see the benefits of the sound policy that has been put in place by President Obama come to fruition. Most people already know we are in a better place than we were when he took office so now the fear and loathing can stop.

Following the thinking of fools all problems should be solved by Feb. 2011. If not what a bunch of dumbasses were elected last night.

ctucker

November 3rd, 2010
10:11 am

gerbil@10, I’m not here to hurt Republicans or help Democrats. I’m here to say what I think

DK

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

So GOP went with Steele because he was black? I just saw him as a qualified person but if you just see color, then so be it

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Actually, CT, Pete Stark and Steve Cohen, both White Democrats, have tried to join the CBC, only to be rebuffed. There’s a wonderful article in Politico from 2007 that states that when Cohen tried to join, he was told by current and former members of the CBC that ‘whites need not apply.’

Willie Lynch

November 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

cgatlanta,

Why did you vote for Monds. What did he stand for?

Ragnar Danneskjöld

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Dear CT @ 10:02, actually Steve Cohen of Memphis tried and I think he was rejected. Not that I am a fan of Mr. Cohen, but he argued that, as he represented a district with a black majority, he was an appropriate candidate for membership in the CBC.

Equality 7-2521

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

Cynthia Tucker,

Monds existed before today. You did not talk about him prior to Tuesday either. It’s good you worked in calling him a loser.

After all, the AJC listed him as a homemaker, when they knew he was a financial planner. They cut him out of debate photos, and they refused to show that there were actually more than two candidates running for governor for the majority of this election cycle.

Slim Mady

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

ctucker- some of us would like to know the reason for your deep-seated hatred towards whites? Do tell?

Randy Moss

November 3rd, 2010
10:13 am

What the [expletive] ?!?

Who wrote this piece of [expletive] blog?

I wouldn’t read this [expletive] blog to my dog!

By the way, how did Obama do yesterday? Did MY MAN win?

paleo-neo-Carlinist

November 3rd, 2010
10:15 am

OK, I posted this on JB’s blog at 9:5:

plu-toc-racy n., 1 – Government by the wealthy. 2 – A wealth class that controls a government.
plu-to-crat n., 1 – A member of a governing wealthy class. 2 – Anyone having political influence or control because of wealth.

enough is enough, folks. if anyone on this blog thinks the GOP or Democratic Party (or the tea party) “wins” or “loses” elections, you would do well to ask the Koch brothers, GE (owns NBC), News Corp (owns Fox), George Soros, labor unions, Bank of America, Haliburton, Lockheed-Martin, Cox Enterprises (owns AJC), ExxonMobil, Big Ag, Big Pharm, Big Med.

the fact that African Americans or minorities won/lost seats is moot in terms of plutocracy. Are we to “celebrate” the fact that the plutocracy is no longer exclusively white and male? I am a white male and I am not celebrating this morning. as George Carlin noted in ‘96, I’m sure the country will improve dramatically in the next 2 – 4 years. and for those who fear “gridlock” consider this; TARP passed, the stimulus bill passed, the healthcare bill passed, we invaded Iraq, toothless “banking reform” passed. tweedle-dee has handed the keys to tweedle-dumb. excuse me if I do not gloat or wallow in misery.

cgatlanta

November 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Here’s two from this year…

Jan. 11 – “Having grown up in Alabama under Jim Crow, I’ve got some experience distinguishing among genuine racism, racial insensitivity and comments/behavior that are merely stupid.

July 14 – “But as a child of the Deep South who grew up under the lash of Jim Crow, I learned to distinguish between well-meaning whites who weren’t quite ready for a black president of the local community college (black church members were OK) and actual racists.”

Tyrone

November 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

We welcome all conservatives into the GOP.

USMC DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
10:16 am

Cynthia Tucker is obsessed with RACE. Therefore, she must be a RACIST.
-just saying

Contractor

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

dumbcrkr,

49 out of 50th huh? Did you know that Roy Barnes was governor of Georgia in the past? Sounds like his policies are some of the ones that got us to this position. Electing him would have the state chasing it’s own tail, instead of trying something new. Hence, “one time was really enough”.

cgatlanta

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Willie, I voted for Monds because he was not Barnes or Deal.

Logic 05

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

How can the 4th District elect a man (Hank Johnson) to office?
The same man that thinks that adding additional Marines to an island will make it “tip over”.
He was NOT joking around. Look at the video…what a LOSER.

Van Jones

November 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

“More black and Latino GOPers were elected to Congress than ever before.”

Is this good or bad?

Tyrone

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

Posted at 10:11am … “I’m not here to hurt Republicans or help Democrats. I’m here to say what I think”

What a JOKE! Your entire mission is to kiss up to the DNC and destroy the GOP !

paleo-neo-Carlinist

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

USMC DAWG, check your copy. a person who is “obsessed with race” is exactly that (obsessed with race). a “racist” is a completely different beast. you really need to vist (the very important) point B before jumping from A to C. – just saying…

Harry Callahan

November 3rd, 2010
10:21 am

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.”

Brilliant post.

Kamchak's gerbil

November 3rd, 2010
10:22 am

CT – you hit the nail on the head – “you are here to say what you think” – it’s just that your way of thinking needs to change – but you can’t. It’s called personal responsibility. NO ONE is entitled to anything – the democrats have tried to keep black people on the plantation long enough with the entitlement philosophy – that type of mentality is gradually (and thankfully) disappearing. Too bad you can’t keep up.

cgatlanta

November 3rd, 2010
10:25 am

Hey “Nothing is Free”, I think you owe me an apology.

kayaker 71

November 3rd, 2010
10:26 am

Logic05,

The same voters who voted for McKinney. Wonder if CT rates these two as examples of the “best and brightest” from the black community.

barking frog

November 3rd, 2010
10:28 am

Secretary of State Powell and Secretary of State Rice may
have inspired Barry Obama.

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

Logic05 – By the same token, how do Barbara Boxer, Barney Frank, and Nancy Pelosi all get re-elected?

There is a growing anti-incumbent sentiment in the country, but the problem lies with the notion that all incumbents are bad, except my rep. He/She is okay. Well, since you can only vote for your rep, you have to be willing to lose your incumbent to make a change. Sadly, most people cannot accept that idea.

Del,

November 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

It’s official, Cynthia has changed party affiliation and is now a registered Republican.

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
10:33 am

CT – I notice you’ve been quiet on the CBC issue since Ragnar and I actually produced examples. What up?

kayaker 71

November 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Frog,

When you place Rice and Bozo in the same sentence, you are doing the most grievous injustice to one of the brightest, most intelligent ladies in this country. Past Sec of State, NSC chief, PhD in international politics, classical musician, Past Provost at Stanford University, speaks fluent Russian, French, German and English and BTW, probably the best expert on the spread offense that that gender has ever known. Now there’s a AA female that you can be proud of, CT.

Contractor

November 3rd, 2010
10:37 am

Tyrone,

I can’t agree with you more. She has always pandered for the Demmies. I have never seen one person that sides with one side 100% completely and is so hardcore in their beliefs that they spew hate speech to the public on such a weekly basis as Tucker. She’ll backpedal now, and go back into her race columns because her party is in disarray and can’t tread water fast enough. That comment just makes me laugh out loud at work, and makes me appreciate the Americans that got out and voted yesterday.