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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jconservative

November 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

“…top VP consideration in 2012.”

This remark was about Marco Rubio. I trust no one seriously thinks Rubio would settle for the VP slot on a Republican ticket. Rubio will be grooming for the top spot on the ticket.

And Nikki Haley, the daughter of Sikhs, took the SC race for governor.
Cynthia you state that she is a professed Christian. Good for her. But will she be allowed to get away with that on the national stage if her ambitions lead her to a try for a national office?
Remember that Obama, a professed Christian, was branded by many as a Moslem once he hit the national stage. Will Haley be branded as a Sikh?

Or will Rand Paul’s remarks that one should never question the religion of another person finally rule the day?

granny godzilla

November 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Kayaker 71

did you see my post 1st thing?

USMC DAWG

November 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Hey Cynthia, it’s not about skin color, you Buffoon, it’s about political philosophy.

Keep pimping race because that is all you have.

I guess you have forgotten Dr. King’s message…

how's the weather?

November 3rd, 2010
10:44 am

The Republicans have a big heart. They just voted for a homeless shelter on E. Paces Ferry Rd.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

November 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

“Inspired by Obama, Republicans of color win more seats”

Oh brother, did Obama also inspire the San Francisco Giants to win the world series? :roll:

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

November 3rd, 2010
10:53 am

USMC DAWG
November 3rd, 2010
10:40 am

Don’t call her a buffoon. That word is reserved for Joe the Biden. Call her something else. :cool:

Tommy Maddox

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

Inspired by Obama? How about being inspired to “not be like Obama”?

A Lumpkin Resident

November 3rd, 2010
10:54 am

p.s. These new Republicans “of color” are as inspired as much by Herman Cain as they are by Obama.

Avenger

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

mystified. Historical facts have nothing to do with hate. If you can read, you can verify those historical facts. You need to get over Michelle Obama being Black.

shaggy

November 3rd, 2010
10:55 am

So, Cynthia, in you observation, it doesn’t matter about political agenda; it matters what race???
That reeks of racism…your own racism.

paleo-neo-Carlinist

November 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

USMC DAWG, and you keep “pimping” your herd (Marines and UGA). seems to me CT is not the only one “obsessed” with color (black and red or dress blues).

Tamika

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

The new governnor of SC was subject to tough attacks in the primary. The general election opponent, a democrat, used even more vicious attacks.

The democrats in general consciously dragged their races into the gutter hoping distract and refocus voters from their anger at the democrats to disgust with the whole process. It worked in some cases but at a terrible cost to our republic.

ENM

November 3rd, 2010
10:58 am

“Race is becoming less an Issue,” Wake up and get your head out of the sand. You would welcome slavery again.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

November 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

Inspired by Obama? Quite a stretch, Cynthia, but I’ll give you yours if you give me mine. Here it is:

Obama was inspired by “Bob the Builder”…….”yes we can”……..

Deal?

Avenger

November 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

USMC DAWG . It always amazes me that the same double talkers that pretend to respect Dr. King
would have called him every name under the sun if he were here today preaching his message.

Keynesian Economiste

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

ENM -

Wouldn’t that low cost of labor help manufacturers lower prices and help stimulate our regional economy, at least for those who earn a wage to actually buy things?

Just sayin’.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

November 3rd, 2010
11:01 am

Avenger
November 3rd, 2010
10:59 am

Only if his message sounded something like the crap coming out of Jesse Jackson or the Rev. Al.

Gator Joe

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am

Cynthia,
Georgia will remain a backward state, competing with other states in the Deep South for the bottom. Yesterday was also a victory for corporations and their money laundering machine, the Chamber of Commerce. Lots of noise, little action, and no solutions will come from the House Republicans. President Obama will have veto power and Democratic senators will have the filibuster to eliminate harmful Republican efforts which will surely come. Finally, we Liberals are not going away and we remain on the side of fairness and justice.

HDB

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
9:46 am
“Republicans had Colin Powell when the only Blacks serving in the Clinton White House were serving lunch.”

Wrong again — try Alexis Herman, Secretary of Labor; Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce, Mike Espy, Secretary of Agriculture; Hazel O’Leary, Energy Secretary, Jesse Brown AND Togo West, Secretary of Veterans Affairs; John Shannon AND Togo West, Secretary of the Army! There were more black people serving in the Clinton Cabinet than in ANY Republican Administration COMBINED!!!

QueDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:09 am

I should have resisted the urge to see what the unemployed republicans who have nothing to do all day but rub CT’s nose in this BS victory. Still nothing is going to get done, it is just more people in the house and senate to say no!!! When the first platform thing I hear from one of the Republican party leaders is that their focus is to prevent President Obama from being re-elected, I know its just going to get worse!

RGB

November 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

To give credit to Obama for the success of black Republicans is to follow his narcissistic ways.

I guess it takes one to emulate one.

Voter

November 3rd, 2010
11:11 am

Ms. Tucker. I know you are democratic party. I was wondering if you would write a article or post comments as to your likes of the party & why you feel more government is better???

UGADawg7

November 3rd, 2010
11:13 am

So does this mean we don’t have to hear your crap anymore about “the vast majority of republicans refuse to vote for blacks”?

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

HDB – do you have a source for your claim that “There were more black people serving in the Clinton Cabinet than in ANY Republican Administration COMBINED!!!”

I’d just like to see the proof. Sorry, that’s the History minor in me coming out.
Thanks.

Kamchak's gerbil

November 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

Gator Joe

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 am
Cynthia,
Georgia will remain a backward state, competing with other states in the Deep South for the bottom. Yesterday was also a victory for corporations and their money laundering machine, the Chamber of Commerce. Lots of noise, little action, and no solutions will come from the House Republicans. President Obama will have veto power and Democratic senators will have the filibuster to eliminate harmful Republican efforts which will surely come. Finally, we Liberals are not going away and we remain on the side of fairness and justice.

Fairness and justice are code words for entitlement.

QueDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:17 am

Did anyone hear Nathan Deal say that his first priority was to work on the budget? Is this going to be before or after he files Bankruptcy? LMAO! You ding-a-lings voted!!!!! People simply do not care anymore.

Next up 2012....

November 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

CT – I think of Rubio is as much of an up and coming star for the GOP as Obama was for the Democrats in 2004.

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
11:20 am

Kamchak’s gerbil

Fairness and justice?

Democrats: hurting millions to help dozens.

To hell with people who work for a living: it’s all about feeding the fat asses that do nothing except vote for the democrats.

The Leg Lamp is a "major award", much like Cynthia Tucker's Pulitzer and Obama's Nobel.

November 3rd, 2010
11:21 am

I believe “neutral” reporter Chris Matthews pretty much summed things up, even though “neutral” reporter Andrea Mitchell tried to get him to backtrack…….

“CHRIS MATTHEWS: That’s one mistake. The other is when he was a campaigner, he did nothing but talk about what a great country this is, what an exceptional country it is, because a ‘guy like me can make it here, and only in a country like this could I have made it.’ He was very patriotic, very inclusive, and he was also very interactive in an interesting way.

Ever since he’s been president, he’s been elitist, and he’s come with his teleprompter, and he’s given his speech. He hasn’t listened. He’s talked to, at us, rather than with us.

ANDREA MITCHELL: Well, at least that’s what he’s projected.

MATTHEWS: No, he actually does bring the teleprompter with him and actually does know what he wants to say.

MITCHELL: But you don’t think that he’s interacted even though he’s had these town hall meetings. You don’t think that he’s given the sense…

MATTHEWS: No, no. And I think he hasn’t explained himself. Lincoln had to explain the Civil War, darn it. Roosevelt had to explain everything through the Great Depression. You have to take people along with you.

I think he is guilty of that elitist charge that he… If you’re going to spend a $1.6 trillion deficit in one year, you better explain to the American people why you did it. He never explained economics the way he was taught it.

We were all taught in graduate school you have to run a big deficit during a grand recession. How about explaining that? Everybody didn’t go to grad school. And how about explaining what you’re doing in terms of health care and how that’s gonna help us become a better economy in the long run? It will be painful in the short run politically, but economically it will give us something that we can base our lives on – guaranteed health care. He never sold it as an economic tool, a catalyst to greater growth down the road. Maybe it isn’t, but he ought to sell it that way at least.

All the people care about is 9 to 10 percent unemployment rate that’s not going down. Middle-aged people are losing their jobs. They’re not finding them. And this guy’s out doing his pet projects, and they wonder why he isn’t their president, why he’s only his own president. “

Thanks, cynthia!

November 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

For showing your TRUE color, and for not allowing thoughtful bloggers with a difference of opinion to post, You’re a real hippocrite, but very instructive of the closed-minded nature of people of your ilk.

Liberal Chicks are UGLY

November 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

I am pretty sure these people won on ideals, not skin color. This is a flat rejection of left wing policies.

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

November 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

Anyone hear know of a South Carolina voter that voted for my boy, Alvin Greene last night. My boy got over 300,000 votes and had no platform, no speeches, no money. I just want to meet one person of the 300,000 that voted for my boy and find out why? Was it his race only?

QueDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

Nothing for free………………what kills me is that I work for a living and have a hard time feeding my fat azz. Outside of talking and just hanging around for the next two years in hopes of getting a Repube President what are they going to do????

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

November 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

MS TUCKER,CHRIS ROCKS SAYS CRACKER AND REDNECK!

WHY CAN’T I SAY IT?

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Actually, I’m Here From the Government, I would have been morelikely to vote for Mr. Greene, seeing as he had no platform, made no speeches, and had no money. That’s better than the millions being spent by other politicians.

Also, did anyone note that Los Angeles elected a DEAD woman. The candidate died on October 20th, but according to California math, that is within ten days of an election, so her name remained on the ballot.

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

he says the N word, too.

Will that be OK once you start calling others names?

Arlo

November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

Too bad the trend of electing minorities doesn’t transcend Atlanta politics. A white person (much less a white woman) getting elected mayor in Atlanta will unfortunately never happen.

HDB

November 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

Good Grief
November 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

Google the Presidential cabinets,,,,,,particularly i n wikipedia….compile the list…….

To clarify: Reagan (2): Clifford Alexander, Secretary of the Army; Samuel Pierce – HUD
Bush 43 (4): Alphonso Jackson (HUD); Condi Rice/Colin Powell (State) Rod Page (Education)
Bush 41 (1) Louis Sullivan, Surgeon General

Republican Total: 7
Clinton Cabinet: Alexis Herman, Secretary of Labor; Ron Brown, Secretary of Commerce, Mike Espy, Secretary of Agriculture; Hazel O’Leary, Energy Secretary, Jesse Brown AND Togo West, Secretary of Veterans Affairs; John Shannon AND Togo West, Secretary of the Army, Joycelyn Elders, Surgeon General
Clinton Total: 8 (counting Togo West only once although he held two cabinet positions)……

QueDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

GOOD GRIEF…………………………….Your last comment scares me. If you could not see that Greene was PUT there solely to ensure Jim Demented was re-elected, then not only should your voter card be revoked, you should be forced to move to SC!!!

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

November 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

NATHAN DEAL WAS RIGHT ABOUT THE BLACK GHETTO GRANDMAMMAS?

BUT HE’S GOING TO DESTROY THE REST OF RURAL WHITE GEORGIA! YOU HICKS ARE IN FOR MORE TROUBLE!

THANK YOU SONNY PERDUE AND NATHAN DEAL FOR HELPING TO KEEP THESE REDNECKS IN RURAL GEORGIA POOR!

Scout

November 3rd, 2010
11:37 am

The bottom line according to Krauthammer: “The American people have rejected Obama’s ideology and the question remains – can he moderate?”

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

November 3rd, 2010
11:38 am

@ Good Grief
November 3rd, 2010
11:31 am

Actually, I’m Here From the Government, I would have been morelikely to vote for Mr. Greene, seeing as he had no platform, made no speeches, and had no money. That’s better than the millions being spent by other politicians.

You are the problem. Uninformed and votes!

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

QueDawg – I apologize. Sarcasm does not show up well in print. While I do not like candidates spending millions, I do recognize that some campaigns are just doomed from the start.

CYNT U MUST KEEP UR JOB

November 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

BRING SHERMAN BACK,SO THAT HE CAN FINISH BURNING THE REST OF RURAL GEORGIA DOWN!

Alatsea

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

Where are all of CT’s lap dogs?

QueDawg

November 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

ARLO…………………You lost your chance with that when yall shut down your major revenue source in taxes! BUCKHEAD PARTY DISTRICT!

Racist Georgian

November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

What is the point that Republicans of color won? Clarence Thomas is a person of color too and look how he turned out!

Good Grief

November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

I’m Here – I consider myself rather well informed when it comes to voting. I agree with you that there are far too many uninformed voters, but every time I’ve ever brought up that issue, I’m told the only means of discovering who is and is not informed equate to racism.

HDB

November 3rd, 2010
11:41 am

Good Grief
November 3rd, 2010
11:16 am

BTW…the FIRST black member of ANY Presidential Cabinet was done under LBJ!!

….from wikipedia: Jan 18, 1966. Robert Clifton Weaver was sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, becoming the first black cabinet member in US history. He was nominated by President Lyndon Johnson. Weaver died at New York, NY, July 17, 1997.

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

November 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

Arlo
November 3rd, 2010
11:35 am

Too bad the trend of electing minorities doesn’t transcend Atlanta politics. A white person (much less a white woman) getting elected mayor in Atlanta will unfortunately never happen.

Be patience, the blacks running Atlanta will be out as soon as the city crumbles into bankruptcy as other areas breakaway from the madness. (i.e. Sandy Springs)