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 “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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November 3rd, 2010
5:18 pm

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

Cynthia, you are delusional! It is not about skin color.


November 3rd, 2010
5:19 pm

I was dissappointed to read your column today. Was hoping to get a laugh or two while reading the 101 excuses about the Republican thrashing.


November 3rd, 2010
5:21 pm

Granny- we may not agree too often, but being a southern gentleman and huge admirer of sportsmanship, I tip my cap with respect to you. You were the 1st post (just got on) and with the utmost class, you congratulated the winners. If both sides could act that way we would be way down the road to solving most issues.


November 3rd, 2010
5:48 pm

“a Republican lawmaker who supported one of her opponents called her a “raghead.” (Haley, by the way, is Methodist.)”

“Why is it that Democrats and Liberals are always bringing up race?”

In the first sentence above, taken from the article, I think “your” democratic observation is shot all too hell. You know exactly what you people mean by “raghead.” It’s people like you who have their head stuck in the sand. Racism in America is alive and well, as much as baseball, and apple pie.

Pain Maker

November 3rd, 2010
6:08 pm

I like to piss off and embarrass my brother in law, who graduated from Auburn, by reminding him Cynthia graduated from Auburn too.

Oh Dear Queen of Cut/Paste, when will you understand it wasn’t motivation by Obama. It was the pure rejection of Obama.


November 3rd, 2010
6:29 pm

CT – you are so delusional it is a wonder they keep you on at the AJC – you have LOST all objectivity. To think that the black republicans were “inspired” by Obama is an insult to them. THE ONLY way they were inspired was to do something to get rid of him. I guess you could also say that black writers/professors like Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams, and Georgia’s own Herman Cain were “influenced” by Obama too – just read or listen to what THEY have to say. You just can’t seem to get over your love affair with Obama. I glad that last night made real “change”.


November 3rd, 2010
6:46 pm

Black, white, tan brown yellow, it doesn’t matter. They are Republicans! Try to reason that phrase Cynthia instead of trying to seperate a political party by race.


November 3rd, 2010
7:01 pm

I thought when republicans were elected, national debt would be reigned in! Turns out, the Federal Reserve put the US another $600 Billion in debt before the ballots were even counted. While the republicans will certainly claim credit for any successes, if this had happened under the Democrats it would be called “another failed stimulus.” This is an example of republican “small govt.” Which means, let the corporations rule We the People. republicans willingly acquiesce. Enjoy the expansion of drug testing, Employment at Will, more standardized testing in schools.

WaPo – 11/04/10
“Fed to Buy $600 Billion in Bonds to Boost Economy
The Fed will, in effect, print money to buy Treasury bonds – an extra $600 billion worth by June 2011 – in a bid to lower long-term interest rates.”

Sure republicans voted like Fox news and AM 750 told them, but that’s because those entities benefit from stupidity.


November 3rd, 2010
7:15 pm

I saw this headline this morning but had no time to comment then. This is perhaps the single most ludicrous column Ms. Tucker has ever written, which is saying a lot given her daily output of racist drivel and hypocrisy.

I had honestly thought, given her history, that Ms. Tucker would find some way, somehow, to label all these people as Uncle Toms even if she had the good sense to not use those words. But she outdid herself!


November 3rd, 2010
7:16 pm

Non-monopolist: the GOP House has not been seat, and even if they did, they have no authority over the Fed.

we hit em in November

November 3rd, 2010
7:59 pm

They were inspired to stop Obama and the loony left.


November 3rd, 2010
8:04 pm

Cynthia if you read your history lesson blacks left the Republican party, because of the ignorance of them thinking Democrats were solely responsible for the civil rights bills of the 60’s however they failed to know about the 1957 civil rights bill voted down by Democrats and a major sponsor of the 1964 voting rights bill was a Republican. Republican voted over 80%, numbers higher than Democrats for the civil rights bills of the 60’s but Lyndon Johnson get the credit, even though he opposed it before in the 50’s.


November 3rd, 2010
8:06 pm

verbot… of course they don’t have authority over the fed. That’s the effect of “smaller govt” that repubes are continuously clamoring over. And $600 Billion IS national debt that pubes have been telling us we need to fix.

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

November 3rd, 2010
8:07 pm

Where have the RINOs gone?

Long time passing

Where have all the aisle reachers gone

Long time ago

Where have all the squishes gone

The Tea Baggers picked them every one

When will they ever learn

When will they eeeeevvvvveeeeerrrrrr learrrrrrrrnnnnnnnn?

mmm, mmmm, mmmmm!

My middle name is David

November 3rd, 2010
8:15 pm

Herman Cain sounds like he’s going to run for President.

Herman is a regular at Tea Parties Cynthia.

Your paranoia of The Tea Party is based on ignorance. You ought to attend a tea party rally undercover.

Report to us on your experience. You won the “Big Prize”. Show us bloggers you can do some real research and journalism.

Look around CT. It’s the economy silly !!

Martin Williams

November 3rd, 2010
8:16 pm

Sounds great, but this is all a myth Cynthia. As soon as Obama leaves office all these minority winners and as you stated won in States with large White majority will be dumped again. They all better talked to J.C. Watt, the former house member. The GOP will never be 1/3 diverse.


November 3rd, 2010
8:43 pm

Blacks are so RACIST anymore. Whites should start acting like blacks and vote ONLY for White Candidate and White only issues. We are ALL Americans, Blacks shoukd think about that. Because Whites can take care of themselves.

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

November 3rd, 2010
9:15 pm

obozo the lame duck.

You heard it here first.

fox news hater

November 3rd, 2010
9:17 pm

perdue in office ??did nothing in 8 yrs ?? highest unemployment in ga history.. nathan deal will be even worse..why??georgia 49th on education and it shows.. poor ,and working class white americans voting republican a party that gears toward the rich and powerful and huge as georgia fall behind alabama and mississippi and further become the redneck capital of the world ..when will my fellow white americans relize thier shooting themselves in the foot voting republican…


November 3rd, 2010
9:23 pm

Roy Barnes to this follows: ” I have fought the good fight, run the good race, kept the good faith but the Dead vote in Atlanta did not come in the way they promised “

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
9:25 pm

fox news hater

- -americans relize thier shooting themselves in the foot – -

Obviously a product of Georgia Schools

Nothing Is Free

November 3rd, 2010
9:34 pm


Republicans don’t take their seats until January of next year. Congress is still held by Democrats until then.

What happened to the fed today will be blamed, (Rightfully so) on the democrats.

You seem a little angry. You OK?


November 3rd, 2010
9:41 pm

Flip flop,flip flop, whoa……man! How bout those tea parties! more to come.

The Dude Abides

November 3rd, 2010
9:48 pm

What’s up with Hank Johnson winning his seat? No options in the 4th district? Geez. That’s the “Guam’s gonna flip over” guy. I guess McKinney wasn’t going to try and make another run huh?

Since I’m a mechanic, I guess I have inspired a lot of Nascar drivers to live the dream. What are you getting at here Tucker? You’re not making any sense!

The Dude Abides

November 3rd, 2010
9:50 pm

Fox news clown:

Highest unemployment can probably be attributed to many things out of Perdue’s control. You know, this whole recession and everything..LMAO – you asleep over there clown?!?

The drop rate is down under Perdue…or at least that’s what the TV told me…LOL

The Dude Abides

November 3rd, 2010
10:22 pm

Prop 19 baby..

Obama Zombie

November 3rd, 2010
10:32 pm

Is Georgia a great state or what in electing one of the 15 most corrupt pols in congress as their governor? I bet none of our fine christian hypocrotes who are against crime voted for the Real Deal,lmao!!!!

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

November 3rd, 2010
10:34 pm

If someone’s a teabegger then I suppose vuduchld is a teabegee.


"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

November 3rd, 2010
10:44 pm

Off Topic:

The people living in tents in Haiti have been told to evacuate ahead of the storm that’s coming on friday. Where are these human beings going to go?

auburn fan

November 3rd, 2010
11:07 pm

Inspired to defeat Obama’s policies maybe.

auburn fan

November 3rd, 2010
11:08 pm

Would support Herman Cain. He is a real leader.

Bob the Tax Man

November 3rd, 2010
11:46 pm

Does the AJC actually pay Cynthia for these Copy/pastes?


November 3rd, 2010
11:48 pm

Google in the input: www. you can find many brand names, even more surprising is that he will sell you the unexpected o(∩_∩)o

"Information becomes a distraction, a diversion, a form of entertainment" - BHO, May 1, 2010

November 4th, 2010
12:08 am

The storm that’s gonna hit Haiti is Bush’s fault too.

They say

November 4th, 2010
12:40 am

I would vote for Herman Cain in a heartbeat – over Deal and Barnes. He has more sense and knowledge about what is really going on than those two put together. And I am a middle-class, middle-aged, white male. I would like to hear “Run, Herman, Run” the next election.


November 4th, 2010
2:09 am

I see that Condi Rice’s name is mentioned in a lot of responses.
Please know that Ms. Rice is a big supporter of (and voted for) President Obama.

America Lost

November 4th, 2010
2:57 am

“Republicans of color” you know, it must be a horrid life, to base everything on peoples color. The left win never change, all they do is keep up with the color of things. Maybe they should concentrate on content for a while. I’m sure all the people who won on both sides are very nice people, however, when doing a job, the content of their work should be the only thing that matters. Liberals will never let racial division die. They love to bath in it daily. Why anyone would even bring up the color of republicans or democrats is beyond me.

ck hall

November 4th, 2010
4:11 am

Why all the race stuff again?

Lil' Barry Bailout

November 4th, 2010
5:49 am

I guess it says something about Roy Barnes that folks trust him even less than Deal.


November 4th, 2010
5:55 am

Note to Editor – Opinions are one thing. The paper’s obvious support of positions like these are why I canceled my subscription, and the paper is dying a not so slow death. I only checked the on line version today to see if the AJC would ignore the populist message and spin, spin, spin.


November 4th, 2010
6:13 am

Y’all stop harassing CT!
Obama is the inspiration for “people of color’ siding with the Party of Freedom.
He’s such an embarrassment and failure that they cannot stand to have him be the representative of their culture and color.


November 4th, 2010
6:57 am

This column is the closest CT will ever come to admitting she was wrong. The anti-Obama crowd is now electing “Republicans of color.” The Grinch puzzled, and puzzled, ’til her puzzler was sore… then she thought of something that she hadn’t before… maybe, just maybe, tea parties meant something more!

It turns out that the taxpayers’ anti-Obama sentiment were based on his policies, not his race! And those wanting to crack down on illegal immigration were focused on citizens’ rights and national security, not anti-Hispanic racism! Who’d have thunk it?

ken R

November 4th, 2010
7:30 am

Tucker, If Obama inspired these people to run, then why did they run on the Republican ticket?????????????

You are sick and your writing proves that.


November 4th, 2010
8:04 am

I’m white, but I’m inspired by any color if they love this country and put it first…..The biggest thing that needs to happen in this country is for people of color need to quit attacking people of color who are conservative or Republican. I’d vote for Herman Cain Tomorrow for any office.


November 4th, 2010
8:15 am

The biggest fear a Democrat has is to realize that Republicans want them to be successful, free, educated,healthy and enjoy the American dream. Democrats believe that, ” why work your land and grow crops when someone brings you a meal every 4-5 hours…..I think a lot of Blacks are starting to realize that the Dems are not the friends they think they are…..Give us your vote and we’ll keep the crumbs coming is getting old. How about, Get an education, own a farm, and grab the American dream………..The choice is easy. This country is to great not to experience all she has to offer. And yes, Racism still exist……Overcome it.


November 4th, 2010
8:23 am

Black Rep are stupid to be in the Rep party. If a black Rep had the same crooked record as Nathan Deal, do you believe whites in Georgia would have voted for him?
All the places you name tucker, is not in Georgia, look at Deal staff they are all white, look at Obama staff, they are of all color, the only things blacks can do in this state is play football and basketball and entertained these bigots.

Scooter (the Original)

November 4th, 2010
8:48 am

Of course there are fewer minority republicrats, tough love is hard to sell but much more rewarding. Pursuing social justice is enabling and an easy sale.


November 4th, 2010
9:12 am

ROFL — All that have been INSPIRED by Obama, please stand up! What a hoot! Oh Cynthia, you’ve done it again. Your trump card is race. Quit, quit, quit standing behind the smoke and mirrors, dear. Your racist comments hurt us Spanish, Indian, French, English Americans (as opposed to African-Americans). Let’s all just be AMERICANS and drop the race cards completely. We are Americans first. We none can do anything at all about the past, but we can look forward to today and tomorrow will take care of itself. When will you and Cynthia McKinney ever get with the program. It always about race. ALWAYS! And by the way, your friend in DC has called the moving company and reserved a truck and two men to move him back to Chicago where he belongs. And race has little to do with it, doesn’t it?