In GOP a Black Comeback
Say what? Have President Obama's approval ratings been that shaky? Not quite. At this point we're talking about African Americans who merely have thrown their bonnets in the ring for the Republican nomination in their districts. Political oddsmakers don't give many of them much of a chance to win.
That's not something I celebrate, since I believe, as many of these candidates do, that black voters would benefit from having both parties competing for black support, along with that of other Americans. But since the
Many still hope
Ironically, exasperated Republican insiders tell me, Steele probably would have been gone by now if the party didn't have such a severe shortage of Republicans-of-color in key positions.
Republican leaders these days find themselves in the awkward position of trying to reach out to nonwhites without calling attention to race. They favor a color-blind society as a policy position and oppose affirmative action "quotas." Yet they are not comfortable with looking increasingly like a white party, especially when they have to go up against the country's first black president on issues.
At latest count, 33 African Americans are running for Republican nominations to
The bad news in this story is that none of the 33 is considered at this point to be a favorite to win. Nevertheless, they point out, Obama was a long shot, too. "I think we're going to see some surprises this year," said Johnson, who expects at least five to be contenders. "It depends on how many of the 33 get nominated."
Indeed, nominations count, and black Republican congressional nominations actually have been falling off in recent years, according to
In the twenty years that he has been tallying those numbers, Bositis has seen black Republican congressional nominees rise from 11 in 1990 to 23 in the 1994 and 2000 races, then fall off to 10 in 2002, 15 in 2004, and only 9 in 2006 and 2008.
Republicans usually don't usually have much competition for their party's nomination in black districts, where Democratic primaries usually decide who serves more than the general election does. The only two black Republican congressmen since the 1930s,
One who is receiving serious attention after raising serious money is
West resigned with full benefits after an investigation for allegedly harsh interrogation of an Iraqi police officer that included firing a pistol near the suspected insurgent's head. He's an underdog against Democratic incumbent
As a tea party-supporting conservative, West illustrates how far right the
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