"There is always a philosophy for lack of courage."—Albert Camus

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Dean Eying The Truth

Howard Dean's latest rhetorical excess is a statement to the effect that the Republicans are a 'White Christian Party'.

This, while his opposite number at the RNC is Jewish and on the same day that a black Christian woman was voted on as a Bush nominee to the Federal Appeals Court.

The Democrats used to claim to be colorblind; now we see that they weren't kidding.

6 comments:

Tlaloc said...

Does the word "token" mean anything to you?

"First, the facts. In 2000, according to exit polls, 10% of the roughly 105.4M people whose votes were counted self-identified as African-American, meaning that roughly 10.54 million African-Americans had their votes counted. According to these same exit polls, 90% of African-Americans voted for Gore, or around 9.5 million, and 9% voted for Bush, or around 0.95 million. Gore thus defeated Bush by around 8.5 million votes among African-Americans.

In 2004, according to exit polls, of the roughly 122.3 million people whose votes were counted, 11% self-identified as African-American, meaning that roughly 13.5 million African-Americans had their votes counted. Of those 13.5 million, 88% voted for Kerry, or roughly 11.9 million, while 11% voted for Bush, or around 1.5 million. Thus, while Republicans did manage a very slight percentage gain among African-Americans compared to Democrats, the total gain was overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats."

from
http://www.mydd.com/story/2005/2/3/123111/9767

Dean is essentially correct on race. The minority members of the GOP are few and far between despite the stories every year about how more hispanics and blacks are going GOP it never seems to actually happen.

I do think he's mistaken aout religion though. A great portion of the GOP is not significantly religious. The Neo-cons and Paleo-cons are now finding themselves strapped to the theo-con subsection and they don't seem to like it. I mean sure they want the money and votes but they never intended to give you guys any real say in the party.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, another Dean quote taken out of context. In other words, a lie about Howard Dean.

Hunter Baker said...

We've got plenty of say in the party (speaking for myself as an evangelical)). We probably have more elective offices held at every level than the any other branch of the party. The President is arguably squarely in our camp.

As far as the racial numbers go, African-Americans have been very resistant, but the GOP did much, much better with Hispanics. Issues like gay marriage will drive more African-Americans to the GOP. If the Dems should lose even 15% of the black vote, they'll be finished.

Anonymous said...

Surely you mean "non-issues like gay marriage".

James Elliott said...

The Neo-cons and Paleo-cons are now finding themselves strapped to the theo-con subsection and they don't seem to like it.

Ever read a neo-con book, like Irving Kristol's? The neo-cons and the theo-cons have a whole hell of a lot in common.

Anonymous: I too will never understand the focus on homosexuals. It makes no sense.

Anonymous said...

"Issues like gay marriage will drive more African-Americans to the GOP"

Sure, the GOP welcomes reactionaries of all colors in their big tent