This is the first time in ages I’ve looked at something in the NY Times and smiled. Nice picture, too 🙂 The story itself is slightly snippy and illustrates the frustration of the Lamestream media that something is happening that can’t quite account for. Their spin? They owe it all to Barack Obama and his success at showing that African-Americans can win elections. I agree, it is due in large part to Obama, but not his electoral success, it’s due to his harming this nation with incompetent and dangerous policies. If you can call malignant narcissism a policy. Oh, their sub-spins? Tea Partiers and the GOP are racist. Or something.
The other indication of this, of course, is the fact that the people profiled are running as Republicans, not as Democrats. This is a rejection of politics as usual. While West ran in 2008 because it is his calling to do so, this year’s field of extraordinary conservative candidates across the board is due to the disaster of Barack Obama and good Americans, of all complexions, have had enough. The attitude of the NYT is irrelevant, what matters is that even they can’t ignore what’s happening.
Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials. The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.
But now black Republicans are running across the country…“Things have evolved,” said Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, who is heavily involved in recruiting Republican candidates. “I think partly the level of hostility to Obama, Pelosi and Reid makes a lot of people pragmatically more open to a coalition from the standpoint of being a long-term majority party.”
Many of the candidates are trying to align themselves with the Tea Partiers, insisting that the racial dynamics of that movement have been overblown. Videos taken at some Tea Party rallies show some participants holding up signs with racially inflammatory language. The black candidates interviewed overwhelmingly called the racist narrative a news media fiction. “I have been to these rallies, and there are hot dogs and banjos,” said Mr. West, the candidate in Florida, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army. “There is no violence or racism there.”