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  •  The media disregards... (10+ / 0-)

    ...anyone from Hawaii because somehow it doesn't count to them.

    And they disregard Menendez because, well, no one really knows why.  I think it's just that he's been around a long time in Congress, and somehow he seems an ordinary part of the ol' boys' network, which he is, but then the media decide he's not a "real" minority somehow.

    Meanwhile, Cowan is fairly dismissed as an electoral figure, but so is Scott......but the media figures Scott is not a placeholder and will run in his own right and win, so that's their rationale.  But that doesn't matter right now, for now they're both just appointees.

    All this involves, as I said, the media twisting themselves into pretzels in their groupthink that fails to see the forest from the trees.

    And of course, the biggest fail, worth mentioning again, is that Democrats have a two-term black President in power right now!

    But that, too, must be dismissed.  Why, no one knows.

    45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

    by DCCyclone on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:14:19 PM PDT

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    •  I'll give credit for one thing in that article (3+ / 0-)
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      JMart did make mention of Anthony Brown, Lt. Gov. of Maryland who could be the state's first African American governor.  Considering how the media endlessly fawned over Michael Steele when he held the same position (including his failed attempt to move up to US Senate), it's good that Brown got some equal time.  (BTW, speaking of Steele and his Senate campaign, this article reminds me of the 2005-06 cycle when the GOP hyped him and several other unsuccessful African American candidates as some sort of major political shift/breakthrough, and the media played right along with that tripe.)

      Much of what's in there, though, is absurd, irrelevant, or lacks context.  Adrian Fenty's defeat in DC proves what?  He was replaced by another African American Democrat, Vince Gray (who may lose next year, but not due to race.)  Jesse Jackson Jr. was forced from office due to scandal--how do his screwups set back African American political progress overall?  Oh, and the fact that he was succeeded by an excellent AA candidate, Robin Kelly, was unmentioned.

      37, MD-8 (MD-6 after 2012) resident, NOVA raised, Euro/Anglophile Democrat

      by Mike in MD on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 09:47:23 PM PDT

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      •  Wow, that's a noob move by him. (2+ / 0-)
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        ArkDem14, bumiputera

        Fenty was beaten by a black Democrat in the primary due to school issues, JJJ stepped down due to illness and legal woes, and Artur Davis lost the Gubernatorial primary to a white Democrat because Davis snubbed them and assumed they were in the bag because he was black.  Davis made a Republican mistake in assuming that race=votes and even the Democrats in his heavily black district voted for primary opponent Ron Sparks.  I'm not too familiar with how else Davis pissed off the AA community, but from what little I read back then indicated that: A. He was aloof and dodged campaign events with black leaders and personalities, assuming they were in the bag, and focused on appealing to white voters while not realizing that a huge bloc in the Dem primary electorate was giving him the cold shoulder. B. GradyDem said that Davis dodged the usual Democratic machine and tried to do his own thing.

        "It is the stillest words that bring on the storm. Thoughts that come on doves' feet guide the world." -Nietzche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

        by KingofSpades on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:07:47 PM PDT

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      •  Basically, what Cylcone calls (2+ / 0-)
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        the white cottage industry of news reporting, (and even minority reporters on the beltway do this), is more interested in perpetually promoting the self-narrative of Republicans to be diverse even when that is not remotely the case.

        And it doesn't matter how many abrasive far-right activists, who are also minorities, the Republican base fawns over and pushes up to high ranking positions (there still aren't many) Republicans aren't going to win these minority groups until they 1. Drop the racist assumption that minorities vote their minority (black candidates vote for black candidates) and not politics, and more importantly, 2. Become a more moderate party with centrist views on the governments ability to be a positive force, to provide a social safety net, and to liberalize their social policy.

        "Once, many, many years ago I thought I was wrong. Of course it turned out I had been right all along. But I was wrong to have thought I was wrong." -John Foster Dulles. My Political Compass Score: -4.00, -3.69, Proud member of DKE

        by ArkDem14 on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 10:32:18 PM PDT

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      •  But that just destroys JMart's own thesis (1+ / 0-)
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        He talks about 3-4 GOP statewide electeds as if they are 100, and dismisses the same number of Dems as if they are zero.

        Some amazingly fuzzy math there.

        What these idiot political journos don't get is that it's not about fine-tuned bean counting, that's not what people of color or anyone else cares about.

        45, male, Indian-American, married and proud father of a girl and 2 boys, Democrat, VA-10

        by DCCyclone on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 08:40:43 PM PDT

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