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  •  Ummm (0+ / 0-)

    "For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton."

    Michael Steele

    The new strategy seems to be to recruit minorities for leadership positions.

    Or is that what you thought you were saying?

    La mathematica è l'alfabeto in cui Dio à scritto l'Universo. Galileo Galilei

    by Pyper on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 12:00:00 PM PST

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    •  Calling a black president a communist (0+ / 0-)

      At every opportunity is a great way for the GOP base, as opposed to its cynical leadership, to show what it really thinks about the 95% of black voters who voted for Obama.

      You can't have it both ways.  The Tea Party worships America's past unreservedly and obsessively, while the GOP leadership keeps saying, "except racism, of course."  No, you can't have America's past back without racism.  That was the lynchpin of the culture.  The Tea Party uses practically identical language and slogans as seen in the Southern secession movement and the Jim Crow movement: states' rights, gun rights, property rights, and limited government.  Ultimately, blacks like Colin Powell can never be neo-Confederate enough to make the Tea Party happy.

      So come on, Pyper, you think someone in your party isn't planning ways to reduce or eliminate the minority vote before it gets too big to intimidate with helpful poll watchers lying about the law?  We've done it before in this country, and whites have done it in South Africa and Rhodesia and they're doing it in Israel now.

      •  My party? (0+ / 0-)

        I voted for more Democrats than Republicans, so which party are you calling mine? Sorry, but I just couldn't bring myself to vote for Alvin Greene (with his pending felony case and absolute lack of a clue). But I didn't vote for Jim DeMint, either.

        I don't doubt that there isn't "someone" in the Republican party who is a racist. There are racist Democrats too. But there are fewer of them today than there were 20 years ago. I encounter less overt racism here in South Carolina than I do in New England, New York, and Pennsylvania.

        But if there is a race based motive to nominating Tim Scott it hardly seems like the idea is to suppress minority turnout. Unless your argument goes, "Hey Bubba, lets hold down the blacks by putting them in charge."

        I live in a part of South Carolina that is both very white and very conservative. When I moved here we still had paper ballots. At that time, the person you handed your ballot to (the person who put your ballot into the box) was a black man. Is that your idea of intimidation?

        I've lived three different places, and I've never once seen anything that could be interpreted as intimidation at or near a polling place. Does it happen? Probably. It probably happens on both sides, and we should work to eliminate it, but it's not prevalent. What you are doing is taking the actions of a very few, and painting a large group with their actions. This is the very definition of prejudice.

        La mathematica è l'alfabeto in cui Dio à scritto l'Universo. Galileo Galilei

        by Pyper on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 04:48:19 AM PST

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