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Apparently, Ken Cuccinelli’s running mate has been chosen to appeal to people who feel Cuccinelli is a bit of a wet.
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The guy’s interviews are really something. I give him six months before he gets caught propositioning an undercover cop at a turnpike rest area somewhere.
And I give him four years before he’s nominated as the Virginia GOP’s gubernatorial candidate.
First he’ll be the GOP Vice Presidential pick three years from now. It’ll be really funny when the Cruz/Jackson ticket sets the record for lowest minority vote share in a presidential election.
Somewhere, Alan Keyes is pouting.
who feel Cuccinelli is a bit of a wet.
a bit of a wet what? hen? back? work? okole?
You forgot blanket, but here.
I always thought it was a shortening of “wet noodle,” but I see from wikipedia that it’s English boarding school slang. Scott’s Canadian elitism is showing, I guess.
Why does the GOP constantly think that the solution to their negligible support among African-Americans is not introspection and crafting a new appeal to actual existing African-Americans, but instead the wild over-promotion of those few rare and often flamboyantly crazy African-Americans who’ve made the rather exceptional decision to embrace the Republican party, regardless of how many rather disturbing reasons those people might have for being so far from the mainstream?
Crazy? Yeah, crazy… all the way to the bank. I mean, some of these hard-right black politicians may actually believe the things they say, but given the huge financial and political incentives involved, you have to believe that a lot of these guys are just cynical manipulators. Black people are being enslaved by Obamacare! Book deal, please!
To your larger point, embracing policies and/or rhetoric that would actually appeal to a significant percentage of black voters would be completely unacceptable to their current voter base.
I’ll bet they could still push a Screw The Poors worldview while getting a lot more than the 5% of the African-American vote they now do, if they were just to work on how they sell it and who they appear to be. Even pushing their share of the African-American vote up to the ~1/3 the Republicans get of Latino votes would make a big difference. The Republicans would just have to put in the long, slow work of seeming to like and respect Black Folks. Instead of which they constantly reach for the shortcut of embracing whatever crazy Black person is most flattering to them, some nutjob who screams from random park benches that the Democrats are not merely wrong in their policies but are the spawn of Satan. This approach is of course tremendously patronizing to the African-American community, and I suspect it actually hurts the Republicans’ potential for outreach.
That’s the thing: Republicans can’t even get 27% of the black 27 percenter vote. You have to try hard to do that badly.
The Republicans would just have to put in the long, slow work of seeming to like and respect Black Folks.
That’s going to be tricky to do while simultaneously *continuing* the long, slow work of convincing the rubes that every brown-looking person in the country is getting handouts and plotting to steal all the white wimmins (and the golfs, somehow).
Y’know, the standard GOP platform…
Yeah, that’s the part their base won’t tolerate.
But he’s black! That means Democrats HAVE to vote for him!
Check and mate, Mr. McAuliffe.
Also, “achievement” is one of those “I before E” things.
It also proves that the liberals are the real racists.
check out the guy running for Atty General. He’s a state senator who submitted a bill requiring women suffering a miscarriage to report it to police within 24 hours…
In person and in full mourning dress, no doubt.
It was the requirement to identify “the location of the remains” that really cranked this to eleven.
I fear va is slowly going the way of Kansas.
Actually, Virginia has been trending purple for the last at least 5 years. VA voted for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and has two Democratic US Senators. That said, the House of Delegates is Republican, and the state Senate is evenly divided with the Repub lt gov (who declined to attend the crazy nominating convention–there’s a long story there) as the tie-breaker.
The VA GOP, on the other hand, seems to be going the way of Texas. It’s hard to believe the delegates to that convention think this guy is their best shot at winning a statewide election, but apparently they do.
I don’t think they do, any more than Delaware Tea Partiers thought Christine O’Donnell was their best shot at winning a Senate seat. They just don’t care.
I’m impressed with VA GOP’s persistence in working so hard to lose to our loser. It’s quite an impressive effort.
Because Keyes and Cain were SUCH the winners? I heard that wrote there was an amazing surge of GOP enthusiasm for Cain, thinking he HAD to beat Ohama….
Meet the guy who will take the fall when McCauliffe is elected.
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