September 3, 2004

AMERICA'S FIRST INDIAN PRESIDENT:

Now Indians are like God for Bush (The Times of India, 8/31/04)

Several leading Indian Americans are part of a special committee announced by the Bush-Cheney campaign to re-elect President George Bush in the forthcoming November 2 presidential polls.

The newly constituted 75-member Asian Pacific American National Steering Committee (APANSC) is headed by Labour Secretary Elaine Chao.

The Indian Americans include the Republican Party's Zach Zachariah, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a cardiologist and a leading fundraiser; Raghavendra Vijayanagar, also a heart surgeon in Tampa, Florida, and founder and chairman of the Indian American Republican Council; Joseph Melookaran, a chartered accountant and businessman from Overland Park, Kansas; and Pakistani American Ahmed Kabani, a Miami-based hotel and tourism industry businessman.


No idea what the headline means but the growing identification of the GOP with India and the Democrats with France helps both ways.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 3, 2004 2:10 PM
Comments

Yeah, the headline seems to indicate those Indians are kind of sold on themselves, well whatever it takes to get a vote. I sure hope the gay lobby doesn't get any ideas.

Posted by: h-man at September 3, 2004 2:26 PM

Well, a bit of smugness is pardonable. The Indian-American community has grown by leaps and bounds the last couple of decades, and Indian immigrants tending to be exceptionally well-educated and hard-working (did you ever notice how many of your doctors these days tend to be from the subcontinent? It's almost getting to be a stereotype) they're a natural GOP constituency, probably more so than the Muslims that Bush tried to woo in '00.

Posted by: Joe at September 3, 2004 7:48 PM
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