November 7, 2004


Blacks bond over Bush votes (Monica Yant Kinney, 11/07/04, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Talk about shattering stereotypes.

Two middle-age African American women in a Camden hair salon just realized they're both Republicans.

Normally, Stephanie Holmes and Neicy Tribbett talk about everything as Stephanie works an auburn weave into Neicy's formerly blond hair.

But this fall, each kept quiet about her conservative conversion.

That is, until I showed up at the beauty shop Friday to ask about God and government.

"I didn't know you voted for Bush," Neicy gasps.

"I didn't know you did, either," Stephanie says with a giggle.

"I've never, ever done anything like this before," she adds. "And I'm 42."

Praise the Lord, and the President.

You don't have to go to Ohio, or Oklahoma, to find folks voting on faith and faith alone.

They're alive and well in Camden.

The Christian ladies are talking about gay marriage and abortion at Stephanie's Salon on Haddon Avenue.

Inside the Crab Stop shop on Mount Ephraim Avenue, Tim Polijczuk reads Pat Robertson's book The Ten Offenses when he's not selling seafood.

"Religion swayed my vote," he says.

And this, from a first-timer.

At the Camden Rescue Mission, the Rev. Al Stewart explains how a proud black man became a Republican.

"President Bush, he's getting us to think about our spiritual and moral problems," Stewart says.

"He has encouraged a lot of us who were in the closet to come out."

Get the GOP to just 30% of the black vote and it shrinks Blue America by several more states.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 7, 2004 5:03 PM

Another reason why the meltdown by leftist pundits in the past week is so inexplicable. By portraying those who are opposed to same-sex marriage as medieval bigots, they threaten to scare off blacks and whatever rural support they have left, thereby further destroying their own party.

Posted by: brian at November 7, 2004 5:24 PM

They figure Bush voters can't read, so they can say what they really believe.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 7, 2004 5:33 PM

They are in a state of shock, poor dears.

They simply must express themselves. It's a therapy thang. (They all held back before the elections, it seems.)

And everything is therefore forgiven (so they believe).

Posted by: Barry Meislin at November 7, 2004 5:36 PM

Considering the almost endless stream of wallowing-in-self-pity commentary we've seen since last Wednesday, can you even begin to imagine what insufferable self-righteous and sanctimonious lecturing we would have been forced to endure had Kerry won?

Posted by: MB at November 7, 2004 6:25 PM

I'm not at all religious but admire those who can believe and welcome them into the Republican party along with any atheists and agnostics who have also realized that the Democrats have sold them a bill of goods.

The people who voted for Bush for any number of reasons want only to live in a country where there is dignity and decorum and where we can live in peace treating each other with kindness and courtesy respecting that we all can't agree on every issue.

I just hope that the vulgarity and violence perpetrated by the popular culture hasn't create such a backlash that we'll go back to the bad old days of censorship.

Posted by: erp at November 7, 2004 6:26 PM

Run J.C. Watts on the ticket, and you'll get that 30%. Plus, we will have the perversely joyful observation of Kweisi or Jesse or Rev. Al being eviscerated after calling the hon. Mr. Watts an Uncle Tom.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 7, 2004 7:06 PM

Does anyone have a final number yet on what this year's percentage of the African-American vote that went to Bush was? I'm almost certain it was higher than the 9% he garnered in 2000 but still less than the 18% - 20% that some polls had.

Posted by: Joe at November 7, 2004 7:51 PM

I'd heard it was only 10-12%, which is mighty disappointing, but then again, those numbers are from the same people who gave us the exit poll numbers.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 7, 2004 9:28 PM

Exit polls had it at 11%, which is certainly an improvement, but not good enough. We need 1/3 of the Black vote to push the blue staters into the sea.

Exit polls did have Bush at 44% of Hispanics, mostly based upon stellar performances in Florida and Texas.

Posted by: AML at November 7, 2004 10:09 PM

What was it in Ohio?

I heard it was higher.

And that was the important one.

Posted by: Sandy P at November 7, 2004 10:20 PM


16%. Even more amazing they split women evenly:

Posted by: oj at November 7, 2004 10:34 PM

30% !!!

Try 15%-18%!

If you do a breakdown of Democratic seats, a swing of 18% of the black vote will lose them 15 or 20 seats.

Under this scenario, only NY, IL & CA are "safe" states.

The leftover 527 money should go to developing a DVD on Social Sec private accounts, advertised on BET, and 'hosted by Watts, Rice, & Charles Barkley.

That is worth 20% in 2008.

Posted by: BB at November 8, 2004 12:46 AM

BB - It's not 527 ads that will bring them over - it's faith-based money for local churches and charities, tax credits for private schools, and social security privatization.

Posted by: pj at November 8, 2004 7:20 AM

...can you even begin to imagine what insufferable self-righteous and sanctimonious lecturing we would have been forced to endure had Kerry won?

Especially when Everbody's Favorite Nam Vet couldn't open his mouth to talk down at us rabble without his media claque groupies shouting "THE VOICE OF A GOD! NOT OF A MAN! THE VOICE OF A GOD! NOT OF A MAN!"

Posted by: Ken at November 9, 2004 5:04 PM