January 27, 2005

TROUBLE WITH HARRY:

CRUSADE VS. RICE FREEZING OUT BLACK DEMS (DEBORAH ORIN, January 27, 2005, NY Post)

The Dem attack on Rice was "very foolish" and "potentially costly" because it could backfire among blacks, said Democratic pollster Ron Lester, an expert on the African-American vote.

"A lot of African-Americans are watching this and they're wondering why [Democrats] are going after her so hard. She has an exemplary record. She's probably better qualified than most secretaries of state that we have had."

Rice, who was confirmed yesterday as the first black female secretary of state, has a very favorable rating among blacks — 55 percent positive and only 15 percent negative, Lester said.

Another high-profile black Democrat was even more blunt, saying the attacks on Rice — featuring ex-Ku Klux Klan "kleagle" Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) — "made me sick to my stomach."

Only 13 Democrats voted against Rice, but party leaders were incapable of reining them in, and so let them become the public face of the Democratic Party.


Themost revealing vote against was that cast by Evan Bayh, who's obviously calculated that in order to ingratiate himself with Party activists he has to side with the reactionary Left. The whole episode though raises questions about whether Harry Reid or Dick Durbin is actually running the caucus.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2005 1:02 PM
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A 55 percent approval rating among blacks? I shouldn't be surprised, but I am. Putting her on the ticket in '08 is a no-brainer.

Posted by: Timothy at January 27, 2005 1:40 PM

Assuming Rice does an exemplary job at State and all the ducks are in a row for her to do precisely that, how quickly do people around here feel that the Dems will use the fact that she is unmarried against her? After all, they were perfectly happy to call Lindsay Graham, 'light in the loafers.'

Posted by: Bart at January 27, 2005 2:06 PM

Assuming Rice does an exemplary job at State and all the ducks are in a row for her to do precisely that, how quickly do people around here feel that the Dems will use the fact that she is unmarried against her? After all, they were perfectly happy to call Lindsay Graham, 'light in the loafers.'

Posted by: Bart at January 27, 2005 2:06 PM

Well, that's hard to say Bart, but it took you about 24 hrs to break the ice. Graham hasn't overwhelmed me. He's managed to take cheap shots at the President regarding alleged torture, which was silly of him.

Posted by: h-man at January 27, 2005 3:17 PM

Which Republican abstained from voting? I can't seem to find that anywhere.

Posted by: erp at January 27, 2005 11:30 PM

Conrad Burns and Judd Gregg didn't vote. Frist stated in the Congressional Record that they were both absent and that Burns would have voted yes had he been there. Burns also made a statement on the record supporting the nomination.

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=1&vote=00002

Posted by: Random Lawyer at January 28, 2005 11:00 AM

h,

If I can think of it, don't you think it's come to James Carville's mind?

Posted by: Bart at January 28, 2005 2:03 PM
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