April 9, 2006


Plans to knock Steele labeled as 'destructive' (Jon Ward, April 7, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Democratic plans to "discredit" Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's reputation among black voters in his run for the U.S. Senate are "destructive" and won't work, a key Maryland Democrat said yesterday.

"[Democrats] ought to be promoting what they're going to do that's positive, instead of trying to knock Steele down," said Wayne K. Curry, former Prince George's County executive.

Mr. Curry said Mr. Steele's candidacy presents an "enormously historic" opportunity for blacks that "may ultimately break this sort of vice grip by Democrats who feel entitled to black votes regardless of how they treat black voters."

If Democrats had any positive ideas to run on we might have heard one or two by now.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 9, 2006 8:40 AM

This is the trap the Democrats have gotten themselves into: they have become the party of outsiders, of the estranged, whether of African and mixed-African descent or South Asian, or whatever. Thus as those formertly estranged individuals become assimilated, such as by economic success, or even something more symbolic, such as joining a gun club, they are lost to the party of the estranged.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 9, 2006 10:01 AM

Republicans need better marketing to Spanish speakers from south of the border, Blacks and Asians. Just telling the truth about Democrats would be a welcome change.

Btw - Since immigrants from south of the border come from various countries, what is the polite term to refer to them collectively. Hispanic, Latino???

Posted by: erp at April 9, 2006 10:27 AM

The GOP needs a TV ad campaign like the old I'm the NRA commercials: A 30-second spot of an amalgam of African-Americans, Hispanics, Hindus, Koreans, etc, young and old, each looking into the camera and saying "I'm a Republican".

Closing voice over: "Don't be taken for granted. Join the Republican Party."

Posted by: Gideon at April 9, 2006 12:23 PM

The angst coming out of the Democratic Party in Maryland over Steele's candidacy and the dangers about trying to discredit him makes it sound more and more as if the party is trying to coalese support around Kweisi Mfume as their nominee, to negate the issue, even though Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin polls better in a head-to-head race against Steele than Mfume does (in fact, if you wanted to get really conspiratoiral, you could say it's in the interests of Kweisi's camp to get the word out to convince Maryland Democrats that if they don't nominate him, they're going to lose the black vote in November).

Posted by: John at April 9, 2006 1:00 PM

Maryland has a large black middle class, much of it in Prince Georges County. Wayne Curry, who served as elected County Executive for 8 years, represents their views and interests far better than Kweisi Mfume. Keep your eye on Curry.

Posted by: ghostcat at April 9, 2006 2:17 PM

erp - Dictionary-wise, Hispanic refers to Spanish-speakers, which is Latin America ex Brazil plus Spain; Latino refers to those who hail from Latin America, inclusive of Brazilians. Most immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Venezuela, Colombia, and other sources of large-scale immigration are fine with both terms.

With Latino, a connotation of "non-American" has built up, as many Latin nationalists prefer that to "Hispanic," which implies a Spanish-speaker in the US. So I prefer to use Hispanic, as I want them to feel comfortable being Americans.

Posted by: pj at April 9, 2006 4:07 PM

Thanks pj. Hispanic it is. I'd like to leave off all the hyphens, but that's a bit down the road yet.

Posted by: erp at April 9, 2006 4:53 PM

Another interesting race to watch is the Keith Butler bid for the Republican Senate nomination here in MI. He's a black conservative from Detroit who could probably attract quite a bit of the black vote in southeastern MI. He's smart, can think on his feet (ministerial background), and is a true conservative. The current Senator, Debbie Stabenow, is the epitome of a colorless politician (what, you mean you've never heard of her?), who's not likely to incite much passion within the black community of metro Detroit.

Posted by: JimBobElrod at April 9, 2006 9:18 PM

Don't be stupid, be a smarty; come and join the Grand Old Party.

Posted by: David Cohen at April 9, 2006 9:42 PM

I like what I've heard and read about Butler; however, the state's GOP leadership appears to be leaning (last I heard) toward supporting Bouchard.

Posted by: Dave W at April 9, 2006 10:47 PM
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