November 5, 2006


Black ministers with clout back Ehrlich (S.A. Miller and Jon Ward, November 5, 2006, THE WASHINGTON TIMES)

Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. received the endorsement yesterday of a half-dozen black ministers who could sway Democratic voters in the battlegrounds of Prince George's County and Baltimore to cross party lines in the election Tuesday.

Mr. Ehrlich, a Republican, stood on a street corner in South Baltimore surrounded by the ministers and touted his record of reaching out to minorities and implementing policies for urban voters, including programs for drug treatment instead of prison time.

"This is an agenda for people regardless of color," he said. "This is white and black and Hispanic and Republican and Democratic. We are changing Maryland for the better."

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 5, 2006 9:09 AM

Ehrlich and Steele have picked up significant support from supposedly influential black leaders and have been doing a lot of urban radio ads. It will be interesting to see if this will have any impact on the final result. It should, even in this bad year. If it doesn't, as one commenter here said yesterday, the Republicans need to rethink how they reach out to Black voters.

Posted by: JAB at November 5, 2006 9:55 AM

It could start by reaching out to them in more winnable races, so that the face of the GOP becomes increasing Latino/Asian/black.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2006 10:00 AM

Not at all. The crumbs to be picked up by pandering to minorities are inconsequential compared to the numbers squandered by abandoning the traditional base. The numbers just don't make sense.

We should do what's right because it is right, with respect to immigration, with respect to quota systems. In practical terms, we can only gain a small percentage of a small percentage by poaching the other side's base, while we would undermine the spirit and will of our own.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 5, 2006 12:37 PM

JAB - I believe you are referring to a comment I made. And yes, if Ehrich and Steele win it could be the crack in the Dem control of the african american vote. If they lose back to the drawing board.

Posted by: AWW at November 5, 2006 12:46 PM

in more winnable races

Erlich was running as an incumbent. Steele also holds statewide office. He's already shown the state is "winnable". I've not heard anything that says either one has done anything really stupid to alienate the state's people. They're picking up support they didn't have the first time, support that supposedly matters.

Considering that, perhaps youcould explain exactly what you consider to be a "winnable" race?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at November 5, 2006 2:01 PM

One where the registration advantage isn't 2-1 for the Democrats and the GOP has won at the presidential level. The Democrats do stuff like let blacks run for unwinnable seats. The GOP ought to run blacks in Red states.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2006 2:17 PM


The spirit of our own should be broken, rather than pandered to. Let Democrats have Darwinist/racist whites -- who generally share the Left's view on abortion and trade as well -- and we'll take Christian Latinos and blacks--there are more of the latter. The right thing morally is the right thing politically.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2006 2:30 PM

"generally share the Left's view on abortion..we'll take Christian Latinos and black"

Something is not computing Blacks have abortion at three times the rate of whites. This Hispanic rate is double the white rate. The net result is that you are arguing to take into the Republican party the two groups that look most favorably on abortion and decreasing the numbers of that group that looks most unfavorably on abortion.

In order to accomplish that feat the Republican coalition will have to liberalize their position on Abortion.

Posted by: h-man at November 5, 2006 3:35 PM

Like Blackwell? We're getting there.

Posted by: Patrick H at November 5, 2006 3:48 PM

The state party fought Blackwell every step of the way because it is so winnable in OH.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2006 3:51 PM

Which is why blacks and Latinos are more anti-abortion--Darwinist whites use it to murder minorities.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2006 3:53 PM

J.C. Watts won 4 or 5 races in OK. If he were still in the House, he might be majority leader.

There are several promising young black Republicans in GA who should start winning statewide races soon. Likewise, one would think LA would offer plenty of opportunity.

If Blackwell loses on Tuesday, he should run against Voinovich in the next Senate primary. All he would need to do is run George's crydown from the Senate floor, and then extoll Bolton's record at the UN. If Voinovich turns mean, he'll be toast.

Posted by: jim hamlen at November 5, 2006 9:01 PM

Yes, they got Watts to run in a Democrat district and haven't run him statewide.

Posted by: oj at November 5, 2006 9:06 PM