Really? Don Lemon is asking if white Republican Presidential candidates are black enough?
Is Don Lemon black enough?
Anyway, let’s have a look-see:
Believing Hillary Clinton has the women vote all but sewn up, they’re coming after voters of color.
Don’t be so sure of that. Assuming HRC is the Democrat nominee, I don’t think the politics of the women’s vote will much change in 2016 compared to 2012. The Republican will carry married white women by landslide margins, those with children by even bigger landslide margins, and the Democrat, HRC or otherwise, will carry all other kinds of women by landslide margins.
Late last year in October in an interview with Politico Rand Paul said he believes a GOP candidate, probably him, can get at least a third of the black vote, if not more.
Paul said, “I don’t want to limit it to that. I don’t want to say there’s only a third open. … The reason I use the number ‘a third,’ is that when you do surveys of African-American voters, a third of them are conservative on a preponderance of the issues. So, there is upside potential.”
According to Politico last year Paul also met with black leaders in Ferguson, opened up a GOP outreach office in a black neighborhood in Kentucky and spoke at the National Urban League convention.
He’s also been speaking a lot about fair sentencing for crimes where blacks are disproportionately affected.
He was one of the sponsors the Fair Sentencing Act, which President Barack Obama signed last year.
Is Rand Paul black enough?
Remains to be seen.
No, it doesn’t remain to be seen. Any given Democrat will get almost 100% of the black vote versus Rand Paul.
What about Mike Huckabee?
Huckabee says he has more street cred than any of the 2016 Republican hopefuls, telling The Hill last September, “I know how to govern. It’s about developing relationships, building camaraderie, building trust. I don’t think you’ll find a Republican who got 49 percent of the African-American vote, as I did, in my reelection as governor. That had high Hispanic support. Those are things I think could be valuable to the party.”
And what did Arkansas get with “49% of the black vote” and “high Hispanic support?” Mike Huckabee as Governor. Good ole race pandering xenophiliac white-hating Mike Huckabee. I’ve always said here that I wouldn’t want anything more than a fringe percentage of the black vote and nowhere near a majority of the Hispanic vote, because I know what it would take to get anything more than that, and that which it would take is bad for white people. What happens when a Republican does well (relatively speaking) among blacks and Hispanics? Not only Gov. Mike Huckabee, but also Gov. Krispy Christie.
Besides, any given Democrat will get almost 100% of the black vote and around two-thirds of the Hispanic vote versus Mike Huckabee. There are lots of Republicans who do not too badly, relatively speaking, among black and Hispanic voters in gubernatorial politics, but it doesn’t translate at all to Presidential politics. That’s because gubernatorial politics and Presidential politics are different. Mayoral politics and national politics are different, a point which I drove home with my endorsement of Rahm Emanuel for Chicago Mayor.
Is Marco Rubio black enough?
Well, he thinks so.
The Florida Republican has been openly discussing his love affair with rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G.
It is an obvious attempt to reach out to young and black voters.
First off, both Tupac and Biggie were murdered in quasi-gangland affairs, second, Tupac was murdered in 1996 and Biggie in 1997, the former will have been 20 years during the general election campaign season next year. What young people or black people really care about Tupac or Biggie anymore?
While Mitt Romney did get 20% of black men under 30 versus Obama, all that means is that of the five black men under 30 that actually voted, one voted for Romney. Irrelevant constituency.
Any given Democrat will get almost 100% of the black vote versus Marco Rubio.
Any given….aw hell, you know the drill by now.