When I logged on to the NY Times’ web site this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to see an article about the large number of black GOP candidates running for the House this year.
While it’s a solid article overall, there are a few editorial remarks made by the author about the Tea Party that I think are both unfair and inaccurate. However, I’m still glad the article was written, flaws and all.
Black Hopefuls Pick This Year in G.O.P. Races
Among the many reverberations of President Obama’s election, here is one he probably never anticipated: at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans, the biggest surge since Reconstruction, according to party officials.
The House has not had a black Republican since 2003, when J. C. Watts of Oklahoma left after eight years.
But now black Republicans are running across the country — from a largely white swath of beach communities in Florida to the suburbs of Phoenix, where an African-American candidate has raised more money than all but two of his nine (white) Republican competitors in the primary.
Party officials and the candidates themselves acknowledge that they still have uphill fights in both the primaries and the general elections, but they say that black Republicans are running with a confidence they have never had before. They credit the marriage of two factors: dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, and the proof, as provided by Mr. Obama, that blacks can get elected.
Steinhauer goes on to talk about:
– Allen West, running in Florida’s 22nd district.
– Vernon Parker, running in Arizona’s 3rd district.
– Ryan Frazier, running in Colorado’s 7th district.
– Princella Smith, running in Arkansa’s 1st district.
Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey chimes in:
These [Tea Party] rallies back candidates like West, Princella Smith, Vernon Parker, Ryan Frazier, and others. They support these candidates for the simple reason that these candidates best represent their views on governance, fiscal policy, and national security.
Will they all win? Probably not, although this year looks better than most, but it shows that conservatives have no barriers to entry except on policy and philosophy — just like any other political movement.
The media spin on Tea Parties and conservatives has gotten very, very threadbare — and increasingly desperate.