December 19, 2012

HEY, THAT’S NOT THE NARRATIVE! Democrats Facing Diversity Drought.

Come January, Republicans will have at least as many minority senators as Democrats and will have four minority governors to Democrats’ one.

The Senate appointment of Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and the death of Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) on Monday mean that, at least for now, the GOP will have three incoming minority senators, and Democrats will have two or three (depending on who is appointed to Inouye’s seat, though it seems likely to be another minority candidate).

For whatever reason, the GOP is doing a better job of cultivating minority candidates for major statewide office these days. But why? The answer isn’t simple, but a big reason for it is actually a law that was designed to help minorities: The Voting Rights Act. . . . In fact, the National Journal reported that Democrats elected just six minorities to majority-white districts and states in 2010. And they actually had fewer minorities elected to such offices than Republicans did.

Read the whole thing. Meanwhile, the WSJ notes the Democratic/Media narrative failure here:

Mr. Scott will become the Senate’s lone black member and the first black senator from the South since Reconstruction. The GOP will no doubt enjoy having a high-profile black politician to assist in minority outreach. But it’s also worth noting that Mr. Scott is a favorite of the tea party activists whom Democrats and liberals have tried to dismiss as bigots. Two years ago, the NAACP passed a resolution condemning “racist elements and activities” in the tea party. The civil rights group also issued a report that accused the movement of giving a “platform to anti-Semites, racists and bigots.”

The popularity of other black tea party heroes like Herman Cain and Florida Congressman Allen West should have been enough to put this nonsense to rest. But now that this supposedly “racist” grass-roots movement is partly responsible for the Senate’s only black member come January, be assured that the media will set about refuting these baseless accusations.

That was a joke.

Yes, it was.

Related: Obama Losing Ground With Young Black Men? Impossible. All black people think and vote the same way. Everyone knows that. On the other hand, what, exactly, has Obama done for them besides be black himself?

UPDATE: Reader Gregg Geil writes:

Democrat Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas – a white male – represents a Latino majority district. Latinos did not turn out to vote in the primary but hordes of young, urban, white hipsters did, and they voted overwhelmingly for the white liberal over the Mexican American candidate.

Racists!