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The year of the black Republican, revisited

A few weeks ago, reporters and pundits were dumping ice water on the narrative that 2010 would be a "year of the black Republican." But last night, South Carolina's Tim Scott was only one of two African-Americans who locked down GOP nominations for Congress. The other, Bill Randall, won a runoff in North Carolina and will face adroit Rep. Brad Miller (D-N.C.). Miller has faced off against black Republicans in the past, and Randall enters the race most famous for wondering whether government "collusion" led to the BP spill. So this might be a case of a black candidate garnering headlines but acting, effectively, as a sacrificial lamb.

By David Weigel  |  June 23, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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No, Democrats aren't 'racist' for wanting to oust Alvin Greene

Who is this supposed to appeal to? It's far too patronizing to convince African Americans. I actually caught most of Alvin Greene's interview with Tom Joyner this week, after which Joyner and his hosts grimly discussed how depressing it was to see this buffoon earn the title of "first black U.S. Senate candidate in South Carolina history." Does it convince white conservatives?

By David Weigel  |  June 18, 2010; 3:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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Interviewer concealing S.C. 'raghead' tape did work for Rep. Joe Wilson

Depending on how you want to read it, Donehue's decision to stash away the damaging tape of Knotts is an act of civility, a favor to a Republican who's in some hot water of his own boiling, or both.

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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Why liberals aren't hypocrites when they criticize Rand Paul and Barry Goldwater

You can argue, as Paul does, that we're now so bereft of racism that we don't need to the government to mandate non-discrimination policies. Or you can argue, as liberals do, that government still must play a role prosecuting and preventing discrimination. Any other position is a cop-out.

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Libertarians , Race  
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Alabama GOP candidate removes forged Obama photo from ad

But the pushback was apparently great enough for the campaign to alter the ad and remove the Obama picture:

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 12:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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'They're not going to call me a racist'

A little backstory: Phillip is a client of BaseConnect, the GOP direct mail/media firm that occasionally comes into criticism for its fees in the early stages of campaigns. As a black Republican who has never had qualms about attacking Obama, Phillip has been an idea, attention-grabbing BaseConnect client.

By David Weigel  |  May 24, 2010; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 Election , Race  
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Rand Paul, telling the truth, David Weigel , May 20, 2010
Cracking the New Black Panther case, David Weigel , May 14, 2010
'Obama disses white guys', David Weigel , April 27, 2010
Steele's 'biggest gaffe so far', David Weigel , April 22, 2010
 
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