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Paint It Blackwell
NRO ^ | 1/10/05 | Tim Carney

Posted on 01/10/2005 8:48:19 AM PST by freespirited

Unlike the Jesse Jackson-led Democratic convulsions after the 2000 election was settled, Thursday's shenanigans on the House floor were not primarily an effort to delegitimize George W. Bush's presidency. ash

The number-one target of the protest of Ohio's vote was the most promising African-American Republican politician in the country: Ohio secretary of state Kenneth Blackwell. A word count of the Congressional Record makes the case clearly: George Bush's name was mentioned 109 times during the debate, while Ken Blackwell's was mentioned 149.

When you take into account that many of the Bush mentions were made by Republicans, and that every mention of Blackwell was in a statement by a Democrat, it is clear who the real target of Thursday's proceedings was.

With no black Republicans in the House, Senate, or any governorships, Blackwell is one of the highest-ranking elected African Americans in the GOP. On top of that, he is a true conservative, so much so that the Ohio Republican establishment and Governor Bob Taft find him intolerably irritating.

In 2000, the nasty attacks on Katherine Harris had nothing to do with Harris herself; she simply made a convenient target in the Democrats' attempts to overturn the Bush victory, and then to delegitimize him. With Ohio, it really is about Blackwell.

As a party, the Democrats need to fear Blackwell. He is skilled, conservative, and on his way up. He could be governor in a couple years and who knows where he could go from there. So Democrats have an interest in sullying his name before it gets big.

After Thursday's debates and the protests Ohio Democrats have raised since the election, once Blackwell's name is mentioned on the national stage again, every major newspaper reporter will reflexively call him a "controversial figure" who is "at the heart of the much-criticized 2004 election in Ohio."

If Blackwell is weighed down with this baggage before he gets too big, not only will a possible gubernatorial, senatorial, or presidential candidate be eliminated, but national Democrats will also continue pointing out the embarrassing whiteness of the GOP. If you lined up every elected Republican in Washington and all the governors, you would be looking at over 300 white faces. The only black Republicans in prominent positions are appointed. That's bad PR for the GOP, and good news for the Democrats.

Miguel Estrada knows how this works. Democrats, as their memos revealed, found Estrada "especially dangerous because. . . he is Latino." It's not that Dick Durbin and Pat Leahy's staff think Hispanics are inherently more "dangerous," it's that they don't want to be seen opposing one for the High Court, when all of America will be watching. He had to be stopped before then.

The attack dogs of personal destruction succeeded with their preemptive strike on Estrada, and now they'll try with Blackwell.

Estrada and Blackwell both suffered a particular brand of racism mostly practiced by Democrats against minorities. Democrats attacked Estrada's conservatism, saying he clearly did not represent the views of the Hispanic community, much like how Clarence Thomas is said to be not truly black because of his political philosophy.

The presumption behind this attack is that while whites can believe anything they want, blacks and Hispanics need to follow their leftist "community leaders" or they are sell-outs.

Similarly, Blackwell is offensive to the Congressional Black Caucus because he doesn't follow their strict orders. For the crime of being a black conservative, they skewer him. On the floor, Rep. Maxine Waters had this gem:

Ohio's partisan secretary of state, Mr. Kenneth Blackwell, I am ashamed to say an African-American man has failed to follow even Ohio's election procedures, let alone procedures that comply with Federal law and constitutional requirements. Our ancestors who died for the right to vote certainly must be turning over in their graves.

While Barbara Boxer and the congressmen who led Thursday's inanity made themselves look bad, they may consider that a fine tradeoff if they can rub some dirt on a promising black Republican.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: barbaraboxer; blackcaucus; election2004; electionprotest; kenblackwell; ohio

1 posted on 01/10/2005 8:48:20 AM PST by freespirited
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To: freespirited

Heh heh. It's gonna be fun and games here in Ohio in the next few years.


2 posted on 01/10/2005 8:55:13 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: freespirited
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Carney is right on the money...
3 posted on 01/10/2005 9:03:51 AM PST by KMC1
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To: freespirited
Blackwell: Hated by the Democrates, feared by the RINOs.

I think I just found a new tagline.

4 posted on 01/10/2005 9:07:11 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Blackwell for Governor 2006: hated by the 'Rats, feared by the RINOs.)
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To: KarlInOhio

The RINOs in Ohio will do their best to sink his candidacy. They'll even help to elect a Democrat just to make sure Ken Blackwell never becomes Governor.


5 posted on 01/10/2005 9:11:59 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: freespirited

He wandered of the plantation and they want to lynch him. The democritters have not strayed far from their roots.


6 posted on 01/10/2005 9:12:24 AM PST by nuke rocketeer
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To: freespirited

For my Ohio brethren, let's get started now in supporting Ken Blackwell's campaign for governor. See this link:

https://www.rapiddonor.com/kenblackwell/Default.aspx?LKey=122804KBWSH


7 posted on 01/10/2005 9:31:13 AM PST by King David (Cellllebrate Good Times... COME ON!!)
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To: King David

Excellent, thanks for the link.


8 posted on 01/10/2005 9:31:58 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: goldstategop

I don't think the RINO's stand a chance against him. They tried to hurt him last summer and were nearly torn to pieces for it.

He's going to rise to the top whether they want him to or not.


9 posted on 01/10/2005 9:33:41 AM PST by Bikers4Bush (Flood waters rising, heading for more conservative ground. Vote for true conservatives!)
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To: freespirited

If Ken Blackwell is the only conservative running for Governor, I am sure that he will win the GOP primary over any RINO and go on to win in November of 2006. But we just have to make sure that "moderate conservatives" such as Senator DeWine do not jump into the gubernatorial race and pull conservative votes away from Lt. Gov. Blackwell.


10 posted on 01/10/2005 10:04:32 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: King David

"For my Ohio brethren, let's get started now in supporting Ken Blackwell's campaign for governor. See this link:

https://www.rapiddonor.com/kenblackwell/Default.aspx?LKey=122804KBWSH "



I'm not from Ohio, but I just sent a donation to Mr. Blackwell's campaign. Electing Ken Blackwell as the next governor of Ohio is not just in the best interest of Ohioans, it is in our national interest. I urge FReepers to do what they can to promote the candidacy of this fine conservative.


11 posted on 01/10/2005 10:09:23 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Electing Ken Blackwell as the next governor of Ohio is not just in the best interest of Ohioans, it is in our national interest.
________________________________________________________

Bingo! Thanks for your help. It's never too early to begin fighting our next political battles, is it?


12 posted on 01/10/2005 10:38:10 AM PST by King David (Cellllebrate Good Times... COME ON!!)
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To: JohnnyZ; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool; Clintonfatigued; Dan from Michigan; Coop; Impy; LdSentinal; ...
Must-read on how liberals are trying to stop Ohio Lt. Gov. J. Kenneth Blackwell before he becomes the nation's only black governor. A black conservative Republican governor of a large Midwestern swing state that was ground zero in the 2004 presidential election and may be again in 2008 is the liberals' worst nightmare, which is why not only the Democrats, but also the RINOs, are coming out swinging against the good man. There are many reasons to support Ken Blackwell's gubernatorial candidacy, but making liberals deeply saddened is perhaps the best reason of all.

Blackwell for Governor in 2006 (and for President in 2016?)
13 posted on 01/10/2005 11:00:20 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: rdb3; Khepera; elwoodp; MAKnight; condolinda; mafree; Trueblackman; FRlurker; Teacher317; ...
Black conservative ping

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Extra warning: this is a high-volume ping list.

14 posted on 01/10/2005 11:01:17 AM PST by mhking (Do not mess with dragons, for thou art crunchy & good with ketchup...)
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To: freespirited
With no black Republicans in the House, Senate, or any governorships,...

I must have read the article incorrectly. Seems to me, if I read it right, then we shouldn't let black republican reps retire. Isn't that a form of slavery?

5.56mm

15 posted on 01/10/2005 11:05:45 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: AuH2ORepublican; All

If he in wins I hope he runs for President sometime in the future...


16 posted on 01/10/2005 11:05:59 AM PST by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: freespirited

Who is expected to be the establishment choice for governor against Mr. Blackwell in the OH primary in May 2006? Establishment Republicans usually do very well in primaries in OH.


17 posted on 01/10/2005 11:46:12 AM PST by Theodore R.
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To: AuH2ORepublican

FYI: Blackwell is not the Lt. Gov. That position is held by another black republican.


18 posted on 01/10/2005 12:50:07 PM PST by Baby Bear (Conserve and grow your money...gain power in return.)
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To: Baby Bear; JohnnyZ; fieldmarshaldj; Kuksool; Clintonfatigued; Dan from Michigan; Coop; Impy; ...
"FYI: Blackwell is not the Lt. Gov. That position is held by another black republican."


OOPS! Egg on my face here. Of course, Ken Blackwell is the Secretary of State, which is why the Democrats got the chance to demonize him over the Ohio vote. Jennette Bradley, another black Republican, is the Lieutenant Governor of Ohio. Please accept my apologies.
19 posted on 01/10/2005 12:56:29 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I wonder if Blackwell could be denied the nomination the way the GA Republicans did in 2004 to Herman Cain?


20 posted on 01/10/2005 1:42:28 PM PST by Theodore R.
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To: Theodore R.

Some other Taft genetic progeny, DeWine, or Voinovich.

All 3 are Rinos.

All 3 are part of Ohio's aristocracy.

Blackwell's resume makes them all look like pikers.


21 posted on 01/10/2005 1:57:55 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and Proud of It!)
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To: Theodore R.
I wonder if Blackwell could be denied the nomination the way the GA Republicans did in 2004 to Herman Cain?

You are right that the GA party apparatus backed Isakson, not Cain...that was to be expected. However, I think Herman's campaign made some key mistakes in his ads, etc and that did not help attract enough people that did not know him but recognized Isakson (casual voter).

I was a Cain supporter...FYI.

Blackwell is more of an insider than Cain so his odds are much higher.

22 posted on 01/10/2005 2:02:46 PM PST by NewLand (I'm a Generation Jones'er and WE elected President Bush!)
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To: Theodore R.

"I wonder if Blackwell could be denied the nomination the way the GA Republicans did in 2004 to Herman Cain?"



If Senator DeWine runs for governor, as has been rumored, then the party establishment will back him even more strongly than the GA GOP backed Isakson in 2004. But Mr, Blackwell starts off in a much better position than Mr. Cain did in GA, since Blackwell has already been elected statewide on a couple of occasions and has been a vocal opponent of RINO Governor Taft's tax policies.

I think Blackwell will be the clear frontrunner unless DeWine jumps in, but if DeWine jumps it will be much more difficult for him, and perhaps a deal will be struck to avoid a bloody primary (such as Blackwell being appointed to DeWine's Senate seat). But I hope that DeWine stays in the Senate and allows Blackwell to win the governorship.


23 posted on 01/10/2005 2:18:54 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: goldstategop

Then Ohioians need to do what we did in Oklahoma -- get behind Blackwell and get the grassroots out for the primary and he will be your nominee. Time to start is right now IMHO!

Organize your grassroots in every part of the State and you can win!


24 posted on 01/10/2005 3:54:17 PM PST by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Increase Republicans in Congress in 2006!)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; BlackRazor; Dales

Fascinating stuff. That word count (Dubya vs. KB) really cuts through all the BS, doesn't it?


25 posted on 01/10/2005 4:14:09 PM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: freespirited

I do hate democrats!


26 posted on 01/10/2005 4:17:09 PM PST by Pusterfuss (You know, doing what is right is easy. The problem is knowing what is right. LBJ)
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To: AuH2ORepublican; fieldmarshaldj

If Ken Blackwell does run for Governor, he will have equally known primary competition. State Attorney General Jim Petro and state Auditor Betty Montgomery are also in the running.


27 posted on 01/10/2005 5:01:43 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: AuH2ORepublican

"Jennette Bradley, another black Republican, is the Lieutenant Governor"

That's no longer the case. Bradley was recently appointed state Treasurer. The post is currently held my Bruce Johnson, a former state Director of Developement.


28 posted on 01/10/2005 5:09:49 PM PST by Clintonfatigued
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To: AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued
According to the exit polls, Bush won 16% of the OH black vote. A higher rate than any other battleground state. I suspect the presence of Ken Blackwell had something to do with it. Last year was a horrible year for African-American conservative. We had 3 electable candidates: Dylan Glenn, Vernon Robinson, and Herman Cain. Instead, the primary voters selected boring, white RINOS. These defeats give the Left cheap fodder to say the GOP is hostile to minorities, especially with the elections of Ken Salazar and Barack Obama. I suspect RINOS want the GOP to flop on minority outreach. Because the type of minorities open to the GOP message are social conservative ones. RINOS figure the less social conservatives, the better. In fact many RINOS think using abortion to reduce the minority population strengthens them politically.
29 posted on 01/10/2005 8:09:33 PM PST by Kuksool (Voter Fraud has been perfected in Seattle)
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To: Kuksool

"I suspect RINOS want the GOP to flop on minority outreach. Because the type of minorities open to the GOP message are social conservative ones. RINOS figure the less social conservatives, the better."



Very good point. The only "minority outreach" RINOs want to take part in is meeting with liberal blacks like Jesse Jackson and saying "you see, we need to be "pro-choice" on abortion, pro-affirmative action and pro-gun control in order to win the black vote."


30 posted on 01/11/2005 7:41:19 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

"Bradley was recently appointed state Treasurer. The post is currently held my Bruce Johnson, a former state Director of Developement."



I guess yesterday just wasn't my day. But Howard Metzenbaum and John Glenn are still Ohio's two Senators, right? : )


31 posted on 01/11/2005 7:48:01 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice, moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.)
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To: Kuksool

Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga) was more conservative than Dylan Glenn.


32 posted on 02/20/2005 10:59:52 AM PST by The Old Hoosier (Right makes might.)
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To: goldstategop; NeoCaveman; LS; Common Tator

How right you were.


33 posted on 11/08/2006 2:51:04 PM PST by RockinRight (The loss is temporary, hopefully we learn from our mistakes.)
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