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Kathleen Parker on Race and the Republicans
National Review Online - The Corner ^ | September 3, 2012 | Ramesh Ponnuru

Posted on 09/04/2012 12:15:01 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Kathleen Parker wrote a column lamenting the Republican party’s lack of racial diversity. I don’t have any quarrel with her thesis — I’d like the party to do a better job of attracting blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, too — but I found one remark of Parker’s puzzling.

>>>>Republicans can honestly boast of having once been the party of firsts. The first Hispanic, African American, Asian American and Native American in the Senate were all Republicans. But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage.<<<<

In 90 percent of political commentary, the phrase “social conservatives” means people who oppose abortion and same-sex marriage. Hispanics have been slightly more likely, and blacks much more likely, to be social conservatives by this definition. Social conservatism polls better among both groups than does economic conservatism.

The Republican party’s notable minority stars, some of them mentioned in Parker’s column, are slightly more likely to be socially conservative (again using the standard definition) than white Republican officeholders. There are a lot of reasons Republicans tend to do badly among minority groups. If there’s any evidence that the party’s social conservatism is one of them, I haven’t seen it.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; rnc; romneyryan2012

1 posted on 09/04/2012 12:15:06 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Kathleen Parker is an itchy whiny tart. Like she really cares about anything else but to attempt to sound intellectual... she could not even hold her own with Eliot hooker Spitzer.
2 posted on 09/04/2012 12:21:34 AM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
First reply (at at this link posted by 'Alaskan') demonstrably thrashes Parker... who is all too often just plain wrong.
3 posted on 09/04/2012 12:31:43 AM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Parker is a “David Brooks Republican” - - more interested in getting invited to cocktail parties and sounding “reasonable” to her Learjet liberal friends than writing anything that would indicate she actually has a clue about “limited government” and economic freedom. She and Peggy “talks like she’s balancing a plate on her head” Noonan jumped the shark long ago when they got their claws out and screeched at Sarah Palin for ...being Sarah Palin.


4 posted on 09/04/2012 12:37:46 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Republicans need to stop complaining they do a poor job in attracting blacks and Hispanics-and recognize where the problem really lies. Truth is every time a prominent black becomes a conservative (Clarence Thomas, Adam West, etc), they are demonized and called “Uncle Tom” by racist blacks and liberals. This Jim Crow thuggery keeps the others in line.


5 posted on 09/04/2012 12:39:05 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
A lot of people have their chicken/egg thought process backwards. The reason Republicans have little chance of gaining black support is the same as the reason they don't get support from concentrated Democrat parasite nests ("cities") - - Republicans seek to reduce the number of government jobs, not create them so that every connected ward healer and door knocker can get a high-paying, full-benefit "job" in the Department of Parking Meter Calibration Compliance, or whatever.

Fact is, most blacks and Hispanics live in cities, and a high percentage of them depend on those "dirt-road sweeper" kind of government jobs. And if they have no connections and no ambition and no job, they depend on getting "free" stuff, confiscated for them from taxpayers ("Republicans") by Democrat politicians and handed over in exchange for votes.

The Republicans have no shot at the cities, and therefore no shot at significant minority support. Thinking about it, whining about it, and puzzling over it is counterproductive and a waste of time. Actually seeking support of the cities (and therefore, minority voters) is ludicrous.

6 posted on 09/04/2012 1:01:18 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: HarleyD

Adam West is a Black Conservative ?

7 posted on 09/04/2012 1:08:19 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Fiscal and social conservatsm go together like a hand in a glove.

KP is a moroness. She will find another reason to support BO, again


8 posted on 09/04/2012 1:11:10 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
LOLOL!!!!

HOLY POSTING MISTAKE BATMAN-THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN ALLEN WEST.

9 posted on 09/04/2012 1:22:20 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

...But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage...

Marco Rubio?


10 posted on 09/04/2012 1:45:29 AM PDT by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: HarleyD

I know, I was just having a little fun with ya. ;-D


11 posted on 09/04/2012 1:53:47 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Lancey Howard

This is why Democrats (like Algore) continually call for the demise of the Electoral College.

http://thehill.com/video/in-the-news/246951-al-gore-calls-for-end-to-electoral-college


12 posted on 09/04/2012 1:58:19 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; AuH2ORepublican; justiceseeker93; Clintonfatigued; BillyBoy; fieldmarshaldj
I’d like the party to do a better job of attracting blacks, Hispanics, and Asians,

Me too. I wonder if tough love would be a good approach amongst others. IE Allen West gives a speech to a mostly Black audience and tells them it's a two way street and to open their minds. Or would that backfire?

13 posted on 09/04/2012 3:32:08 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

GAG ME! What an imbecile. I made the mistake of going to her column and reading it - until I almost spit up.


14 posted on 09/04/2012 3:37:23 AM PDT by Condor51 (Si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage.

She has her directions screwed up. The GOP went left. Enter the Tea Party where the GOP left off.

15 posted on 09/04/2012 3:40:23 AM PDT by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.")
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To: Impy

There’s no real downside. I mean, what will they do if it doesn’t resonate ? Still vote over 90-95% Democrat ? Frankly, I think the GOP establishment has a great fear of even trying to ask for their vote in a real and substantive way. We’ve seen it for a long time. They just yield time and time again to the Democrats. Nobody is expecting they’ll jump all the way back over to the GOP again en masse, but even if we got 1/4th of them voting that way, it would be enough to have a serious impact for the long run.


16 posted on 09/04/2012 3:43:56 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Just WHO is Kathleen Parker? Am I supposed to know her?


17 posted on 09/04/2012 3:55:52 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
This parker creature likes a little sugar in her poison. She is a socialist baby killer and she damn well wants the gop to be the same. It almost is now.

LLS

18 posted on 09/04/2012 4:28:16 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("if it looks like you are not gonna make it you gotta get mean, I mean plumb mad-dog mean" J. Wales)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Kathleen Parker wrote a column lamenting the Republican party’s lack of racial diversity. I don’t have any quarrel with her thesis — I’d like the party to do a better job of attracting blacks, Hispanics, and Asians, too

What does that mean exactly? Do we have to speak to blacks as blacks? Hispanics as Hispanics? I thought we were colorblind and it is only ideology that matters? Looks like another diversity lie.

19 posted on 09/04/2012 4:42:52 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; All

i don’t like parker and would not waste two seconds reading her BS....that said the GOP has missed golden opportunities, as has the Romney campaign, by not fully embracing the likes of Project 21 and people such as Starr Parker....were i running the RNC i would have had at least one member of Project 21 up there speaking Thursday night...these are brave, patriotic, intelligent, articulate black Americans not afraid to tell it like it is about the disease of liberalism....


20 posted on 09/04/2012 5:14:20 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Ironically, it’s been black and hispanic voters who have been instrumental in defeating the liberal same-sex marriage initiatives on state ballots all over the country.

Seems to me conservatives should get credit then for “reaching out” to the decent and moral elements of those communities to vote for their agenda, eh Kathleen?


21 posted on 09/04/2012 5:20:53 AM PDT by MNnice
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To: Altura Ct.

It MEANS that we don’t concede anyone or any group to the Left — that we don’t let the Left define what conservatism is - or lie to anyone about us.


22 posted on 09/04/2012 5:26:34 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

To the whine of “Republicans’ lack of racial diversity”,

I would ask -

why is it that minorities have a cultural aversion to an ideology where you are responsible for your own well-being and not forcing others to take care of you?


23 posted on 09/04/2012 5:34:01 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working fors)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Who reads Parker anymore? I quit reading her four years ago after she stated Hillary was “well qualified to be president.” And that was before she started slamming Palin and saying Republicans didn’t deserve to win in 2008. Parker is a non-entity. You learn nothing from reading any of her columns.


24 posted on 09/04/2012 5:50:22 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Whenever I read this whiny Parker I throw up a bit of Spitzer!


25 posted on 09/04/2012 6:01:43 AM PDT by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Kathleen Parker is a Vichy Republican who supported Obama and then whored herself to CNN for Spizter-Parker. Why does Townhall carry the ideological trollop?


26 posted on 09/04/2012 10:57:18 AM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: bill1952
...But that was before the GOP went south, banished its centrists and embraced social conservatives in a no-exit marriage...

Marco Rubio?

No, she's talking about "crackerheads". Southern whites, who bolted the Democratic Party after Harry Truman and Hubert Humphrey embraced the black ward heelers and their demand to act against Them -- the Southern populists and their racist social politics. The Democrats ran Them out of the Party, or rather they themselves did. Their Dixiecrat protest movement, combined with the rumping-off of the Stalinists with Henry Wallace at the same time, failed when they failed to deny Harry Truman reelection against Tom Dewey in the famous "midnight reversal" election of 1948.

Jack Kennedy was the last Democrat successfully to paper over the racial rift in the Democratic Party, and by 1964 it was all over -- the South broke for Goldwater, and then LBJ and the FBI beat up the Southern "white citizens committees" and sent some of them to prison, and just about anyone with ties to the KKK. Johnson sent Leon Panetta down to Louisiana, e.g., with orders to take over the Louisiana school system and stomp on the segs: he did so by offering high schools new football equipment. When they accepted it, Panetta then called in their school boards seriatim, in his high terrible aspect as LBJ's executioner, and informed them that a) they could not resign, b) they could not refuse any order, and c) anyone who did not do exactly what he was told to do, when Panetta told him to do it, would spend the rest of his life in a federal prison. That's how Louisiana schools were integrated under LBJ, and it was kept out of the papers, because it was 1966, Vietnam and defeating LBJ had not yet become an obsession for the Left, and LBJ was still, in the immortal phrase of Molly Ivins years later, "sooo good on the issues".

LBJ remarked that he had just given the GOP the White House for the next 20 or 40 years when he signed one of the big civil-rights bills in 1964 or 1965 (the latter, the Voting Rights Act, should have been called the Take-Away-Voting-Rights Act, and is probably unconstitutional: it impaired the powers of the old Confederate States by statute, making their powers to hold elections subordinate to the approval of the Civil Rights Division of the FBI, i.e. the President).

The problem with LBJ's driving Southern whites out of the Democratic Party by making them legal pariahs was that nobody consulted the GOP about this, whose members, remembering Lincoln and Unionism, had proudly voted for both of the civil-rights acts and all their ancillary legislation. They didn't like Southern whites, with whom they'd once fought a brutal war of attrition for control of the country's destiny (making it over from a federal republic of circumscribed powers into a centralized, departmentalized empire with a despotic legislature and an increasingly despotic executive), and they flat didn't like "those people".

That is the divide that animates e.g. George H.W. and Barbara Bush today: they utterly despised people like Rick Perry, Phil Gramm, and other ex-Dixiecrats and considered them below-the-salt socially and indeed barely worth employing as kitchen help. Bush Sr., whose family came from Ohio by way of Yale and the U.S. Senate (Connecticut), refused to embrace them and has always detested them more-or-less openly.

That's what you're seeing when someone like Kathleen Parker or David Frum sneers about "social conservatives": they mean "Kluxers", "racists", "drooling seditious Bircher bigots". In other words, Them.

27 posted on 09/04/2012 10:00:58 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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To: rmlew
Why does Townhall carry the ideological trollop?

For the same reason the Washington Post set the liar Dave Weigel to covering conservative politics and issues "from the inside" when he was no conservative at all, but a false-flagging JournoLister.

Because she and they are politically and culturally simpatico and despise conservatives as much as the people at CNN and TIME do.

See my last.

28 posted on 09/04/2012 10:10:37 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
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