More recently, especially since 2010, we’ve seen a new Republican strategy implemented in their quest to supposedly “appeal” to minority voters. Republicans have been supporting absolutely absurd and outlandish black candidates for office, ranging everywhere from state elections to the presidency of the United States. Apparently, hyping up black candidates who themselves fight against and demean minorities is a “winning” strategy for securing the black vote. See, this candidate is black, we’re appealing to you — vote for us!
Remember Allen West? Who could forget him? He compared progressives to Nazis and called Social Security a “form of slavery.” He even called himself a “modern-day Harriet Tubman” trying to lead blacks away from the “Democratic plantation.” Nothing like trying to call black people “slaves” for supporting Democratic policies. That will certainly win over the black vote.
Of course, West was defeated and sent home after only one term in Congress last year. Just last month, he was given a perfect position to continue to voice his ridiculous views — as a contributor on Fox News.
Then we had the rise and fall of conservative superstar Herman Cain, and his often surreal run for the presidency. Cain’s behavior was so ridiculous it led Rachel Maddow to speculate that his whole campaign was satire and nothing more than “an art project.” From his goofy 9-9-9 plan to his “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-sta n” and other foreign policy gaffes, everything he said and did was downright bizarre. Even his campaign commercials seemed like something ripped from Saturday Night Live. In his final speech before ending his candidacy, Cain quoted from the Pokemon movie. How fitting. While Cain might have been an entertaining presidential candidate who provided some memorable moments, he certainly brought nothing to the table as far as real leadership ideas — so what was the point?
Or what about the curious case of Alvin Greene, the unlikely Democratic Senate candidate in South Carolina back in 2010? The circumstances surrounding Greene’s victory in the primary were extremely suspicious, with many signs pointing toward some sort of Republican scheme being behind his success. Greene was out of his league from the start, unable to handle simple interview questions and facing felony obscenity charges away from politics. Of course, Greene winning the primary firmly secured Jim DeMint’s re-election, and he handily defeated Greene by a 35-point margin. Funny how that worked out.
Most recently, we now have E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor in Virginia. If you haven’t heard of him by now, you’re missing out. You see, Jackson has been busy claiming Planned Parenthood is a “racist” organization that’s “far more lethal to black lives than the KKK.” If that’s not enough, he’s also accused President Obama of seeing the world “from a Muslim perspective.” Oh, and we can’t forget about Jackson’s book, in which he suggests yoga could lead to Satanic possession, and evolution can’t be real because chimpanzees can’t speak. But what else would you expect from a book that doesn’t even have a properly spelled title.