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BLACK REPUBLICANS EMERGE – OVERNIGHT:  Another one of the Democratic Party's base groups is getting wobbly.   Look at the number of black Republicans running for office.  From Newsweek: 

A record number of Black Republican candidates are running for congressional office this year. The National Republican Congressional Committee counted 81 African American candidates running under the GOP banner in 72 congressional districts in 2022. This is more than a 50 percent increase over the 2020 election cycle. And if the GOP knows what's good for it, this will be the start of a new era in right-wing politics.

This new development comes after decades during which the GOP struggled to attract minorities into its ranks—both minority voters as well as minority candidates. The Republican Party, which saw its support among Black Americans begin its descent shortly after Reconstruction, stopped making concerted efforts to regain Black support by the 1960s. President Richard Nixon, who had a "Black Cabinet," was the last Republican president to make a concerted push to win over Black voters. Since then, the party got by making milquetoast overtures to the Black community, almost as if they were merely checking a box.

But now, in the post-Trump era, it appears the GOP is beginning to embrace a new strategy, one that includes supporting minority and female candidates to appeal to a broader swath of voters. One of the lessons the party seems to have learned of late is that representation matters. And in a movement that purports to eschew identity politics, it appears that at least some in the leadership understand that one crucial part of winning over Black voters, in particular, is to make sure they see people in the party who look like them.

Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) told the Washington Times that having more Black conservatives in the House has helped to inspire more Black voters to give GOP candidates a chance. "They see me. They see Burgess. They saw [Rep. Allen West of Florida]. They saw [Rep. Mia Love of Utah]. They see [Virginia Lt. Gov.] Winsome Sears. They see [North Carolina Lt. Gov.] Mark Robinson," he explained. "And what they say is, 'You know what? Maybe I should step up, too.'"

COMMENT:  Great!  And what is especially great is that a growing number of African-Americans realize that they've been exploited by the Democrats, who've been taking them for granted for decades.  While the GOP hasn't had an African-American on the national ticket, that day may soon come.  There is national talk surrounding Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and the above-mentioned Winsome Sears. 

The Democratic response to black Republicans will undoubtedly be to label them as "illegitimate," or a creation of Donald Trump.  I don't think that will cut it in the modern era.  Once people learn they are permitted to think for themselves, and to vote the way they wish...they'll rather like it.

June 16, 2022