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Black Republicans in 2010: Symbolism vs. Practical Politics

Truthout - In the wake the election of President Obama a number of analysts and pundits have been calling the 2010 midterm elections the "year of the black Republican." According to The New York Times, "... at least 32 African-Americans are running for Congress this year as Republicans," and they "... are running with a confidence they have never had before."

Many of them, such as Congressional candidates Vernon Parker in Arizona and Princella Smith in Arkansas, feel that President Obama's victory has made it possible for them to run in their respective districts, but they disagree with his politics. Ideologically, many are Christian conservatives calling for smaller government, less spending and stronger national security. According to Smith, "Aside from the fact that I disagree fundamentally with all his views, I am proud of my nation for proving that we have the ability to do something like that ..." Read more.


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