"Rare is the time that a poll number makes me gasp. But there is one in the latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll that elicited one. While it was no surprise to see that President Obama snared 94 percent of African Americans surveyed, the presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney got nuthin?, zilch, niente, a big fat 0 percent. " [Source]
Yes Jonathan, but this could all change. Turns out that Mr. Ryan was honey dipping back in the day. That is, of course, until he met his future wife. (?Your mother left you with how much??!!? ) I kid.
Anyway, some folks believe that this could actually help Mr. Ryan with the black vote and that it could change those low numbers with us folks for the Romney ticket. Personally, I am not too sure about that. (Do you really think that those boys on the Duke Lacrosse team loved black people? Just sayin.) But we won?t get into our history with this subject which is rife with all types of issues. We have evolved as a nation, and,(with all due respect to the folks who can?t get over the slow speed Bronco chase) thankfully, getting a little ?Jungle Fever? has become the norm. Well, with most people. (Sorry "Kossacks", I have to talk about it.) I suspect that they would deny it, but I am willing to be that there are more than a few people under that republican tent who would not be willing to vote for the republican version of Robert DeNiro. Heck, they are just getting used to the fact that Romney is a part of that Joseph Smith religion. I think when Paul Ryan says some of my best friends are black it might have a deeper meaning that when his boss at the top of the ticket says it. I mean I don?t think Flipper has ever even dated a brunette. And, to be fair to Mr. Ryan, I don't think he has ever gone there. Goff is getting a lot of heat in conservative circles for her article, (and with others as well) but she does make an interesting point with her Lou Dobbs analogy: "For years Lou Dobbs was the face of the anti-illegal-immigration crusade. As a result of his seeming obsession with the issue, he became in the eyes of many the face of xenophobia and racism, not to mention public enemy No. 1 of Mexican immigrants. There's just one hitch to this narrative: Dobbs is married to a Mexican-American woman, meaning that he is the father of Mexican-American children. (His Mexican-born mother-in-law even lives with his family.)
When I discovered this I was surprised, and not for the reasons you may think. While I was somewhat surprised to learn of his wife's heritage, given his own politics on issues that overwhelmingly affect a community of which she is a member, I was even more surprised that I'd never heard him mention it on his program or prominently in interviews. He certainly didn't hide it, but my point is, if anyone could have benefited from a "But my best friend -- in fact, my wife -- is Latina, so I can't be bigot" defense, it was Dobbs, and yet he chose not to hide behind that."
Actually Keli, he didn't have to say it, others said it for him, but I get your point.
Still, at the end of the day, it?s not what he (Ryan) does in his personal life; it?s how his policies in his public one that shape the various issues I care about that concerns me. If his black girlfriend causes him to be more sensitive to certain issues when he is crafting legislation, well then that's a good thing. I don't care what's in his heart if the laws he helps to pass are good ones. George Bush seemed like a really nice guy, and he probably had a good heart; look where that got us. Politically, this will put Ryan in a good light with independents. He might have some issues,however,with his Southern base. When 46% of registered republicans in Mississippi say that interracial marriage should be illegal you have to wonder. This is why the conservative bloggers jumping on Goff are being disingenuous when they act as if Ryan getting his swirl on might not be a problem. The truth of the matter is it could be. Keli focused on Ryan himself, I think this is more about his base and how they will react. The only thing holding this fickle coalition of Mormon worshipers, Negro daters, and Southern Christians together is their intense hatred of Barack Hussein Obama. That's the type of hatred that even a little "Jungle Fever" can't stop.
*The pic that is above this post is NOT Paul Ryan and his ex.
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