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The White GOP at Three Roads Blog
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The White GOP

In the past 50 years, how many non-white candidates have vied for Republican presidential nomination?

Presidential politics is a pale affair on both sides of the aisle, but it’s particularly pasty on the right side. And since the 1960s, the Grand Old Party seems to be getting whiter and whiter, in all areas of electoral politics.

The current crop of Republicans running for the nomination couldn’t even be bothered to debate at Morgan State University, a predominantly black school. The conventional wisdom says they were nervous about possible negative reactions from the audience.

Can anyone tell me of a non-white person who ran in the Republican primary? (And this isn’t simply a rhetorical question meant to make a point about the homogeneous nature of the Republican Party; I’m actually curious.)

Anyone? Bueller?

Here’s my second question: could a black candidate win the Republican nomination?

I wonder if it’s possible. In the current context of Republican presidential politics, I sort of doubt it. Why? Because so much of the party is controlled by the fringe, and that’s never more apparent than in the primary months.

In 2000, push polls and whisper campaigns about John McCain fathering an illegitimate black child helped George Bush win South Carolina’s primary.

The “illegitimate” part was immaterial. (At best, it was a cover for supposed family values voters.) It was the “black” part that mattered.

As recently as the 2006 midterms (the Tennessee senate race, specifically), Republicans in the south have played on racist attitudes toward inter-racial relationships. Although we’ve come a long way as a country, the Republican Party, once the party that freed the slaves, is still mired in prejudicial politics.

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