Just heard the local talk radio conservative here in Charlotte, on podcast from earlier today, praise the election of Michael Steele and express relief that Katon Dawson, from across the border, did not win.
The reason for Tera Servatious's relief?
That we didn't elect another "white guy from the South. We've tried that."
This is racism.
I hate to have to point out this obvious fact, especially against a person that I otherwise admire and agree with on most issues, but how could I look myself in the mirror if I didn't?
My political career has been defined by aversion to racism. My family opposed it against blacks in the 60s and 70s, as did I in the 70s and 80s. One of the main reasons I became a Republican in 2000 is that I saw the Democratic Party become racist in their advocacy of race based policies and laws.
One of the first columns of mine on Redstate to get picked up by other sites was my chastisement of Hugh Hewitt and other Republicans last year for their publicly announced aversion to another Southerner for a GOP Presidential nominee.
My Southern people voted for JFK, Reagan and Bush 41, non-Southerners all.
It would never occur to me to consider the domicile of a candidate as a factor in my support.
What they stand for; the laws they would enact; and their character determines my vote.
MLK and content of character comes to mind. Jesus comes to mind.
A question: Are non-Southerners so shallow and pathetic that region could turn them against a candidate?
And for the record, my first two choices for RNC chair were Blackwell and Steele.