Sunday, June 19, 2005
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Keep Talking Howard VI

National Review: Dean on Defense -- The “White Christian” party. By Peter Kirsanow
During a discussion with minority leaders and journalists on Monday, Howard Dean declared that Republicans are “a pretty monolithic party. They all believe the same. They all look the same. It’s pretty much a white Christian party.” He further stated that “the Republicans are not very friendly to different kinds of people” and Democrats are “more welcoming to different folks, because that’s the type of people we are.” Dean continued to defend his remarks as recently as Thursday. [...] The Los Angeles Times reports that the GOP’s relentless efforts to recruit more non-whites has caused Democrats to express alarm: “I am frightened by what’s happening,” Rep. Major Owens (D., N.Y.) told the paper. “Our party is in grave danger. The Republican movement is going to expand exponentially unless we do something.” Apparently, Dean believes that “something” is making mere assertions that all Republicans look and act the same. [...] [T]he GOP has been partnering with black churches — ranging from conservative suburban megachurches to smaller inner-city churches — in promoting faith-based initiatives. These efforts are showing results at the polls. President Bush increased his percentage of the black vote from 8 percent in 2000 to nearly 12 percent in 2004. In battleground states such as Ohio, President Bush nearly doubled his percentage of the black vote from 9 to 16 percent. These percentage increases, coupled with higher black turnout, resulted in a doubling of the number of black votes received by President Bush between 2000 and 2004