“We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

Later Lindsey was heard muttering “did I really say that out loud?”

As Republican convention emphasizes diversity, racial incidents intrude

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Jon Cohen, Published: August 29

TAMPA — From the convention stage here, the Republican Party has tried to highlight its diversity, giving prime speaking slots to Latinos and blacks who have emphasized their party’s economic appeal to all Americans.

But they have delivered those speeches to a convention hall filled overwhelmingly with white faces, an awkward contrast that has been made more uncomfortable this week by a series of racial headaches that have intruded on the party’s efforts to project a new level of inclusiveness.

The tensions come amid a debate within the GOP on how best to lure new voters. The nation’s shifting demographics have caused some Republican leaders to worry not only about the party’s future but about winning in November, particularly in key swing states such as Virginia and Nevada.

“The demographics race we’re losing badly,” said Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.). “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

On Tuesday, convention organizers ejected two attendees after they reportedly threw peanuts at a black CNN camerawoman and told her, “This is how we feed animals.” Organizers called the conduct “inexcusable and unacceptable.”

That followed an on-air shouting match between MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus over whether presidential nominee Mitt Romney was injecting race into the campaign by joking about President Obama’s birth certificate and attacking his record on welfare reform.

“There’s no doubt he did,” Matthews declared.

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2 Responses to “We’re not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business for the long term.”

  1. knight4444 says:

    This is so typical of the gop! throwing peanuts at a black reporter didn’t surprise me at all! And when I read republicans responses and their unbelievably ignorant justifications it’s par for the course. One republicans response actually said ”they weren’t throwing peanuts at her because of her being black it was because of her profession” unFU*CKING BELIEVABLE!!! the republican party is 87% caucasian 37% over the age of 65 yrs old this is a dying party literally!!

    Sage Reply:

    I honestly believe some people in this country have become unhinged because of us having a Black president. I have never understood that kind of prejudice and have never felt that kind of prejudice. I’m a white southerner, but my parents never displayed racism and would have kicked our butts had we. One of my first acts of defiance was at the age of 17 when I walked out of a Baptist church over a discussion about inviting the local Black Baptist church for a Christmas event….I won’t go into the language that was used by the deacons, but suffice it to say, I was appalled and told them so and walked out.

    Thanks for your comments, knight4444, and welcome to Mountain Sage Blog. I hope you’ll stay tuned – it’s going to be a bumpy ride through the election.

    Sage

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