The Chair(wo)man of the Congressional Black Caucus is playing the race card. Her name is Marcia Fudge. Yes, that is her real name. (Is it racist of me to think that it’s kind of funny that the head of the Black Caucus is named Fudge?)
And why is there a Congressional Black Caucus anyway? Can you imagine the scandal that would be given wall-to-wall coverage if white Republicans got together and formed the Congressional White Caucus?
This is why it’s funny to me that the head of this Congressional group is blaming her party’s midterm losses on white racism. She’s allowed to head up a group in the public sector (Congress) for blacks only, yet she’s the one playing the race card. It’d be hilarious if it weren’t true. And to top it all off, her name is Fudge.
“We lost because of ideological differences within the Democratic Party and with our Administration. We lost because our party has, to some extent, lost white Southerners due in part to the race of our President,” Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
To Fudge, black voters were not the reason for the losses. She urged critics to “find another scapegoat” and “Don’t blame us!”
“Our community organizations and churches mobilized to encourage early voting opportunities with programs like ‘Souls to the Polls,’ and African American activists and state leaders stood ready to combat any instance of voter intimidation or fraud,” she said. “Black elected officials crisscrossed the country to discuss the urgency and importance of this election. We phone banked, knocked on doors and held ‘Get Out the Vote’ rallies. Our losses were not a referendum on African American political engagement. We did our part, so don’t blame us!”
I don’t think anyone’s really blaming you or those who are on your side, Ms. Fudge. People didn’t show up to vote. But despite record low voter turnout, the racial proportions were very similar to those in 2012:
In 2010, when Republicans won a majority in the U.S. House, 42% of voters identified themselves as “conservatives.” Last week, just 37% of voters labeled themselves as such. This is much closer to the electorate in 2012, when 35% of voters were conservatives.
The electorate in 2014 was also three points more liberal and two points more “moderate” than voters in 2010. These numbers, too, were much closer to 2012 than the midterm election four years ago. If conservatives had voted in the same numbers this year, Republicans likely would have won Senate seats in Virginia and New Hampshire and made other races more competitive.
There was also no quirk in the racial component of the 2014 turnout. This, too, was much closer to the electorate of 2012 than of 2010. This year, the racial breakdown of the electorate was 75% white, 12% black, 8% Hispanic, and 6% “other.” In 2010, 77% of voters were white, 11% black, 8% Hispanic, and 4% “other.” In 2012, when Obama won reelection, blacks were 13% of the electorate, whites 72%, Hispanics 10%, and “other” 5%.
It’s not white Southern racism that’s to blame for Democrat losses. The race card has become hackneyed. It doesn’t work anymore.
The pendulum is just swinging to the right for now. When people get tired of the GOP brand, they’ll go back to the other, and back and forth until the country is in ruins.