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Jun 07 2013

TX Tea Party Leader Doesn’t Want Blacks to Vote

Republican leaders in Texas held a conference last weekend to talk about how to prevent that state from going Democratic in the next few years as demographic shifts suggest that’s entirely possible. And one Tea Party leader, probably thinking he was safe in a room full of allies, blurted out the truth:

On Tuesday, Battleground Texas emailed supporters pointing to Texas state GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri’s meeting in Dallas last week, dubbed part of a “Battlefield Dallas” strategy to keep the Democratic Party at bay in the state. The group included an audio clip from the meeting in which Dallas Tea Party activist Ken Emanuelson took a question about minority outreach. Said Emanuelson: “I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.” Emanuelson did not immediately return a call for comment.

Emanuelson did finally get back to them, though. Predictably, he says he misspoke:

“What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.”

Which is a distinction without a difference. There can’t be any serious doubt at this point that the GOP has been furiously passing voter suppression laws all over the country in order to make it more difficult for poor and minority voters to cast a vote. Isn’t it funny how every time they get caught saying something in private that they didn’t know would ever be made public, they “misspoke”?

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  1. 1
    Chiroptera

    Remember kids, democracy isn’t about allowing all the citizenry to have a say in how they are governed nor a tool to determine the wishes of the majority.

    “Democracy” is actually just a gimmick to justifiy the rule of your own minority faction, no matter how ethically repulsive you are are how out of step your ideology is with the majority of citizens.

  2. 2
    Eristae

    “What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party.”

    What the hell is wrong with his PR people?

    He should have said, “What I meant, and should have said, is that we need to do better outreach to African Americans. Right now, they’re voting 9-1 in favor of democrats, and that means that we’re doing something wrong. We need to get off our butts and work to even that number out so that we don’t have an entire demographic of people that will be voting against us.”

    It still would have been a fucking lie, but it wouldn’t have been a lie that is equally as offensive as the original statement.

  3. 3
    marcus

    Republican definition of ‘misspoke’: “I accidentally said what I really think.”
    ‘Political correctness’: “Endeavoring not to say what I really I really think.”

  4. 4
    eric

    What the hell is wrong with his PR people?

    They don’t see anything wrong with using vote manipulation to win elections, either.

    This is not all that surprising to me. First, let’s be cynical; there’s probably people on both/all sides of the aisle who think this way. Remember, tricks like gerrymandering are literally older than the current parties. That is simply another form of vote manipulation. Second, the GOP really only has three choices (in theory) here: prevent people who disagree with them from voting, change those people’s minds, or change their platform. They are ideologically opposed to #3 and #2 is much harder than #1, so…..

  5. 5
    John Pieret

    it is not … in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party

    While I don’t think for a minute that is what he really meant, it isn’t so unreasonable for a party not to commit its own resources to get out the other party’s likely voters. I don’t imagine the Democrats are spending a whole lot on getting out the white evangelical vote.

  6. 6
    Pierce R. Butler

    I don’t imagine the Democrats are spending a whole lot on getting out the white evangelical vote.

    Then pls explain why, e.g., Obama continues to fight so hard against over-the-counter morning-after pills, against the recommendations of FDA staff scientists.

  7. 7
    eric

    it isn’t so unreasonable for a party not to commit its own resources to get out the other party’s likely voters

    If what he had first said was “its a waste to spend money increasing voter turnout for blacks, they overwhelmingly vote democrat” it probably would’ve been fine. At least, a lot better. But that’s not what he said; he said he doesn’t want them to vote. Its different.

    Don’t think so? Consider the difference between these two statements: I’m not going to advertise my store to you, you won’t visit anyway. Vs.: I don’t want you visiting my store.

  8. 8
    grumpyoldfart

    He’ll get away with it. The “misspoke” excuse has been used and accepted so often that nowadays it automatically gets the ratbag off the hook.

  9. 9
    Francisco Bacopa

    Fuck the Texas Tea Party. Somehow y’all managed to help Perry beat Bill White. WTF? Bill White pummeled Perry into releasing TxDot funds after the Rita debacle to make shit work for Ike. But White, the whitest white guy ever, Houston mayor with federal government experience, and green energy pioneer, somehow lost. Still, at least Houston has at least some consolation. We are the largest city in the world that has ever had a gay mayor. Annise Parker may have turned against Occupy Houston after Jolanda Jones lost her seat, but I can forgive her. As a Texan I will talk worse smack about Texas than most people dare. But I can at least say that Houston elected a lesbian mayor twice.

    But last year’s DNC was a major bid to make Texas a battleground state. Putting Julian and Joaquin Castro, twin brothers, on keynote night was a master stroke. I fully expect to vote proudly for the Castro brothers to become Governor and US Senator.

    And don’t think this is a race thing. I have always presented Anglo and my only Mexican ancestry is a German who strung barbed wire at Celaya and his Native American wife.

  10. 10
    Stephen "DarkSyde" Andrew

    It’s been my experience — as a fringe part — of the “professional left” that many on my side do chase the older white evangelical vote along with other traditionally conservative blocks. On an analytical level I fully understand why you’d want to at least try for a vote where you’;re losing huge: that’s where the biggest bang for the buck is. One, there’s a rich pasture there, at any given time some segment of the population is having an experience forcing them to reevaluate their life’s choices and there’s going to be more of those in a deme you’re losing 9:1 than there is in one you’re winning by the same ratio. Two, if nothing else it forces the opponent to commit resources to a deme they other wise would take for granted and absolutely need to win. It’s is something akin to asymmetrical warfare.

    The thing is, we have a great argument to make to those voters, one which among other points appeals honestly and fairly to their economic self interests. I don’t think the right has as easy a job in the counterexample. Nevertheless it’s cathartic when they admit it.

  11. 11
    robnyny

    Francisco:

    Close. Paris with 2.23 million people is slightly larger than Houston with 2.16 million (Mayor Bertrand Delanoe). And Berlin with over 3 million people is considerably larger (Mayor Klaus Wowereit). It’s still groundbreaking’ thanks in part to New York’s Ed Koch.

  12. 12
    Modusoperandi

    Typical Democrats, always pulling the race card.

    Look, this isn’t about race. Ken Emanuelson isn’t even racist. That one in ten black person? Ken even lets him use his bathroom.

  13. 13
    robnyny

    It’s a well known joke outside of Texas: Why do Texans park two inches from the curb? Because they claim it is eleven inches.

  14. 14
    dan4

    “I’m going to be honest with you, the Republican Party…”

    Even if the rest of the sentence wasn’t offensive (and it was, of course) who made this guy spokesperson for the Republican Party?

  15. 15
    magistramarla

    Francisco @ #9,
    We’re currently stuck in Texas for a few years thanks to the hubby’s job.
    We’ll be doing our part to help to turn it blue, or at least purple.
    I met the Castro brothers years ago, and I was very impressed at them then, and I still am.

  16. 16
    John Pieret

    Pierce @ 6

    Then pls explain why, e.g., Obama continues to fight so hard against over-the-counter morning-after pills

    That doesn’t take money.

    Eric @ 7

    If what he had first said was “its a waste to spend money increasing voter turnout for blacks

    That’s what I was saying when I said I didn’t believe him. As a stand alone statement ,his excuse wasn’t unreasonable. From a liar, it;s a different matter.

  17. 17
    Setár, Elvenkitty

    eric #4:

    They don’t see anything wrong with using vote manipulation to win elections, either.

    Not at all. It even happens in some “blue” states — the NY State Senate is heavily gerrymandered so that Republicans control almost all of upstate because the Dems obviously rule NYC. And when that failed, they got a bunch of, ahem, “independent Democrats” (and one actual Democrat) to side with them cuz we need bipartisan compromise, we can’t let the party not filled with irresponsible hacks have all the power.

    I do love how US politics is skewed just so the Dems can call themselves “left” at election time and appropriate leftist forces like unions, but when governing suddenly that becomes meaningless, they’re a diverse big tent party with a good chunk calling for “compromise” with a blatantly unreasonable party; meanwhile, the unreasonable party gets to purge its “moderates”, only to have them magically reappear whenever “compromise” is required (usually when something actually leftist comes up).

  18. 18
    democommie

    “The “misspoke” excuse has been used and accepted so often that nowadays it automatically gets the ratbag off the hook.”

    With “his” people, he was never on the hook; having sortapologized, he may be on the hook with them, now.

    “the NY State Senate is heavily gerrymandered so that Republicans control almost all of upstate because the Dems obviously rule NYC.”

    The Oswego, NY County lege, not content with being 80% reptilican just won a redistricting case where the map splits cities and towns in the five currently democratic districts. A judge (R-naturally) just threw out the case by the dems and other interested parties. It’s going to be appealed.

  19. 19
    Pierce R. Butler

    John Pieret @ # 16: That doesn’t take money.

    Fighting in court for medically unjustified restrictions on post-coital contraception loses Obama and his party some major political capital, which it will cost them big bucks to reclaim (in terms of votes).

    And for what? Can they actually think this will win them support from (the few remaining) fence-sitters on reproductive-health politics, or somehow gain a perceptible number of anti-choicers?

  20. 20
    John Pieret

    Pierce @ 19

    Fighting in court for medically unjustified restrictions on post-coital contraception loses Obama and his party some major political capital …

    I don’t disagree. But Obama is not the Democratic party, even if he is the present “standard bearer.” The party will not be spending its money or energy to get out the Evangelical vote unless and until there is a change in the demographics of those voters. I don’t know why the administration is fighting the morning after pill … whether it is politically motivated or whether Obama thinks (incorrectly, in my< opinion) that it is wrong to allow 12 year olds to make the decision on their own … but the party isn’t going to change its spending until Evangelicals as a whole smack themselves in their collective foreheads and say ‘we should vote Democratic’.

  21. 21
    Franklin Cheeses

    This won’t come as a shock to anyone here, but the founder of the Dallas Tea Party runs an anonymous white supremacist hate blog.

    It goes like this: a few years ago, I discovered a racist named Angry White Dude on Newsbusters. I visited his blog, and it was…well, it was…super racist. I don’t know if there’s a better way to explain it. It was just one of the most racist things I’d ever seen. I spent a year or two trolling his blog – at first, I tried to explain to them how racist they are, then, eventually, I just went there to vent and swear at them. (Funny thing is, whether I was swearing at them violently or politely arguing logical points, their responses were always the same.)

    Anyway, I did some Googling and eventually found a few other blog posts that indicated that the Angry White Dude was Phillip Dennis, founder of the Dallas Tea Party.

    Seriously. Google it up: Angry White Dude. His blog has been toned down quite a bit over the past two years, but it’s still pretty openly racist, violent and stupid. And it’s all run and organized by Phillip Dennis. Dallas Tea Party founder.

    I really wish this guy could get exposed as the garbage he is, but, alas, the evidence I found has been scrubbed from the various sites I found it on. Perhaps someone out there is better than I am at outing this racist asshole. I posted a bunch of comments directly to his blog outing his real name, but he deleted them pretty quickly. Incidentally, posting a comment with the words “Phillip Dennis” in it prompted filtering. All my other comments went through fine. (I ended up putting it as “Phi.llip Den.nis”, which was NOT filtered.)

    Anyway, racism coming from the Dallas Tea Party? You don’t know the half of it.

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