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Cain and the GOP can’t de-brainwash blacks

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | 10/4/2011, 2:22 p.m.

For months, they whipped up their hysteria and borderline racism against health care reform. This was glaringly apparent in ferocity and bile spouted by the shock troops that GOP leaders and tea baggers brought out to harangue, harass and bully Democrat legislators on the eve of the health care vote. These are the very voters that GOP presidents and aspiring presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush and John McCain, and legions of GOP governors, senators and congresspersons banked on for victory and to seize and maintain regional and national political dominance.

Even in losing presidential election years for GOP presidential candidates Bob Dole, in 1996 and McCain, in 2008, Republicans would not have been competitive without the bailout from white male voters. The political facts for the GOP remain unchanged. Elections are usually won by candidates with a solid and impassioned core of bloc voters. White males, particularly older white males, vote consistently and faithfully. And they voted in a far greater percentage than Hispanics and blacks.

The November 2010 mid-term elections again proved that point with a vengeance. The Tea Party engineered a political palace revolt against the GOP mainstream establishment and defeated some GOP incumbents in the primaries. They did it with one message to the party: move even further to the right on the issues or suffer the consequences.

The GOP mainstream leaders got the message. If Cain even dared utter anything that could remotely be considered a moderate position on Social Security, taxes or the unions, he and his candidacy would be DOA in the GOP.

Cain knows full well that a jibe here and there at blacks for their supposed slavish loyalty to the GOP won’t change anything as long as the GOP remains the racial-code-spewing, government-and-labor bashing, anti-civil rights party it has relentlessly been the past half century. But, then again, Cain wouldn’t be where he is if it wasn’t.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst.