If it's not the White Christian Party, then what is it?
Seen in Texas... ganked from Daily Kos.
I'm not a huge fan of Howard Dean... truthfully I'm not a big fan of any politician, but I digress.
His recent statement that the GOP is "pretty much a white Christian party" has recieved criticism from everywhere. Why, I ask?
Is it because the truth hurts? AMERICAblog shows that
Of 3,643 Republicans serving in the state legislatures, only 44 are minorities, or 1.2 percent. In the Congress, with 274 of the 535 elected senators and representatives Republican, only five are minorities - three Cuban Americans from Florida, a Mexican American from Texas and a Native American senator originally elected as a Democrat.
The Native American senator is gone and replaced by an African-American Democrat. Plus, the Republicans have no blacks representing them in Congress. After doing the fuzzy math, I come up with 99.26% of Republicans on the Hill as being white and 98.8% of all Republicans elected to state legislatures as white.
This blog has certainly made the case that the Christian Right has set up shop at, well... the right. The Republicans. Add the two together and you have a "White Christian party".
Chief Deputy Whip Rep. Eric I. Cantor (R-Va) urged Congressional Democrats to "to tell Howard Dean to apologize for his hateful and misguided statements".
What's so hateful about the truth? Granted, Dean works on the edge and his statements were overboard, unconstructive, and "misguided", but not hateful. We can argue all day long about stereotyping and how unproductive it is... but usually you need evidence to debunk the stereotype, and I find none.
If the Republicans are so concerned about "hateful" statements, I'm sure we can dig up quite a few emanating from that side of the aisle.