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Are things uncomfortable at home for African Americans in the South who are moderate to conservative?  Booker Rising, the premiere conservative Black political blog, has a great quiz in their margin.  The quiz would indicate that a surprising number of Black voters down here are actually moderate if not conservative.  Then, what’s the problem?

The problem could be fitting these people neatly into the two existing major political parties.  On the Left, national Democrats go a little too far with spending and the role of government—well intended but not fiscally sound.  On the Right, the methods of the Far Right segment are too much for many in my community to stomach. 

In Georgia, I can respect the efforts of Melvin Everson, Cory Ruth and Dr. Deborah Honeycutt as Black candidates in the GOP.  If Honeycutt doesn’t win the runoff, a pattern seems to be appearing because she would be the candidate best positioned to attract members of our community from strong Rep. David Scott.  Everson would have won the general election because his time at my alma mater Albany State University gave him a ready-made statewide network.  I am even concerned that other GOP candidates downplay or don’t want our support because their base view most  Blacks as liberal.

Democrat Senate candidate R.J. Hadley stomped all over Georgia—even Tea Party type events.  He is a rising star in Georgia politics.  Here’s a good question: who has more juice in the southern GOP, the Tea Party Movement or the African American community.  On Booker Rising, I read the post from Black Tea Party people with an open-mind.  But, this is Georgia and Atlanta is the best Black city on earth.  I can’t call it but thanks to the conservatives who look like me for standing by your guns while moderates are purged.  If the Blue Dogs spend time with conservatives in swing district, conservative candidate should do the same on some level…in swing districts. 

I would strongly recommend that the Red team “show the flag” in every community. While votes might be few in certain circles, elected officials in our form of government represent everyone—not just the people who vote for them.  What’s interesting is that many of the GOP candidates worked with and around various types of people in their professional backgrounds.  They get to party meetings everyone is cookie cutter of each other and fearful of any others.  Do like the Blue Dogs and insist on being the candidate you want to be.  Like R.J. Hadley and Ray McKinney, candidates should talk talk talk with anyone who will listen.

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When Michael Steele sought the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee, he produced a glossy “Blueprint” outline for moving his party forward in a productive and positive manner.   As a Black moderate, I was hopeful that the brother would do for their team what Obama would be doing for our team.

Then, the anger started and that blueprint because a footnote.  Or did it?  In South Carolina, Republican Nikki Haley took the high ground and is on her way to joining Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal as Indian Americans in governorships.  State Rep. Tim Scott is an African-American who defeated Strom Thrumond’s son for the GOP nod for congress.  The Low County of South Carolina is evidentially Scottland. 

Georgia has two “Scottland” battles with Black Watch monitoring closely.  In military history, the Black Watch is the name of the 3rd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland.  Of course, they worn the Black and Green tartan we came to love while rocking the preppy look in the early 80s and ordering from L.L. Bean.   In Georgia’s 13th congressional district, Rep. David Scott faces a primary challenge from grassroots candidate Michael Murphy and Michael Frisbee before facing likely GOP nominee Dr. Deborah Honeycutt.  Murphy speaks about our state’s future with wisdom and concern.  Honeycutt should give Democrat leaders nightmares because she manages to go from Tea Party event to Black suburbs to the inner city without missing a beat. 

The central concern for moderates this election is finding officials who support the middle class while working with everyone for real dialog and real results.  Honeycutt could be the model for selecting African-American women with positive dispositions who firmly speak about the limited role of government rather than more programs and Band-Aids.     

 The other “Scottland” battle in Georgia pits Rep. Jim Marshall against Austin Scott.  Readers of this blog know that I questioned Marshall’s commitment to the Democrat Party and felt he should have taken the highland by attending the Democrat National Convention event that nominated Barrack Obama.  Black “watched” that occur and wondered if Dem officials were asleep on their watch.  Austin Scott is a Republican who remains conservative while connecting with young people and occasionally working across party lines.  In Georgia, the Blue Dogs have gotten us familiar with such cooperation so considering Deborah Honeycutt, Austin Scott or the GOP challenger to Rep. John Barrow seems natural. 

The other “Scottland” battle in Georgia pits Rep. Jim Marshall against Austin Scott.  Readers of this blog know that I questioned Marshall’s commitment to the Democrat Party and felt he should have taken the highland by attending the Democrat National Convention event that nominated Barrack Obama.  Black “watched” that occur and wondered if Dem officials were asleep on their watch.  Austin Scott is a Republican who remains conservative while connecting with young people and occasionally working across party lines.  In Georgia, the Blue Dogs have gotten us familiar with such cooperation so considering Deborah Honeycutt, Austin Scott or the GOP challenger to Rep. John Barrow seems natural.

The media loves the drama of the Tea Party but Colin Powell spoke of the sensible center.  If the GOP spent some time, energy and resources, Michael Steele could have candidates with a better comfort level in all communities.  It’s time to gift a few congressional seats to our GOP friends who supported Obama and the gift to the president will be a congress more like the average American.   

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Senator McCain took the microphone from that older lady and said, “No madam, no madam, he is a decent family man, citizen that I just happen to have disagreements with on fundamental issues and that’s what this campaign is all about.”  At that point, I knew that we should be gracious to him during the rest of this campaign because he could be a GOP voice of civility in the Senate to the Obama White House.  (Here come the emails.)

 

The contributors to this blog started discussing who would be the same GOP voice in the House.  That’s when I wrote about ‘Republican Rhetoric Dialers Needed” and urged our community to consider supporting GOP candidates who would vote their party line but stand up in their conference meetings and insist that opposition stayed on policy without resorting to dirty behavior and clearly incendiary untruths.  In the short time since that posting, we have seen that talk radio muck could push zealots to try some real ugliness.

 

Could Georgia congressional Deborah Honeycutt be that GOP voice.

 

First, her opponent David Scott is a Blue Dog Democrat and a welcomed African American moderate—member of the House Agriculture Committee who worked on the bipartisan Farm Bill and a member of the Financial Services Committee who must monitor those Bailout billions.

 

Should we be concerned that the congress doesn’t have one GOP African American?  Senator Obama keeps saying “and some Republicans” but he has endorsed Scott.

 

Former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough on MSNBC said that the large number of small donors who have given to the Obama campaign must be making the K-Street lobbyists sick—if the people give the money directly, the lobbyists are pushed out of the loop and away from the leaders’ ears.

 

Do the tons of money Honeycutt raised make her Obama, Jr, or Baby Barrack?   For those who question how she did it, that’s easy to see: she is a African American pro-life physician.  A Black doctor saying that abortion is wrong from the medical and moral standpoint.  Those who agree with her must dream about propelling her onto the national stage in an effort to end the taking of innocent lives.  (Here come more emails)

 

There’s the question: would Deborah Honeycutt in congress actually help the Obama White House if she could reduced the vitriol? 

 

She is an Alpha Kappa Alpha who was medical director at Spelman College—the sister is starting to seem Obama-like. 

 

Personally, I can’t call it because my first deference is to Scott for his Farm Bill work. 

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