It’s no surprise that the Republican Party is bad for black people, women, gays, Jews, the elderly, and every other conceivable group that isn’t white, straight, male and rich. As proven with the polls of the last two elections, the GOP still has an issue with reaching out to minority voters. And while well-meaning GOP strategists are trying to figure out how to close the gap, folks like Montgomery County GOP chairman Jim Allen continue to torpedo any chance of having the GOP seem inclusive.
The latest in a long line of conservative asshatness starts from the Miss America pageant.
Yup, Miss America.
So former Miss America-turned-attorney-turned-congressional-hopeful Erika Harold was highlighted in a piece by the Republican News Watch. Harold has successfully reinvented herself into a credible political candidate, and is signal that the Republican Party might be shifting from its exclusive status quo (albeit at a glacial pace). Harold’s a Harvard-educated attorney who is young, beautiful, and black – a black woman Republican candidate for congress is about as rare as a two-headed unicorn, so in light of the huge image problem the GOP is having in terms of race, Harold could be seen as a god send.
Well, not for Montgomery County GOP chairman Jim Allen. In an email he blasted Harold – the email’s not only racist, but also sexist. It reads:
“Rodney Davis will win and the love child of the D.N.C. will be back in Shitcago by May of 2014 working for some law firm that needs to meet their quota for minority hires.
The truth is Nancy Pelosi and the DEMOCRAT party want this seat. So they called RINO Timmy Johnson to be their pack mule and get little queen to run.
Ann Callis gets a free ride through a primary and Rodney Davis has a battle.
The little queen touts her abstinence and she won the crown because she got bullied in school,,,boohoo..kids are cruel, life sucks and you move on..Now, miss queen is being used like a street walker and her pimps are the DEMOCRAT PARTY and RINO REPUBLICANS…These pimps want something they can’t get,,, the seat held by a conservative REPUBLICAN Rodney Davis and Nancy Pelosi can’t stand it..
Little Queenie and Nancy Pelosi have so much in common but the one thing that stands out the most.. both are FORMER QUEENS, their crowns are tarnished and time has run out on the both of them..”
Rodney Davis is the Republican incumbent for Illinois’ 13th Congressional district. And to Davis’ credit, he has distances himself from Allen, who also apologized.
Raise your hand if you’re surprised by Allen’s vocal diarrhea. Is your hand raised? Neither is mine.
This is yet another instance when we see that whenever there is a challenge to “business as usual” with the Republican Party, conservative members react with alarm and hostility. To Allen, Harold will always be a black woman who got by on her looks, and because of some imagined black woman privilege.
And don’t get me wrong – I’m no fan of Harold – politically, I think she’s wrong for Illinois and America, and if she does best Davis, I’m hoping a liberal candidate will trounce in her the elections. Her stances on gun rights, abortion, government-supported faith-based initiatives, and her enthusiasm for abstinence in sex education all make me think she wouldn’t be the right candidate, but that’s up to the voters to decide. I don’t think she should be dinged for being black or female, and I don’t think her considerable achievements (excluding winning something as archaic, sexist, and gross as a beauty pageant) should in any way be minimized by her race or gender. I think someone needs to tell Jim Allen that.