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linda @lulubelle

The left continually attacks black conservatives, I’m sure they will demonize this senator as well.

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J Craig @conservj

Agreed, but I feel this will be another case where they look uninformed. I am sure many probably don’t know or won’t care to look at his conservative voting record or that he was once a Republican before. All they will see is this current switch and most probably attack.

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Two Cents @twocents

First of all, I think it is a very brave move to switch parties, so kudos to Senator Elbert Guillory.

The left does a great job of defending, and I would say sometimes even wrongfully defending, all African Americans that agree with them. However, they viciously attack African Americans that do not agree with them. I believe this Senator Guillory will be viciously attacked. I do not think he should be attacked. He is very brave to stand for what he believes. I think that African Americans are expected to always support Barack Obama because he is black, which is ridiculous. Shouldn’t we judge a man by the content of his character, rather than skin color. The current President is not doing anything to help the African American community. He simply uses them for their votes. African American unemployment is rising steadily under Obama and its time that they stand up and demand what they were promised. A better education and JOBS. Just because someone is black doesn’t mean they are helping the African American community.

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

I was going to through in my two cents worth but two cents already said what I was going to say. Nicely done. Great minds.

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notHillary @nothillary

The left sorely underestimates the power of the Black Conservative movement.

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

notHillary, I hope you’re right.

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Isabelle Granter @issabell

I think that liberals will criticize somebody who doesn’t agree with them in the same way and for the same reasons that conservatives will criticize somebody who doesn’t agree with them.

what effect does his race have?

any senator that switches will face about the same level of scrutiny.

a Republican senator that turns Democrat isn’t going to be greeted with a basket of roses from the GOP, either… regardless of ethnicity

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linda @lulubelle

Liberal historically criticize a black conservative more than an “ordinary” conservative, but equally as much as a “high profile” conservative. I find it amusing that a group that claims to be the more tolerant is actually the worst a categorizing individuals

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Isabelle Granter @issabell

I don’t know, I think all of you have done a pretty decent job of categorizing people here.

lets say an African American man is a Democrat — are you going to say its because of Obama?
I would like to think it is because he identifies with the liberal cause after looking at the issues, like a normal Democrat — not because he is “expected” to support one side or the other.

I don’t understand why race should matter to either side. The real factors here are economic background and location, and race often correlates with them, but doesn’t really have anything to do with whether or not somebody should be a Democrat or a Republican.

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Willie Lawson @wlshow

In a perfect world I suppose race wouldn’t matter. But this whole idea that colorblind in even possible is not only naive but a failed strategy.

http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/willie-lawson-changing-game/2013/apr/22/failed-strategy-colorblind/

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Jim Zielbauer @thebasseteer

Of course they will….they have no other card to play but the “Hate” card.

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Willie Lawson @wlshow

If anyone is curious about Sen. Guillory has to say about this please listen to the interview I did with him this week? http://www.blogtalkradio.com/willielawsonshow/2013/06/05/the-willie-lawson-show

fast forward to second hour.

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Two Cents @twocents

I think its very interesting that the media is not covering his switch. I’ve been hearing a lot about it on Talk Radio, but nowhere else. Everyone should watch Guillory’s statement HERE:

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Ming @mingfrommongo

They’ll ignore the entire episode. It’s not in the mainstream media’s focus so few will know. The less they have to deal with, the better for them. Conservatives need to create an outlet that will be geared towards those that don’t care and slowly get the message across.

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J Craig @conservj

I agree Ming that MSM will and have essentially ignored his switch, but what do you think Republicans need to do as far as staying on topic or pushing this across? Meaning, should they continue to do what they have been and speak about current issues or attempt to defend their party history in regards to race?

Many of us wear multiple helmets everyday and are quite capable of multitasking, but it appears certain politicians or parties can barely chew gum and walk at the same time.

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Julia Wotten @juliaw

People always change parties at the end of an administration. They fear that during the midterm elections they will face scrutiny, during the Presidential election approaching they will get attacked, so they switch parties because our political system tends to swing like a pendulum. To say that mainstream media isnt covering this to hide the story is ridiculous, they just dont cover it because its not interesting to their base for the reasons I just described. Its politics as usual, nothing unusual.

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Luann Keller @luannkeller

How cynical to say it is politics as usual: I could not disagree more. His reasons, from his own lips, are clear. He wants to inspire young black people who are left hopeless by the race baitors.

Like Dr. Alvita King, he offers encouragement to black children, teens, and young adults. The violence and crime spring out of defeated parenting and children told you WILL be kept down because of your black skin. Willy Lawson, Herman Cain, and many other black conservative voices who say “Yes, YOU can!” rarely get the microphone because the dark voices are busy telling black youth that rich white people want to bar their success.

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