U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins offered encouragement to conservatives at a town hall forum that the Republican Party would embrace a "great white hope" capable of thwarting the political agenda endorsed by Democrats who control Congress and President Barack Obama.
"Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope," Jenkins said to the crowd. "I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington."
Jenkins, a Topeka Republican in her first term in Congress, shared thoughts about the GOP's political future during an Aug. 19 forum at Fisher Community Center in the northeast Kansas community of Hiawatha....
The phrase "great white hope" is frequently tied to racist attitudes permeating the United States when heavyweight boxing champion Jack Johnson fought in the early 1900s. Reaction to the first black man to reign as champion was intense enough to build support for a campaign to find a white fighter capable of reclaiming the title from Johnson.
Think anyone in the so-called liberal media is going to ask Michael Steele about this? Anyone? Anyone? I mean, one remark about a "Wise Latina" got play for weeks. But do you think anyone in the media is going to have the balls to bring this up and finally ask Steele the question: "Has the GOP decided to limit its appeal to angry, bitter white people terrified of the Great Dark Horde coming to take their stuff? And how is this a path back to power? "
I'm not holding my breath.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
The Party of Love Needs a Great White Hope
Republican Representative Calls for the "Great White Hope":