Why are our Democrats using racial slurs against Lt. Governor Michael Steele of Maryland? Because as a conservative Republican who happens to be black, he threatens the Democrats' stranglehold on the black vote:
Black Maryland Democratic leaders say Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's run for the U.S. Senate could put them at odds with black voters who would question their endorsing a white candidate, such as U.S. Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, over the black Republican.
"I think at that point I'd be saying that I am endorsing the Democratic ticket," said Delegate Obie Patterson, Prince George's County Democrat and former chairman of the General Assembly's black caucus.
"It would be a much more difficult task to rally the troops to get out and vote for a single person such as Ben Cardin," he said. "It would be easy for me to sell it as a Democrat supporting Democrats. ... Whether I can do that actively enough to bring over all my friends, I'm not sure."
Translation: We might not be able to get 90% of black voters to vote Democrat in 2006. The thing is, without 90% black support for Democratic candidates, there would probably be 50 less Democrats in the House and a half dozen less in the Senate, with proportional decreases in Democratic officeholding down to the State and local level.
Most other minority groups in the United States are at least somewhat competitive for Republicans - even the Jewish vote, long a Democratic stronghold, is fracturing as leftwing anti-Semitism becomes more obvious. But the black vote has stayed absolute for the Democrats - that is until now. Legislative and executive actions which directly assist black Americans have happened and Republicans are putting forth and electing black canadates that our competitive with black voters. Michael Steele represents both GOP currents...and, mark my words, the Democrats are afraid of him.