Rep Lewis decries loss of white voters by Dems

Rick Moran
Maybe if they didn't try to divide America into white and black in the first place, they might have a better shot with voters who don't like being placed in a box:

The Hill:

White voters preferred Republican candidates by almost two-to-one in the midterms last year. Their support helped the GOP win 22 seats in the states that make up the Old Confederacy. The Democrats' only pickup in the region was the New Orleans district where the party holds a registration advantage.Since November, there have been a string of defections by Southern Democratic state lawmakers, which has prompted renewed speculation about the party's future in the region. Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis (D) said Democrats should even consider running as Independents if they want to succeed.

Lewis, who was a civil rights activist before being elected to Congress in 1986, said he's concerned the party is losing its diversity, which will make it difficult to reclaim the lost seats.

"We've got to go all out and get white voters, especially white men, to come back to the Democratic Party," he told The Ballot Box. "I just think it's important for the Democratic Party to roll out and try to reveal itself and not become a party that is split along racial lines."

I don't know - what do you think? Maybe if they stop calling white men "racists" at the drop of a hat (or if they're in the tea party movement) do you think that might help a little?

Lewis is clueless. The way to win back white voters is for Democrats to start treating them as human beings and not statistics on a scorecard. Stop playing the race card at every opportunity and address the concerns of all Americans regardless of color.

Since they are incapable of doing that, chances are very good that the white vote will coelesce around the GOP in 2012 and make Obama a one term president.

Maybe if they didn't try to divide America into white and black in the first place, they might have a better shot with voters who don't like being placed in a box:

The Hill:

White voters preferred Republican candidates by almost two-to-one in the midterms last year. Their support helped the GOP win 22 seats in the states that make up the Old Confederacy. The Democrats' only pickup in the region was the New Orleans district where the party holds a registration advantage.

Since November, there have been a string of defections by Southern Democratic state lawmakers, which has prompted renewed speculation about the party's future in the region. Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis (D) said Democrats should even consider running as Independents if they want to succeed.

Lewis, who was a civil rights activist before being elected to Congress in 1986, said he's concerned the party is losing its diversity, which will make it difficult to reclaim the lost seats.

"We've got to go all out and get white voters, especially white men, to come back to the Democratic Party," he told The Ballot Box. "I just think it's important for the Democratic Party to roll out and try to reveal itself and not become a party that is split along racial lines."

I don't know - what do you think? Maybe if they stop calling white men "racists" at the drop of a hat (or if they're in the tea party movement) do you think that might help a little?

Lewis is clueless. The way to win back white voters is for Democrats to start treating them as human beings and not statistics on a scorecard. Stop playing the race card at every opportunity and address the concerns of all Americans regardless of color.

Since they are incapable of doing that, chances are very good that the white vote will coelesce around the GOP in 2012 and make Obama a one term president.