''The future is Cao", says House Minority Leader John Boehner.
One week ago, most Republicans had never heard of Anh “Joseph” Cao. Those who were aware he was challenging Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) thought he had almost no chance of winning. Not a single Republican in the state’s congressional delegation donated to his campaign.
Today, however, three days after his improbable victory, Cao is the toast of the Republican Party, hailed as the future of the GOP by no less than House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio.
Boehner touted Cao as a symbol of the party’s future in a memo Sunday night.
In a release titled “The Future is Cao,” Boehner wrote that “the Cao victory is a symbol of what can be achieved when we think big, present a positive alternative and win the trust of the American people.”
For conservatives sensitive to the GOP’s lack of diversity, Cao’s win represents an opportunity to put a new face on a party trying to remake itself after a devastating election cycle, one marked by an exceptionally poor Republican performance among minority voters.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Monday that Cao’s election represented a victory for a different kind of GOP politics, a type of politics he has frequently predicted that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal may bring to the national stage if he were to run for president.
“I think the election of Cao is a major event in New Orleans,” Gingrich said. “You now have the first Vietnamese-American occupying a seat that nobody would have thought he could win. This is the opposite of red-vs.-blue, base-mobilization politics.” '
No, it's not "red-vs.-blue" but there is definitely a whitebread-vs.-''diversity" competition here.
Once and for all, Gingrich is no conservative, and no defender of traditional America, just another deracinated, cosmopolitan, PC globalist shill.
Every now and then someone on the ''right'' asserts that Gingrich is some kind of last remaining conservative in the GOP, to which I can only laugh. Or weep. If he is the upholder of 'conservatism', we are in deep trouble.
And in that sense, he is the perfect example of the Republican Party, which sometimes pretends to represent heartland America, but which has gone a-whoring after ''diversity'' and the ''minority vote".
Anh Cao may very well be a decent man, and a self-made success, and more power to him; but would he be greeted with a standing ''o" and feted as some kind of hero, were he just another ''whitebread'' Congressman?
WASHINGTON -- Anh "Joseph" Cao arrived in Washington on Wednesday to the praise of congressional Republicans and began his metamorphosis from unlikely hero to Congress' most junior -- and politically vulnerable -- member.
Cao, who at 5 feet 2 inches might become the smallest man in the House, received a thunderous standing ovation at a meeting of the House Republican Conference, where he was introduced by Republican House Leader John Boehner of Ohio. Since Cao's election Saturday, Boehner has proclaimed him the future of the party.
In their prayer, the Republican members of the House thanked God for Cao, and at a reception Wednesday evening at the Republican National Committee, Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, introduced Cao as the man who had "lifted the cloud hanging over the 2nd Congressional District."
"I hope to bring a fresh face and maybe a new perspective to our party," said Cao, whose demeanor tends to deflect, not draw attention.
Cao, the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress, said he plans to accept an invitation from Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., to join the Asian-Pacific Islander Caucus that Honda leads. He said he also would like to join the Congressional Black Caucus, to which he has not been invited...
“It’s an important victory and shows that we are a party that reaches out to minorities as well,” said Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), who stood alongside Cao during his victory celebration in New Orleans.
“A lot was made of Barack Obama’s historic election as the first African-American president, and I think there’s also something very historic that Joseph Cao is the first Vietnamese-American elected to Congress. The American dream is alive and well, and we can see it can be achieved with the Republican Party.''
Now, it seems, we have two political parties which seem to be devoted primarily to advancing the cause of various ethnic and racial minorities.
And the fact that Cao wants to join the Congressional Black Caucus? Republicans, does this not give you a clue as to where his affinities lie?
Some time ago, I wrote of how the idea of ''the American dream'' had been perverted to apply mostly to various immigrant groups achieving power in this country. Of course this power comes at the expense of the old-stock citizens of this country. The GOP and the Democrats alike are putting nonwhites, especially those of recent immigrant origin, on a high pedestal, as though their skin color or origin were in itself an object of veneration. This is rank idolatry. Why is it any different from the supposed ''white privilege'' which our enemies criticize? Why is ''minority privilege'' or nonwhite privilege a wonderful thing, if this theoretical ''white privilege'' is supposed to be evil in the extreme?
So Republicans are cheering the election of another ethnic who will be representing his own ethnic group's interests.
I see that the latest Republican minority heart-throb, Piyush ''Bobby" Jindal, has said he will not be a candidate for the Presidency. Now the jilted "colorblind conservatives" in the GOP will be forced to find some other ''conservative' of color to take his place on the pedestal reserved for ''conservative'' minorities. Hey, it isn't easy to find ''conservatives of color", and they gotta fill those AA slots, and prove their non-racist credentials.
Michael Steele is still around, but he is quoted as saying, in reference to the new flavor-of-the-month GOP minorities:
''What Cao represents is a new face, a new opportunity, a 21st-century look for the party,” said Steele. “The Republican Party’s strength comes in many forms and many hues. We have to understand now it’s not all white bread.”
And here, a Republicann pollster chimes in with the typical big tent idiocy:
“One of the Republicans’ major challenges nationally is attracting more minority support, and here in Louisiana we see an Asian-American breaking through in very prominent ways on the Republican side,” said Republican pollster Whit Ayres. “Louisiana is symbolic for the Republicans’ ability to appeal well beyond the white male base that is supposedly the backbone of the party.”
''Supposedly'' the backbone of the party? As if he disdains the support of White males. I assure you, Whit Ayres is a White male.
Obviously he and his deracinated soulmates in the Republican Party did not get the message of the recent election. The reason John McCain is not the President-Elect now is because those traditionally Republican White males, for the most part, declined to vote for McCain, either sitting the election out or voting for third-party candidates. The GOP is either incredibly obtuse and stupid, which they may be, or they are intentionally driving away their White base. After all, White=racist in the eyes of these liberal ideologues, be they Republicans or Democrats, and they want to show their moral superiority by shunning their ''whitebread'' brethren in favor of their new minority messiahs. The Democrats have their Minority Messiah; now the GOP has to find one, too. Maybe it's just cynical pragmatism; since our present immigration policy is leading towards a nonwhite America, the quislings in both parties want to join up with the ''winning side'' while they still have a chance, and they are willing to throw their brethren to the wolves in the process.
You would think that the GOP would learn something, after their being spurned by their previous Affirmative Action poster boy, Colin Powell.
"I think the party has to take a hard look at itself," Powell said in the interview, which was taped Wednesday. "There is nothing wrong with being conservative. There is nothing wrong with having socially conservative views — I don't object to that. But if the party wants to have a future in this country, it has to face some realities. In another 20 years, the majority in this country will be the minority."
Powell, who crossed party lines and endorsed President-elect Barack Obama just weeks before the election, said the GOP must see what is in the "hearts and minds" of African-American, Hispanic and Asian voters "and not just try to influence them by… the principles and dogma."
"I think the party has to stop shouting at the world and at the country,"Powell said. "I think that the party has to take a hard look at itself, and I've talked to a number of leaders in recent weeks and they understand that." Powell, who says he still considers himself a Republican, said his party should also stop listening to conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.
"Can we continue to listen to Rush Limbaugh?" Powell asked. "Is this really the kind of party that we want to be when these kinds of spokespersons seem to appeal to our lesser instincts rather than our better instincts?"
I can remember not so long ago, Powell was the Great Minority Hope for many of the PC Republicans. They were touting him for President. Then Condi Rice was next. She was barely introduced to the American public back in 2000 when the PC Pubbies were saying ''Condi for President, 2008!"
When are Republicans ever going to learn: minorities in general are not interested in conservatism (assuming that conservatism is what the GOP stands for). Minorities, judging by the ample record, seem to be interested only in wresting more power for themselves and the benefit of their ethnic and racial brethren. They are not capable of ''colorblindness''; in fact it's only silly Whites who believe that 'colorblindness' is desirable or even possible.
Minorities, a great percentage of the time, cannot or will not act towards the common good and general well-being of the country. Perhaps objectivity and a detached concern for the general welfare is a ''Whitebread'' thing, which is not comprehensible to minorities.
Powell's turning on his Republican benefactors, and biting the hand that has fed him for decades, since the Reagan administration, is not surprising to those who have a more realistic attitude. But the delusional Republicans still cling, beyond all reason, to the hope that somewhere out there is a ''conservative'' minority who will save the GOP and the country.
We often say that liberalism is a mental disorder, and if it is, the Republican Party leaders need a cure. They seem impervious to reality.