Friday, November 07, 2003

Just because you're an idiot, doesn't mean you can't play the race card

Tuesday's election was enlivened by the presence of Barbara Blackmon, a black trial lawyer who was the Democrat candidate for Lt. Governor in Mississippi. She's most famous for the innovation of asking her incumbent opponent, Amy Tuck, to sign an affidavit saying that she had never had an abortion. This was not received well by the populace.

But wait there's more - Losing Miss. Candidate Blames Racism
JACKSON, Miss. - Democratic challenger for lieutenant governor Barbara Blackmon, who is black, said Thursday that her race is the reason she lost to the white Republican incumbent.

"It is my belief as well as the belief probably of over 300,000 voters of this state that if my pigmentation were different, I would be the lieutenant governor of this state," Blackmon, a state senator, said during a news conference at her campaign headquarters in Jackson.
Logic's not her strong suit, but she did get over 300,000 votes if that's what she means.
Blackmon won 37 percent of the vote to 61 percent for Lt. Gov. Amy Tuck, according to unofficial returns.
Hmm, the incumbent Democrat governor (who is white) lost 53 to 45%, the Democrat candidate for attorney general (who is also black) lost by 52 to 46%, and Babs lost by 61 to 37% percent.

There's a pattern here all right and it's that when it's a bad election for Democrats, candidates who are idiots and Democrats have a real problem.

Also neat were her election eve pronouncements that despite the early results, God would eventually make her the winner. Having had a couple of days for her defeat to sink in, she then opined that her loss was similar to the Pharisees and the Sadducees rejecting Jesus Christ. No word on UFOs yet.