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Maryland Senate race

Powerline brings to our attention Charlie Cook’s change of the Maryland race to "toss-up" from "leans Democratic." Cook’s reasons for the change is quoted extensively. Note also that there is (again) talk of the year of the woman, but the MSM doesn’t like to talk about, say, the year of the black Republican (note Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylavnia), unless it is to talk about Republican racism. True to form.

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In this post I forgot to mention that Steele is going to win too....I also forgot to mention that Kean is going to win.

Peter, your critique of the dreaded MSM’s coverage of the "year of the black Republican" just doesn’t hold up. First, the article that I presume you linked to as an example mentions the word racism/racist exactly ONE time, from someone who studies race in political campaigns. The article also cites a psychology prof. who claims that "subconscious stereotypes whites have about blacks may not play as big a role in a campaign where the black candidate is a Republican." Further down it discusses some recent accusations traded between Cardin and Steele, and then quotes at least two Maryland voters who clearly state that to them "race doesn’t matter." The article hardly comes off as painting the GOP as racist or whatever you seem to be implying.

Secondly, here are the top four search results that come up when you use (to borrow from Dubya) "The Google" to look for "Year of the Black Republican." I presume you would include the WashPost and USAToday as part of the MSM; probably Newhouse, too. None of the three print articles even contain the words "racism" or "racist" (I didn’t listen to NPR’s "Talk of the Nation" segment that dealt w/ the issue). Notice too that the USAToday result is an op-ed written by a black man who speaks of 2006 as "the year the Democrats’ tight grip on the black vote is broken." Surely THAT must be music to your ears?

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