Diversity is Fine, Just Not Diversity of Thought


In 2008, Rep. Joseph Cao (R-LA) became the only Asian-American in the Republican caucus. The GOP leadership quickly embraced him, with House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) penning a memo titled, “The Future is Cao.” In May, another Asian-American, Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI) joined Cao, winning a special election in a heavily Democratic district. Now in the GOP caucus, in addition to Cao and Djou, there is “first-generation Filipino” Steve Austria, three Cuban-American members (Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart, and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen), and one Native American (Tom Cole). Republican National Committee Chair Michael Steele has also said one of his major objectives is to increase diversity in the GOP. Today, however, Politico reports that the National Republican Congressional Committee’s (NRCC) 2010 blueprint for winning back Congress leave Cao and Djou out in the cold.

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Republicans are pursuing an “offensive effort,” buying ads mostly in districts currently held by Democrats:


Notably, the NRCC has yet to announce plans to defend several imperiled GOP incumbents who rank high on Democratic target lists. Rep. Charles Djou (R-Hawaii), Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.)—the two incumbents widely considered to be the most endangered Republicans—were left off the NRCC roster.


Both Djou and Cao have occasionally broken from the party line, which may have angered the Republican leadership. Djou has criticized his party’s attempts to change the 14th amendment and supports efforts to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Cao was the only House Republican to vote for health care reform. Austria’s OH-7 district is also not on the NRCC’s target list.


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12 responses to “Diversity is Fine, Just Not Diversity of Thought

  1. If Melissa gets first like, I get first tweet.

    Saving Cao’s seat is pretty much a lost cause. However, I’m surprised they let Djou and Austria out to dry.

    As for where the NRCC is spending its money, both the district I used to live in (MI-07) and the district I live in now (MI-09) are probably high on the target list. The NDCC knows this, and so do Democrats both inside and outside Michigan. Both incumbents, Schauer and Peters, have the biggest war chests of any U.S. Representative in the state.

    Peters’ office is right up the street from me. I’m sure I’ll be spending time between now and November canvassing neighborhoods and calling potential voters. I already have one of his lawn signs in front.

    • writechic

      Deal. You got to your point before me though. 🙂

    • now, now, no fighting, you kids!

      i hope cao’s seat is a lost cause. same with djou. he sort of fell into that seat, because the dems were too busy beating each other up. i hope the nrcc wastes a whole lotta money. of course, with the supreme court ruling, there’s a lot more where that came from.

    • Tolliver

      I dont think Cao’s seat is a lost cause. He is very popular here, and his would be opponent has been revealed to be a crook. Check out: http://theamericanzombie.blogspot.com/

      • hello tolliver,

        welcome to the raisin! 😀

        i don’t know a lot about louisiana politics, but i was just reading about it. what are the chances that juan lafonta will get the democratic nomination?

  2. writechic

    Increasing diversity means making room for views with nuances. Too hard.

    (Steele is just really bad at the job. Tim Kaine doesn’t embarrass the fuck out of me. Steele would if I were Republican. He’s more mouth than substance. He has a blog post on the RNC website put up a week ago. ONE COMMENT…then crickets.)

    • diversity to rethugs is someone who looks different to show up for a photo-op. same thing with the tea party. did you see the pictures of batshit bachmann with the african-american lady and the baby at one of her tea party press conferences? it reminded me of the picture of stephen colbert with his black friend. 😆

  3. jeb

    Damn those minorities and their independent thinking!

    • why would they even want to be rethugs? with apologies to groucho, i wouldn’t want to be a member of a club that doesn’t want me or people like me as a member.

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  5. You got to admit they got the “offensive effort” thing going pretty good: establish a state religion, question everyones citizenship and loyalty, the “Mexican Question”, xenophobia as a lifestyle, great worry that the rich aren’t rich enough. With all this going on, there’s hardly enough time to discuss the vital issues of the day like is the Grinch getting enough blow jobs?