Somebody should put out an Amber Alert for Michael Steele, possibly even Herman Cain because ever since the Republicans decided they didn’t need these two men to be their little black puppets anymore, they have completely disappeared from the mainstream. But two people have seemingly risen from the ashes to take their place: Mia Love and Deneen Borelli. You could call these women the black Sarah Palins of the 2012 election because like the Republicans dug up the Alaskan governor in 2008 to prove they were young mavericks ready for change, the Tea Party has pushed these women to the forefront of their movement to prove they’re not the racist faction they’ve come to be known as.
I don’t follow politics enough to know just what kind of movers and shakers Mia and Deneen were in their respective states of Utah and New York but it’s obvious that they weren’t on the national radar before their present affiliation with the Tea Party and its goal of bringing black folks into the fold, i.e. which means before this week nobody except republicans really knew who they were. But now, Deneen has been appointed by FreedomWorks to specifically recruit minorities to the movement and Mia hopes that she will become the first-ever black Republican woman elected to Congress. Not trying to paint republicans with the same brush stroke but since when did they care about giving black people some power? Oh, right it’s an election year.
Regardless of the motive, the question on everyone’s minds is will it work? For one, it’s not as though everyone can’t see through this whole front. This is the same group of people who allowed Michelle Bachmann to inform us that we were better off during slavery. They can’t possibly think we’d forgotten that could they? Although considering Mia and Deneen have, there are bound to be a few more like-minded negros out there I’m sure they presume.
Speaking on the underlying basis of the Tea Party and their philosophy of cutting spending to government assistance programs which we all know mostly minorities rely on, Erin Gloria Ryan wrote on Jezebel.com:
“Tea Partiers who think that the addition of black women to its ranks will cure its public relations problem are sadly misinformed about minority voters’ ability to detect the smell of pandering. Just as fiscal responsibility is colorblind, so is bulls***. And just because Deneen Borelli and Mia Love are intelligent black women doesn’t mean they don’t have some terrible ideas.”
Perhaps the Tea Party believes that since so many African Americans gladly stated they voted for President Obama just because he’s black, black people will start believing the Tea Party has their back just because these two women are black. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that’s not going to happen. Furthermore, I’m pretty sure what will happen when their goal isn’t met around November 6, 2012. Mia and Deneed will be shunned and disappear back into the shadows they came from like every other present-day black republican whose been used up and forgotten by the Grand Old Party when they failed to meet their lofty, transparent goals.
What do you think about Mia Love and Deneen Borelli’s sudden rise to fame via the Tea Party?
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