Charlie Webster is the 2012 version of Pauline Kael. Webster, the Maine Republican Party chairman, thinks there might have been voter fraud in his state because "nobody in town knows anyone who's black," but black voters came in to vote on Election Day.
Kael, of course, was the New Yorker critic who after George McGovern's 1972 landslide loss to President Richard Nixon was reported to have said she "couldn't believe Nixon had won", since no one she knew had voted for him (it was probably misattributed.) But there's no ambiguity with Webster's remarks, reports ThinkProgress, citing WCSH television in Portland, ME.
"In some parts of rural Maine, there were dozens, dozens of black people who came in and voted on Election Day. Everybody has a right to vote, but nobody in town knows anyone who's black. How did that happen? I don't know. We're going to find out."
Webster isn't alone in alluding to race in explaining away Republicans' losses in 2012. Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan claimed that President Barack Obama won reelection because of the "urban vote." His former boss, GOP nominee Mitt Romney, said Obama won because of the "gifts" he gave black people, Latinos, women and youths.
Oh, so now...if you're black, you have to "check-in" with this guy before you can vote in Maine? Or better yet...."Guess Who's Coming to Dinner"..Mr. Chairman...If you'd just open your eyes, and look to your right, and then to your left...Hey, you just might notice some black people, some hispanics, some young people, some women, some asians...But if all you ever look for is just other middle-aged white people...No wonder you don';t know any blacks....And, once again--No wonder you guys lost this election!
Maine voting registration information: 1. No deadline for registering to vote if done in person. 2. Physical address required, but hard to believe there is any way to verify this on election day. 3. Voter ID or unique ID number required unless you fill out box C (write none) which requires you to declare that you don't have either a Maine Driver's License (yeah they say Maine!) or a SS number. Maybe I'm missing something, but this seems like the people of Maine are either really stupid or intentionally corrupt.
Well now. This guy is the type of dip s**t we have had to put up with these last two years. What a moron . Him and our idiot governor too. We managed to kick the republicans off their majority high horse in the legislature this election. Unfortunately we will have to wait a couple of years to see this jerk and our bonehead governor packing their suitcases and leaving.
@MongoAPillager LePage said this LOL - The man makes up facts to suit his message. He lied when he was running, he has been lying ever since. I wouldhave to find someone else with the same information before I would lend credence to it.
I promise I am a republican-one repub doubts me-but anyways- I think the REpublican party needs to purge a lot of these thinkers out of the party. Just what he said sounded ignorant-no one in the neighborhood has seen a black family-so why did Obama win? What the heck is that about, I have white friends that voted for Obama, a sister in law-she would not put up an obama sign because she did not want her neighbors to know.
@Sonny It's not about that, it's about the population in Maine..It's less than .8%. If the man says he doesn't know any blacks, and the pop.of his State is only .8%, maybe he doesn't really know any. He didn't say they turned his stomach!..
@Sonny I know absolutely no Chinese people, I know only a few Jewish people, I do not know (personally) any Arab people, and only a few Spanish people...does that make me racist? They don't turn my stomach, I am just not familiar with them as a people.
@mimi57 Yes, but why does he have to "know any blacks" in the first place?...So what if he doesn't "know any blacks"?!?! Its a phrase that he (being a politician) should have known better not to even say...It was just un necessary, and makes him look like a ---well you know what it makes him look and sound like...In my community, I don't personally know any "Chinese-Americans". ..But I would not be at all surprised if there were many that voted on election day!
Then you don't know any sane or bright people, because I know plenty of sane and bright people who voted for Obama. Maybe you just hang out with Republican Tea Party people in which case you certainly don't know any sane or bright people.
SHORTLY AFTER the 1972 election, film critic Pauline Kael was widely ridiculed for saying, "I don't know how Richard Nixon could have won. I don't know anybody who voted for him." (Full article: 692 words) http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/20... What goes around comes around..........
Wishful thinking by a racist Republican. Remember they tried to stop blacks from voting in about a dozen states but the voter ID laws were struck down or modified by the courts and actually increased black participation because it drove black votes to the polls and may very well have been a factor in winning the states of Ohio and Virginia.
@Politicskid Are you kidding or ignorant of what has been going on the last year. Courts, some with Republican judges, postponed or threw out laws in Penn. Ohio, Texas and other states finding they would infringe the right to vote. Before the courts suspended engorcement till after this election a Republican in the state legislature even boosted the voter I'd law they passed would insure Obama would win in Penn.
@Starsplash Intimidation? Really? Why do you think blacks are so vulnerable, they see a billboard and suddenly they feel like they'll be attacked if they don't vote GOP?
We're pushing for voter ID laws so illegals can't vote, dead people can't vote, and citizens only vote once. The only people they will disenfranchise are those who shouldn't be voting in the first place.
http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/23000... . Here is the State of Maine demographics per the US Census. My bad math comes up to 17,266 black people in that state. In a state with an overall population of 1,328,188 it's feasible he doesn't know any black people. Ok...he's of it but this story is funny. Unfortunately, its not because the GOP has to stop being hung up on race. Not that the Democrats help much since they are always quick to point out alleged racism. I guarantee if Obama had lost it would be because of white racists who voted, other that his policies sucking. How ironic Obama won BECAUSE of his sucky policies.
Then again they may just all have wised up about the Republicans. Don't worry. With enough time and more statements like this I am sure in future elections no votes for the republican candidate will be much more common.
You know statements like this one is why I left the Republican party and became a Libertarian. Not because I agree with most the Libertarians but because they aren't stupid enough to have a national organization that makes these kind of comments, the rape comments, the just outright stupidity of the GOP today. They should rename their party the KKK.