The flipside to voting against
a politician because he's black is voting for
him precisely for the same reason. MSNBC pundit Chris Matthews confessed to such an inverted race-conscious strategy on last Wednesday's "Hardball," reports The Washington Times
Matthews claimed to have voted for black Republican Michael Steele in his 2006 bid for the Senate because to have no
African-Americans in the Senate is a "disgrace." Discussing the prospects for New Jersey politico Corey Booker's gaining
a seat in the Senate, Matthews wished him luck and explained his reason for doing so.
"The good thing going for Cory Booker, if he's the candidate, Steve, is that we don't have any African-Americans in the United States Senate, which I think is a disgrace," said
Matthews. "It's one of the reasons I voted for my friend Michael Steele when he ran because I think we ought to have some; it's absurd in this country, it's absurd."
See a portion of Matthews dialogue with fellow MSNBC host Steve Kornacki below:
Via The Washington Times and Real Clear Politics