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Is Charlie Rangel in danger of losing in the primary?

June 22, 2014

 I have read a few stories in the last couple of days which state that Charlie Rangel could be in real jeopardy in the New York primary. This Washington Post story states that, in addition to the issue of whether or not Charlie Rangel has been in the Congress too long, changing demographics is the biggest reason Charlie Rangel may be in trouble. 

Through immigration and redistricting, what is now New York’s 13th Congressional District — a seat Rangel has held since 1971 and viewed as the center of New York’s modern black political power structure — has experienced a seismic demographic shift from majority black to majority Hispanic.

  I do not doubt for a moment that changing demographics is playing a role in this race, in fact I find it quite ironic that it is playing a role considering Charlie Rangel’s support for amnesty, but I think it downplays the role that anti-incumbent fever is playing in this race as well.

  We need look no further than Eric Cantor’s loss to see an example of this. But again this angle was downplayed by the Democrats who decided to use this loss as proof the Tea Party extremists have taken over the Republican party rather than this being an anti-incumbent movement. In my opinion this was more anti-incumbentism (I know that isn’t a word but I like it) than it was a case of extremism as the Democrats would have us believe. 

  The Democrats can downplay this angle all they want to but if they do they could be in for a big surprise in November. If they do not learn from Eric Cantor’s loss, and if they ignore the anti-incumbentism which is playing a role in Charlie Rangel’s struggle, they run the risk of facing the same fate as Eric Cantor on a grander scale. And of course I welcome that.

  This is an issue of establishment vs non-establishment, elitist vs non-elitist, and in the end we can only hope that all of the ruling class elitists in Washington learn their lesson the hard way.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. June 22, 2014 9:00 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.


  2. June 23, 2014 1:51 am

    A lesson for Republicans. Pandering for the “latino vote” will get them nowhere.


  3. June 23, 2014 2:50 am

    Reblogged this on Cold Dead Hands Days and commented:
    Who cares who loses and wins A Dem primary….unless it’s a Constitutionist.


  4. zip permalink
    June 23, 2014 1:43 pm

    Well, if he wants to join the number of those who get a ticket into the underground shelters, he’ll have to spiff-up and do his special ‘shuffle dance and song’ to continue to ‘deceive’ voters that ‘he’s for them.’ Or, the Dems will just bus in all the illegals and welfare recipients to the voting booths, after instructing them ‘who’ to vote for. (Coming Soon: photo icons of candidates on voting ballots, for the unlearned, illiterate and high-minded scholars!)


    • June 23, 2014 6:19 pm

      And when you think about where these illegals are being sent–Oklahoma, Texas, and Arizona–it is clear what the intention is. They are looking to shift the demographics to help Democrats win.


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