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The Year of the Black Republican?

The Washington Post has a big front-page story today, titled: "The Year of the Black Republican?" It begins:

COLUMBUS, Ohio — When J. Kenneth Blackwell took the stage here on May 2 to claim the Republican nomination for governor, he became something more than his party’s standard-bearer in a bellwether state.

"We’ve gone from a model of outreach to a model of inclusion,’ (RNC Chairman Ken) Mehlman said. ‘Outreach is a top-down approach. Inclusion says, ‘Let’s find some really good people and encourage them to run for office."

… Several months ago, I wrote an article rating Blackwell and the other Black GOP candidates. Today, my rating looks even more accurate than ever. Let’s see if my predictions continue to hold up.

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Mr. Lewis has managed political campaigns and served as director of grassroots for the Leadership Institute, as well as political director for GOPAC. In 2002, Campaigns & Elections magazine selected him as a "Rising Star of Politics." He is the author of "Teaching Elephants to Talk." His blog can be read at MattLewis.org.

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