When will Cao turn blue?

“House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio touted new GOP Congressman Joseph Anh Cao as a symbol of the party’s future in a memo Sunday night.  In a release titled “The Future is Cao,” Boehner wrote that “the Cao victory is a symbol of what can be achieved when we think big, present a positive alternative and win the trust of the American people,” according to Politico.com.

That is rather funny, given that Cao was recently an independent and the only issue he seems to care about is helping the poor (in addition to opposing abortion).  He doesn’t sound like much of a Republican to me.  But the GOP desperately needs him!

Here are a few more excerpts from Politico.com:

Without Cao, the GOP is all but bereft of minority faces in Congress.

The 41-year-old immigration attorney and community activist, the first Vietnamese-American ever elected to Congress, will be the only Asian-American Republican in the 111th Congress and the only non-Hispanic minority in the House GOP.

Cao joins three Cuban-Americans — Florida Reps. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen — as the only GOP House members who are minorities. The only Hispanic Republican in the Senate, Mel Martinez of Florida, recently announced he will not seek a second term in 2010.

Honestly.  Does anyone really expect Cao to stay in the Republican Party?  If he does not switch sides the Democrats will take him out in two years as he is in a district that is majority African American and it is very blue.  It is a matter of time before Cao switches to the Democratic Party.  That is unless he wants to be a one-term Congressman.

Will the GOP ever figure out that it needs more minority candidates, like Cao and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal?  And maybe a few Latinos too?  I doubt it.  The Republican leadership appears to have its heart set on becoming an extinct party…


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