Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster wants everyone to know that he isn’t a racist. It’s just that he noticed a lot of black people in rural Maine that shouldn’t be there.
“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 (these) towns knows anyone who’s black. How did that happen? I don’t know. We’re going to find out,” said Webster.
“I’m not talking about 15 or 20. I’m talking hundreds. I’m not politically correct and maybe I shouldn’t have said these voters were black, but anyone who suggests I have a bias toward any race or group, frankly, that’s sleazy.”
Sleazy? Yep, there’s something sleazy here all right, but it’s not what Webster is thinking.
Maine is one of the whitest states in the country. It only has an African-American population of about 1%, but that has been slowly growing. One reason is that a lot of Somali immigrants have been arriving in the state. More than likely, the real problem here is as Webster said it: “Nobody in (these) towns knows anyone who is black.”
That is the problem. Maybe some of the states with a heavier African-American population can develop a sister-state relationship with Maine. All those poor, white Maine folks who don’t know any black people can have a chance to meet some real African-Americans. Then next election they won’t be so shocked to see all the black people running around the Maine woods where only white people are supposed to be.
And to think that there are people in the Republican Party who are trying to figure out how they lost the presidency. Let’s introduce Mr. Webster to them.
There are over 15,000 African-Americans in Maine. Surely, some of them live in the rural areas. When it comes time to vote, they, just like the rest of Maine’s residents congregate at polling places. There are probably even hundreds of them in rural Maine. Instead of an occasional encounter, Election Day lets people like Webster see more than just a solitary black voter.
For those poor White Maine residents who don’t know anyone who’s black, spotting a few African-Americans probably does look like hundreds.
So where’s Webster proof of this massive influx of black voters that must have been shipped in from New York, Boston or some other city with a heavy minority population? Webster didn’t have any proof, but he’s working on it and noted that “five pockets” had these abnormalities of strange black people running around that the poll workers did not know.
Webster doesn’t realize that he answered his own questions already. The poll workers didn’t know the African-American voters because there are not many of them. They don’t socialize with them and don’t know any black people anyway.
There are still a few straggling votes to be counted, but Barack Obama lead Maine 397,000 to Mitt Romney’s 290,000. Does Webster really believe that transporting a few hundred African-Americans from out of state was going to change the election?
Does Webster even realize how ludicrous this idea is? These “fraudulent” voters would have had to be registered either by someone in Maine or by visiting the state earlier in the year. Then they would have had to take buses or some transportation to rural Maine, keep their fake names and addresses straight and vote. Then they would have to be shipped back out of state.
On top of that, the Secretary of State’s office said that no one reported any irregularities as Webster is claiming. On the contrary, the Secretary of State’s office said they were “shocked” by Webster’s allegations.
The first thing the Republican Party needs to do to get itself back into the shape to compete in a national election, is clean out its leadership of people like Webster. He’s living in the 1960s or the 1920s or the 1860s, wherever it is, it isn’t 2012.