Yo, all you black and brown people

Just in case you were thinking, "Hey, I'm proud to be a citizen of North Carolina," you can stop that thinking right now. Because even though you may be a descendant of slaves brought here 300 years ago, you're not what Thom Tillis calls part of our "traditional population." Meaning, of course, that you're not white and privileged.

The traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable. It's not growing. The African American population is roughly growing but the Hispanic population and the other immigrant populations are growing in significant numbers. We've got to resonate with those future voters.

This was Tillis back in 2012, before he was a slick politician. Now he doesn't say anything he can be held accountable for, which means he doesn't say anything ... unless it's asking for money.

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Tillis has an interesting approach

to attempting to "resonate with these future voters". Maybe he meant the resonance that could occur after he whacks them really hard.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Actually it sounds to me like

Actually it sounds to me like he is including the African-American population in the traditional category. He is implying that the percent of the native white population isn't increasing and native A-A population is only growing (it is really decreasing) a little bit. Sure Hispanics haven't been living here long enough to be considered "traditional" but isn't Tillis a transplant as well? In fact if we were going to be a snarky about it wouldn't he be considered a Carpetbagger?

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Not the way I read it.

This is the part about the "traditional population." More or less stable.

The traditional population of North Carolina and the United States is more or less stable. It's not growing.

This is the part about the African American population, though it's open to interpretation since English doesn't appear to be Tillis' first language.

The African American population is roughly growing

And this is the part that's delusional, where Tillis believes happy talk is more important than actual policy.

We've got to resonate with those future voters.

Carpetbagger?

Yes.

And a teabagger with a bag of tricks and lots of electoral baggage who has left everyday North Carolinians holding the bag. Sorry to let the cat out the bag, Thom, but maybe it would be best if you just packed your bags.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Maddow

just excoriated Tillis for this on her show, and reminded us also of his infamous "divide and conquer" speech, and noted that Thom is doing all he can to make sure those "non-traditional voters" can't vote.

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"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

People of color and voting

Did you realize that here in NC, if we got just 10% of the people of color who are currently unregistered to register and vote that it could shift the balance of power in Raleigh?