Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Southern discomfort

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Indecision 2012 - Southern Discomfort
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South Carolina Republicans cheer the idea of war against America's federal government, but boo the Golden Rule. That tells us all we really need to know about the Republican base, don't you think?

Abraham Lincoln must be turning over in his grave. But, of course, these people are the old-time Dixiecrats, white southern bigots who abandoned the Democratic Party when it stood up for civil rights in the 1960s.

The Republican "Southern strategy" to deliberately woo white racists gave them the South, which used to be solidly Democratic and is now solidly Republican. But you reap what you sow. Politically, the Southern strategy was wildly successful. But now, the crazies are the Republican base.

[Please keep in mind that, just because Ron Paul is right about his Golden Rule comment, that doesn't mean he's not completely crazy himself. I've blogged about that before (here, here, and here). If that still hasn't convinced you, here's Mother Jones on why crackpots don't make good messengers.]

Anyway, at the end of this clip, Newt Gingrich doesn't understand why his comments were insulting, especially, but not exclusively (I was certainly offended by them), to African Americans. And surprise, surprise, that overwhelmingly-white Southern audience didn't understand it, either.

But note that a few people even in that audience did appear to understand it (before they were drowned out by the roar of applause at Gingrich's reply). That's progress, I guess.

Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich is going to teach black people how to get a job - cleaning toilets, no doubt. Oh, no, Gingrich wants to teach black children how to clean toilets. He actually wants to fire the adults who've managed to get that job. (Do I really have to tell you how stupid that is?)

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