The GOP's Latest Southern Strategy Transports Us to the 19th Century
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I haven’t found a gender-based smoking gun like this one. But I believe that the GOP presidential candidates have updated their Southern strategy to include dog whistles over women’s basic rights.
Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, et. al. won’t come out and say, “Eff bitches, get money.” They’ll just throw darts at so-called Obamacare, and trip over each other to prove how conservative they are on the backs of poor, uninsured and underemployed women who rely on low-cost reproductive healthcare, including birth control. As I always say, women of color are going to pay the steepest price for this new-old strategy. And that, ultimately, is the point, isn’t it?
Extra: Read Zerlina Maxwell’s take on the new Southern strategy here. (She thinks the key pressure points are gender and Obama’s faith.)
Akiba Solomon writes Colorlines' Gender Matters blog and is an NABJ-Award winning writer, freelance journalist, editor and essayist from West Philadelphia.