Southern strategy remix

News & Politics

In the acceptable discourse of weekly magazines and daily papers the GOP plan to stanch the flow of political blood drawn in the wake of Katrina is to spend, to not look back, to cut taxes and to throw bones to cultural conservatives w/r/t stem cell research and gay-baiting. I.e. business as usual.

But Digby notices a (barely) below-the-radar strategy being deployed. A return to the famous "southern strategy" of exploiting racist tendencies through the use of code words. Digby writes:


"On This Week, George Will basically said that the problem in New Orleans is that blacks f**k too much. Or rather, the problem of the 'underclass' can be traced to so many 'out of wedlock births.' I think it's pretty clear he wasn't suggesting that abortions be made available to poor women."
...
"There are strong forces at work that rival economics in people's minds --- tribalism, religion, culture, and tradition all have strong pulls on the human psyche. We are complicated creatures. And the complicated creatures who call ourselves Americans have an issue with race. It's been there from the beginning of this republic and it affects our political system in profound ways."
"In the modern era, the Republicans party has developed a patented technique for exploiting it. It's been in disuse for the last few years --- war superseded their need for it. But, they only have to pull it out of the package, wipe off the filth from the last time they used it and put it back in action."
A long analysis... definitely worth the read. (Hullabaloo)

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