Tip of the iceberg

· long story short

I’ve been wondering when the Lott flap would lead to a more comprehensive investigation of how the old Dixiecrat movement became the Goldwater/Nixon “southern strategy.” To quote Lyndon Johnson when he signed the 1964 Voting Rights Act, “I think we’ve just delivered the south to the Republicans for a long time to come.” The Republicans have been willing to accept the votes and support of white racists in the south and have thus far had to accept very few consequences for this deal with the devil and betrayal of the bedrock principles of the party of Lincoln. As George III tries to reach out to minorities and embiggen the tent, perhaps finally the chickens are coming home to roost. Robert Scheer has one take on all of this.