The Southern Strategy, Republican style

In retrospect, you have to admire Lyndon Johnson. “There goes the South for a generation,” he supposedly said after his civil rights legislation was passed. All those reliable (white, male) Southern Democrats? Republicans now.

I promised a loyal reader I’d explain this Oliphant cartoon I posted a few days ago:

Well, Johnson gave us the first half of the explanation. Racism is the key to the Republicans’ base, and Karl Rove, Fox News, and Breitbart/Limbaugh/Beck/O’Reilly know this. They hold the key.

But they’re so dirty, and so clever. If you have a weakness you don’t want someone else to know about, Lee Atwater taught Rove, accuse them of it. And so I give you Andrew Breitbart, in an interview with Politics Daily:

Q: Anything else folks should know about this or about Andrew Breitbart?

A: Believe it or not, one of my primary motives on this planet is to stop this racism, and to stop the Democratic Party’s use of race that divides us intentionally.

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