March 21, 2010

Republicans and race, yet again

The Take: Historic win or not, Democrats could pay a price -
"But former Republican House speaker Newt Gingrich said Obama and the Democrats will regret their decision to push for comprehensive reform. Calling the bill 'the most radical social experiment . . . in modern times,' Gingrich said: 'They will have destroyed their party much as Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years' with the enactment of civil rights legislation in the 1960s."

True, Johnson's move pushed the Southern Racists out of the Democratic party toward the Republicans, but surely even Gingrich would admit that those who opposed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts were on the wrong side of history, right?



Cold In Laramie said...

Wow - some people really need to think before saying something. One might read that comment and think that Newt is saying it was a BAD thing that the Democratic Party changed after the 1960s.

Streak said...

Yeah, I think that is correct. I have to think that this has now become the automatic dog whistle of the Republican party--after all it is dominated by the American South--or er, by whites in the American South.