"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?