Ron Rosenbaum, writing in Slate, asks Is the Republican Party racist?. A good question, but I can’t imagine anyone not already knowing the answer to that.
It goes on pretty much unmentioned by anyone, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. And it shows no sign of changing. Lots of people thought the 2008 election showed we had finally gotten beyond our racist past, but that was not the case at all.
The final presidential tally in 2008 gave ample warning of the potency of the GOP’s conservative white constituency. Obama made a major breakthrough by winning a significant percent of votes from white independents and young white voters. Among Southern and Heartland America white male voters, Obama made almost no impact.
If Obama wins in November, it will be those same voters who will be responsible. Should they change their minds, the racist voting block the GOP controls will overwhelm the electoral votes. It’s just that simple.
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