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The Village is sure that any minute now a surge of Moderation will sweep through the GOP and they will turn away from the racism they have used to win every election they have won since 1968 and adapt to a changing population with a new message that will manage to sign up minorities to their crusade to enrich the Walton family, Chase, and BP.

I think for Republicans they may have a point, but very few left in the modern GOP are Republicans, or at least the party that existed before the Civil Rights Voting Act.  The descendants of the members of that party probably are ready for this adjustment, and in fact, may have been ready for it in the 1960's.  But they are not in charge.

Most of the Republicans in the South, who deliver their votes, used to be Democrats, or, in the case of younger members, their parents who imparted their values to them were.  Racist Democrats who went for George Wallace in 1968 and then heard the dog whistles of Nixon and Reagan and went over to the GOP after the Democrats wouldn't tolerate their racism the way Roosevelt did.

They voted for FDR, Truman, Kennedy, and Johnson because they knew that they could practice segregation untouched in their home states.  But racism was not the dominant value of the Democratic Party.  On the national level, the party was committed to many of the same values we on this site hold today, economic fairness, the rights of the working man, support of Unions.  But those values didn't matter in the long run.  These voters ditched all of that once they knew they weren't welcome as racists in the Democratic coalition anymore.  They picked racism over those values, and went to a party that could stomach their ideas.

And now the David Frums and Steve Schmidtts of the world think that the great values of low taxes, military spending, shrinking the safety net, and gutting regulation are so important to our country that these people will get over their racism so they can win elections for what's really important.

They don't get it.  Racism IS what's important to these voters.  They never cared about the rest of the GOP grab bag of policies any more than they cared about the Democratic ones when they called themselves Democrats.  The point was they belonged to a party that supported their racism.  And they will be just as willing to ditch the small government party as they were willing to ditch the big government party when it conflicted with their real core value: feeling superior to people who look different then they do.

David Brooks may be right that Republicans are ready to get rid of racism, but the people who colored the South bright red on Election Day are not Republicans.  They are the same people who colored it bright blue on Election Day in 1936.  And they voted GOP for the same singular issue for which they voted Democratic in that year.  Hate.  And for these voters, that value is non negotiable.

Anyone evolving from the senseless, infantile, disgusting mindset of racism is always a good thing.   I hope the GOP does move away from their racist history, just as I am glad the Democrats moved away from theirs, but if they do, Davids Brooks and Frum should not be surprised if there are a whole lot less "republicans" making that change with them.

They left one party to hate freely, they are certainly prepared to do it again.

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Thu Nov 06, 2008 at 04:18 PM PST

The Insanity of Conservative Thinking

by John Roy

Having unfortunately heard Phyllis Shlafly's radio address today, I was dumbfounded by how bizarre the thinking process of conservatives is.  But it did give me some insight into why they are losing the battle for the intellectual direction of this country.  Ms. Shlafly offered a clear rationale for a liberal idea and then rejected it on no grounds whatsoever, then offered no conservative substitute and then signed off for the day.  It was like something out of "Through the Looking Glass."

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Whether or not we win this one, and I think we have a very good chance, we will still have an opposition going forward.  It is well documented that the GOP is in disarray.  And it is.  So what will the GOP New Model Army be going forward?  Who is their bench?  What will the shape of the party look like if this one crashes and burns?  What rough beast slouches towards the Heritage Foundation waiting to be born?

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With the general consensus being Palin did okay, didn't melt like the Wicked Witch of the West, and fought Biden to a loss or tie, will the pundits spend the next few days taking seriously the statements Palin made that put her out on a limb from Republican orthodoxy or do you think they will just say, the story was whether she would meltdown and now that it's over, we don't care?  Because there were some pretty big whoppers that came out of her mouth tonight, that, if taken seriously, would give the McCain people something to have to spin pretty wildly.

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Barack could use a good "Sistah Souljah" moment to come out and show the nervous Reagan/Hillary Dems that he's one of them and not the elitist prick the McCain/Palin camp paints him as.  I think a good bet would be to go after Bill Maher for saying that Obama is "lying" about his faith.  Maher did just that, and said the same of McCain.  This, in itself, is pretty insulting, but going after Maher is a totally safe bet for BO and would pay some dividends.

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I don't have all the answers to Obama's campaign strategy, but I know there are some wise minds here at DailyKos who may.  So here are the questions I have at this juncture in the campaign and I would love to hear my fellow bloggers' opinions about where we are in our campaign to win the presidency against John McCain and the Republican Party.  There are three questions I have in particular.  So here goes.

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Sat Sep 06, 2008 at 10:14 AM PDT

Ways to attack McCain

by John Roy

The whole country just saw his weak sauce speech.  He sucked.  Now it's time to kick him in the balls hard and repeatedly.  Here are some lines of attack that will help bruise the old codger good.

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This election seems to be about simple messages.  Well, here's a message every American can understand.  Repeated ad infinitum, it's one that Obama can win on.  And it takes away a valuable Republican weapon and goes directly at their voters.  Here goes:

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As I watch this convention, it has become increasingly bizarre to me that the GOP have offered absolutely nothing in the way of specifics as to what you get if you vote for them.  

What is their plan?  Will McCain provide specifics as Obama did?  Will anyone attempt to empathize with voters' economic concerns?  What are they doing?

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In Thomas Frank's book, "What's the Matter with Kansas?" he describes how the moderate Johnson County Republicans, affluent fiscal conservatives who value education and are moderate on social issues, revolted in their party against the anti-evolutionists on the school board and ultimately, in the state government.  These moderates are exactly the independent voters John McCain needs to win the election.  And we can jam Palin down their throats.

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While I certainly believe the time is now for Obama to attack and define McCain as a confused ancient flip flopping hothead lying fool who loves Bush so much he can't contain himself, I don't think that, even if it sticks, the Obama as arrogant celebrity empty suit is anywhere near as damaging as the Swift Boat charges were to Kerry

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And it wasn't just because Barack gave a great speech, or even because the media seems to be, on the whole, recognizing it as such.  It was because, as pessimistic as I've been this last week about our chances in November after all the Democratic bloodletting, I just realized once again what a spectacularly bad candidate John McCain is.

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