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  •  Chris Hayes spoke eloquently on this yesterday (15+ / 0-)

    On his show UP. Well worth watching.

    He made the point that the Republicans are being ill-served by Fox, Limbaugh and the rest of the right-wing media. By pandering to white resentment, they are insuring the electoral decline of the party.

    Money quote: "The beating heart of modern conservatism is its visceral appeal to anxieties and fears of white Christians."

    And: "the Republican Party's problems are deeper than, say, opposition to comprehensive immigration reform, or even the far less controversial DREAM Act. That policy opposition is a symptom of the problem, not the cause. The deeper issue is that for conservative politicians, and conservative networks, and conservative websites, there is simply too much to be gained by feeding the sense of persecution and siege that many white Christians feel down to their toes. "

    And: "the only way our politics avoids the increasingly ugly spectacle of a revanchist party attempting desperately to strengthen its appeal to a shrinking pool of white voters, is if the movement's leaders show some genuine leadership and stop cultivating their base's worst instincts."

    Powerful stuff.

    What is valued is practiced. What is not valued is not practiced. -- Plato

    by RobLewis on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 10:45:59 AM PST

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