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  •  It Was the Basis of the Southern Strategy (10+ / 0-)

    pioneered not by Reagan or Nixon but by Goldwater in 64.

    It goes back that far.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 07:43:56 AM PST

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    •  Specifically, it goes back to Goldwater (1+ / 0-)
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      hiring Harry Dent, Sr., who was previously Strom Thurmond's political strategist. Lee Atwater, Reagan's strategist, credited Dent with inventing the Southern Strategy, and working out how to Dog Whistle it so that the South knew what the appeal was, but the North could overlook it.

      Rockefeller Republican and sports hero Jackie Robinson wasn't fooled, and publicly called Goldwater out on it. Goldwater got clobbered, though not primarily for that reason, and Dent went on to work for Nixon.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Tue Jan 14, 2014 at 09:45:26 AM PST

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      •  At least Goldwater repented later. (1+ / 0-)
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        And I do not believe he really had conservative principles for "racist" reasons; they were just his principles and he felt that the Constitution did not countenance solving civil rights problems, even those he considered real problems, by federal legislation.  The fact that many others did NOT want those problems solved, and so repeated his basic principles as an EXCUSE not to solve them, was for him simply a "happy coincidence" that he hoped would put him in the White House.  Years later, when he saw the monster he had helped create, he condemned the newer crop of "conservatives" (in the 1990's) as only crooks with no scruples at all.  And he said that he was happy the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act eventually led to what he had hoped would happen without them, the full participation in American life of non-poor black people.

        I wouldn't give him a complete pass, but compared to the 1990s crowd, he looked like an angel.  And compared to the Ted Cruz crowd today, THEY look like angels.

        Full disclosure: as a high school junior in 1964, way too young to vote, I toyed with the conservative ideology, but in college I learned about its flip side.  My first vote for President was in 1972 against Nixon (I was only 20 when he ran the first time, and the voting age was still 21 ... until the next year!).

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