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    Poor and working people voted for the Democrats from FDR until Nixon and then Reagan.  The Civil Rights Acts and "law and order" started driving them away from the Dems in the late'60s and early '70s.  Reagan clinched the exodus with economic (welfare queen) race-baiting.  It was fading at the end of Reagan because of downward mobility. but Bush I kept it going with crime race and liberal baiting (Willie Horton).

    I would say that some poor Republicans vote for overt racist reasons, but also because of the incorrect perception of their economic interest -- the belief that the poor, esp. of color, are robbing their taxes.

    The Tea Party, though motivated in large part by racism, "broadened" the resentment factor for middle class whites to include not just poor blacks, but also struggling whites (e.g., the Santelli rant)

    But generally the evil genius of the Reagan Republicans was to convince white that blacks are stealing their taxes while the real theft is going way upward.

    Steve Gilliard Lives.

    by Bethesda 1971 on Thu Jul 17, 2014 at 08:06:47 PM PDT

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