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  •  That Stuart Taylor piece in the NatJourn (5+ / 0-)

    really isn't all that good.  More than anything else, it's a pretty weak attempt to salvage something for the rightwing from the disaster awaiting them on Nov. 4.  For example, Taylor writes this:

    The ugliest race-tinged comment by any prominent leader during this campaign came not from a Republican but from Rep. John Lewis... likening [McCain and Palin] to George Wallace

    Lewis's George Wallace comments, however, have been taken seriously out of context, as demonstrated Friday by Russ Rymer in a historically-grounded op-ed in the NYT.  Look at how Rymer describes Wallace, for example:

    to describe George Wallace as a simple racist is to give his biography short shrift. As a circuit court judge in the 1950s, Wallace was respectful toward blacks, and as a legislator from 1947 to 1953, he was a moderate. In 1948, when Strom Thurmond led the Southern delegations out of the Democratic convention to protest the party’s pioneer civil rights plank, Wallace stayed in his seat. Though no fan of the plank, he was yet more Democrat than demagogue, and was instrumental in rallying the other Southern alternate delegates to save the convention’s quorum, and pass its platform.

    He might have carried a tolerant message into the Alabama governor’s mansion in 1958, but he lost the race after spurning the support of the Ku Klux Klan (which then backed his primary opponent, John Patterson) and being endorsed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Sadly for Wallace’s state, his region, his nation and himself, he did not respond as John Lewis did after his defeat by Carmichael. Mr. Lewis, whenever confronted with calls to divisiveness, chose to redouble his commitment to reason and tolerance. After his loss to Mr. Patterson, Wallace is said to have turned to an aide and declared, "I was out-niggered ... and I’ll never be out-niggered again."

    Race continues to play a major role in shaping how we see each other, even if it is not determinative in how people select which candidate to vote for.  Sean Quinn at keeps running anecdotes of white folks who claim to canvassers that they will be voting for the n***er (see here and here).

    I guess the point is that race in America is a complicated issue, and it never works in the ways that lazy political analysts expect it to...

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