Thursday, October 29, 2015

Why the GOP Crackup Is the Final Unraveling of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’

William Greider essay, from the Nation courtesy of Bill Moyers:

Nevertheless, Republicans face a larger problem. The GOP finds itself trapped in a marriage that has not only gone bad but is coming apart in full public view. After five decades of shrewd strategy, the Republican coalition Richard Nixon put together in 1968 — welcoming the segregationist white South into the Party of Lincoln — is now devouring itself in ugly, spiteful recriminations.

More here.

Because most Republicans are in complete denial about the ramifications of the Southern Strategy, or that there even is such a thing, for that matter, they have absolutely no way of understanding what's happening to their party right now. That means the rage and frustration and gnashing of teeth are probably only going to get worse in the foreseeable future.

Bad things happen when Republicans go on an extended rage bender.