Thursday, January 1, 2009

Racial Retrogression

The recent indulgement by Republicans in race-baiting ('Barack the Magic Negro') is castigated here:

Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, warned his party against using “racist descriptions” and said that the parody should “disqualify any Republican National Committee candidate who would use it.”

Mr. Saltsman, who was Mike Huckabee’s campaign manager during the primaries, could still be vaulted into the chairman’s seat by hard-core committee members who resent the explosion of criticism and have learned nothing from the last election.

Maybe they like the hole their party is standing in and want to dig it even deeper. That’s their right, but it does the country no good.

This is all so weird, because if there was one thing that George W. Bush did right, was to clearly advance race relations through major appointments for African Americans like Colin Powell and Condoleeza Rice.

To me this shows the insularity of the current Republican Party, their self-imposed march to the fringes of modern American society. It is all so very sad and pathetic.

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