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Southern Strategy

Exposed: Chris Matthews, Reince Priebus and Phony Balance on Morning Joe

Spencer Critchley | Posted 10.28.2012 | Media
Spencer Critchley

Matthews passionately and cogently laid it out for Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus. Priebus, of course, professed utter shock. And -- just as predictably -- so did co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. They looked like guests at a society tea that's just been crashed by a loud drunk.

Romney's Southern Strategy Gambit

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.15.2012 | Politics
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Ryan will not only fatten the percentage of conservative voters for Romney, it will fatten their numbers as well. This is not speculation. He's already bumped up the Romney percentage in some polls by a notch. Romney had badly slipped in those polls before the Ryan pick.

Obama vs. Romney: "The Choice"

Harold A. McDougall | Posted 09.28.2012 | Politics
Harold A. McDougall

That's about the same tone as the Obama ad. Way to go, I thought. So why isn't this what we generally get from these candidates, and from their respective parties?

Black-on-White Crime and the Reasons for a Media Double-Standard

Bob Cesca | Posted 07.16.2012 | Media
Bob Cesca

Yes, there's a double-standard. And until there's full equality and the long slow process of racial healing is completed, the double-standard has to remain.

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks About The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 2)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 07.09.2012 | Black Voices
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Profiles in Political Courage

David Morris | Posted 07.07.2012 | Politics
David Morris

In 2009 Obama put country above party.  Bringing health security to over 30 million Americans and laying the foundation for a major restructuring of our health system were sufficient rewards for him to accept the political risks.

Author and Legal Scholar, Michelle Alexander, Talks about the War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration (Part 1)

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.04.2012 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Author and legal scholar, Michelle Alexander, has written a powerful and highly acclaimed, well-researched book titled, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."

Will National Democrats Dump the White Working Class (and 'Southern Democracy')?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy -- recently purged of moderate-to-conservative leaders, facing the rumored forfeiture of white working class voters, and banking on college-educated professionals and poor minorities -- cannot continue as a competitive force.

How Serious Is the Current Plight of "Southern Democracy"?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Fundamentally, we are looking at a transformed Southern political system dominated by the Republican Party, particularly in the deep South. Southern Democrats would be well-served to do some sober thinking about their predicament in a still-reddening political environment.

How the GOP Lost Its Mind: Rule and Ruin

Chris Ladd | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Chris Ladd

An organization that always turns right can only move in circles, or more accurately, in an ever tightening spiral. Rule and Ruin aims to explain how the GOP came to be drawn into its accelerating tornado of extremism.

Behind Michele Bachmann's Twisted History: The Fear of Complexity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Driving the right wing's flight into irrationality is the fear of complexity. In place of it, the right wants to substitute radically simplified fictions, whether about history, or about climate change, homosexuality or the debt ceiling.

GOP Overreach: The Mess That Greed and Ignorance Made

David A. Love | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Republican overreach is in the air. You can see it, smell it, taste it everywhere, as you have in years past. And the only surprise is that is that it happened so quickly this time around.

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

Beneath the Rubble: Some Warnings for Republicans

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

To quote the President, and to understate it greatly, I feel bad about what happened Tuesday. Yet official exit polls reveal a few warnings for Repub...

Republican Pickpockets

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

The target may differ, but the Republican tactic is always the same: demonize a group of human beings based on what sets them apart -- skin color, religion, sexual orientation -- and make them objects of derision.

The Draft to End All Drafts

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

If the draft was reinstated, the U.S. would have a harder time fighting unpopular wars like the one currently being waged in Antarctica.

Election 2010: The Republican 6 Point Plan for Regaining Power

Erich Origen and Gan Golan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erich Origen and Gan Golan

We have intercepted an interoffice memo between RNC and the Hall of Just Us. It reveals the Republicans' Six-Point Plan for Regaining Power!

The Summer of Republican Race-Baiting

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

What else do we call the deliberate inciting of racial bigotry and resentment for the sake of attaining power? It's race-baiting and it's a major component of the Republican strategic arsenal.

Reinventing Repower America: Our Only Hope for Winning the Climate Change Battle in America

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven G. Brant

If Repower America transforms into a future-based movement, we will be tapping into that core American belief in doing whatever it takes for however long it takes to build a more hopeful future for ourselves and our children.

Dysfunctional Politics Begets Suicidal Policies

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

When presented with viable options to fix our problems, there is this tendency for America to take the road to ruin. why does America allow dysfunctional politics to result in horrible, even suicidal policies?

Southern Strategist Sarah Palin Denies the Southern Strategy

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Sarah Palin is and was a Southern Strategist. So it's with considerable hilarity that I read her latest Facebook remarks in which she insisted there isn't a racial component to the various tea party groups.

Tea Partiers Battle Racism Claims -- Far Too Late

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

Denying the long-standing link between white tribalism and conservatism may be "politically correct" within the DC bubble where press and politicians mingle, but denial is the opposite of truth.

Exposing Glenn Beck as a Dangerous Fraud, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

Beck owes it to his audience to "step out of character" and admit, on his show, that he's staging an elaborate hoax. His hero Orson Welles did it, and so can he.

Texas Tough: Nightmares of My Grandfather

Robert Perkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Perkinson

My grandfather, Henry Fly, lived from the Age of Lynching to the Age of Obama.

The Tea Party Is All About Race, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Republicans will readily admit that trying to win over black voters has been a lost cause since LBJ, so why not exploit that loss by playing to white racial bias and thus locking down larger chunks of the white vote?