Maddow: The Southern Strategy Is Not Dead

Rachel Maddow

Rachel Maddow

The Republican party’s “southern strategy” began after the parties flipped over civil rights legislation in the 1960s. The modern GOP wants you to think that the southern strategy is a throwback to decades past – they don’t do that any more.

Oh but they do do that, it’s just now no longer limited to the south. The GOP’s got white people freaked about more than just black people. White folks need to be worried about Mexicans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians and Brazilians. And if you run out of brown people to hate, don’t forget about the gays – all good Republicans hate queers too.

Will the southern strategy remain effective in a 21st “new media” century? Can the GOP compete in national politics by alienating anyone who isn’t white? Well, on November 2nd, we shall see.

Check out this Rachel Maddow clip from last night about how the GOP is pandering for the racist white votes while seeking to suppress minority turnout at the polls.

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