The Michael Steele gaffe tour continues, as he publicly admits that the RNC has been lying for four decades about having a “southern strategy” that focused on winning whites in the south and benefiting from racial divisions. In a speech at Depaul he said:
“For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that alienated many minority voters by focusing on the white male vote in the South. Well, guess what happened in 1992, folks, ‘Bubba’ went back home to the Democratic Party and voted for Bill Clinton.”
Here’s a clip from Rachel Maddow talking about this:
For the record: No, I’m not claiming that all conservatives or all Republicans are racists. I’m not even claiming that most of them are racists. I don’t believe that they are. But there is little doubt in my mind that the party power structure has, since the Dixiecrats left the Democratic Party for the Republican Party, had a very conscious strategy of appealing to more racist voters with dog whistle rhetoric.