(continued from the previous post)
Once again, I am of the opinion that the GOP's tactics need close scrutiny, and I'm not really inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I think Clinton went too far if he was equating support of the GOP in the South entirely with racism. I think there's evidence to suggest that there's a, shall we say, less progressive element in the Republican Party, that most principled conservatives do not condone such views, and that therefore such anti-American sentiments need to get the old heave-ho. In any case, it's clear that, fairly or not, the GOP has a major perception problem here, one that, to me, is exacerbated by the unfathomable defense of Lott by some of his GOP Senate colleagues. Again, this is a golden opportunity for conservatives who believe in equality to clean house.
I'll say for the zillionth time that I do not think many principled conservatives--Southerners and otherwise--condone these tactics. What I'm saying is that it's time for these folks to, first of all, acknowledge them, and then repudiate them once and for all in deeds, not just words.