jmm on the gop
Joshua Marshall has a brand-new column with the Washington weekly The Hill, and kicks things off by examining whether the GOP has discarded the reliance on certain, ah, less progressive elements that is embraced with its odious Southern Strategy. Marshall finds that the GOP is the party of tolerance...for illiberal beliefs:
Critics on the left often wrongly claim that the Republican Party is some hotbed of crypto-racism, when, in fact, most Republicans are nothing of the sort. Many want to build a racially inclusive party. The problem is that too many Republican officeholders still believe it’s important to keep the GOP a congenial home for all manner of unreconstructed yahoos and even downright racists.
It’s about nothing so wishy-washy as “sensitivity.” They’re just too tolerant of intolerance. The truth hurts. But that’s what it is. Republicans can’t be the party of black opportunity and anti-black resentment no matter how hard they try.