Finally, an Honest Republican


In public they say that it keeps ineligible voters off the rolls.

Privately, they say that it keeps the poors and blacks off the rolls.

Bout as cynical as it gets.
Well, yeah, of course they can say it in public. Remember, their official position on this issue is that Chicago-backroom-style organizations like ACORN are registering thousands upon thousands of dead, nonexistent, or ineligible names, and somehow all those votes are going to Democrats. The fact that not a word of that is true, and that voter impersonation fraud is statistically nonexistent, doesn't matter.

And remember, carbon dioxide is not a greenhouse gas.
Good flippin' Baal all these 'publican worms look and act like they have a damn bowling pin up the ass. Does this discriminated-angry-whitey thing still play, for real?
A strong segment of the Republican party actively works to undermine our democracy. At what point do we get to charge them with treason?
Lee Atwater
Chairman, Republican National Committee
Advisor to Pres. Ronald Reagan

Interview with Alexander Lamis:

Atwater: As to the whole Southern strategy that Harry S. Dent, Sr. and others put together in 1968, opposition to the Voting Rights Act would have been a central part of keeping the South. Now [the new Southern Strategy of Ronald Reagan] doesn't have to do that. All you have to do to keep the South is for Reagan to run in place on the issues he's campaigned on since 1964 and that's fiscal conservatism, balancing the budget, cut taxes, you know, the whole cluster.

Questioner: But the fact is, isn't it, that Reagan does get to the Wallace voter and to the racist side of the Wallace voter by doing away with legal services, by cutting down on food stamps?

Atwater: You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."
@5: And remember, abstract racism is a-ok!