Posted by: mulrickillion | January 17, 2012

Newt Gingrich and the Art of Racial Politics

1-17-2012 10-36-05 AM

By Charles M. Blow, Jan 17, 2012 —

. . . . This is a classic, right-wing, race-based argument in a new suit. . . .

These exchanges, and the audience’s response to them, underscore how Republicans’ gut reactions and their official rhetoric diverge, particularly in the south.

They also underscore the fact that a clever politician like Gingrich, who understands this cleavage and knows how to exploit it in subtle and sophisticated ways, still has a chance to cause Mitt Romney some headaches on his presumptive march to the nomination.

Gingrich seems to understand the historical weight of the view among some southern whites, many of whom have migrated to the Republican party, that blacks are lazy and addicted to handouts. He is able to give voice to those feelings without using those words. He is able to make people believe that a fundamentally flawed and prejudicial argument that demeans minorities is actually for their uplift. It is Gingrich’s gift: He is able to make ill will sound like good will.”

Newt Gingrich and the Art of Racial Politics – NYTimes.com

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