Frank Rich on Race and the GOP

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New York writer-at-large Frank Rich discusses the Republican strategy to convince mainstream America that it is still the party of Lincoln, even as it fails to win over black voters. In his article “White Wash,” in the May 13 issue of New York magazine, he looks at how the GOP is attempting to remake its image by spinning its racial history.


Frank Rich

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Let's not forget that the Blue Dog Dems/Republicans' fight against civil rights was accompanied by the fight against the science of the harms of tobacco, and against any kind of tobacco control.

Arguably, far more lives were lost as a result of this recalcitrance than as a result of their indecency on civil rights. (400,000 people a year lost to tobacco-related diseases; 3,000 kids a day try their first cigarette.)

Both battles have long-lasting effects, even to this day.

And both battles continue, of course, even to this day.

May. 08 2013 01:09 PM

"By the 1980s, with Ronald Reagan as president and the growing involvement of the religious right in conservative politics, Goldwater's libertarian views on personal issues were revealed; he believed that they were an integral part of true conservatism. Goldwater viewed abortion as a matter of personal choice, not intended for government intervention" - wikipedia

May. 08 2013 12:44 PM

The GOP would like to re-cast themselves not as the party of 'rich white guys' but the party of 'rich guys - All Races Welcome!'.

The GOP is a sham party that clearly puts the interest of their party above the interest of the nation. Their economic history over the last 50 years is shameful....The US GDP has grown at 6-7% per annum while wages only matched inflation, 3-5%. Many think that the Democrats are no different...just not me.

May. 08 2013 12:37 PM

have you heard of the US Whig Party. The GOP will join them soon.

May. 08 2013 12:37 PM
Steve from New York

Mr. Rich is totally wrong when he says that all Southern Democrats held the same conservative views on all issues as Strom Thurmond did when he was a Democrat.
They were all conservative on civil rights because they had to be to be elected but on other issues many were quite liberal. J. William Fulbright fathered the Fulbright scholarship program and led the investigation into the Vietnam War. Lister Hill fathered the Hill-Burton Act that resulted in the building of many needed new hospitals. I can cite other examples.

Strom Thurmond never sponsored a thing piece of progressive legislation or for that matter did anything in all his years in the Senate.

May. 08 2013 12:36 PM
Michael from Washington Heights

Does Mr. Rich have any comments on the flying of the Confederate Battle flag on the South Carolina capital building, as it was raised in the early 1960s in response to a Supreme Court decision on the integration of the SC state parks?

May. 08 2013 12:34 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

William Buckley, like many conservative intellectuals - simply dismissed black poverty and by extension, blacks themselves, as an anathema to American capitalism or responsible public policy.

I remember him saying on his show once that "infant mortality rates in the US are comparable to [Social Democratic] Europe, if one were to exclude America's black population"

The GOP did the same with women, gays ,and immigrants and paid for it last fall.

May. 08 2013 12:33 PM

I'd be interested to know the non-white percentage in the recent election in southCarolina...

May. 08 2013 12:33 PM
Alexis McCrossen from Dallas, Texas

The recent WSJ review of Amy Greenberg's A WICKED WAR, which is a history of the Mexican-American War that suggests it was an unjust war and that James Polk was a terrible President, was also a hack job.

May. 08 2013 12:32 PM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I wish you'd stop using the term "blue dog." It is an insult to dogs everywhere.

May. 08 2013 12:31 PM
The Truth from Becky

...and the Black Community doesn't need to be "won over", not sheep!

May. 08 2013 12:21 PM
The Truth from Becky

I don't think most care if the Black Community is "won over" or NOT! My opinion, I think they like it like this, just like church on Sunday.

May. 08 2013 12:20 PM

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