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  •  The whole thing with Atwater (0+ / 0-)

    Is that I don't think he believed half the stuff he spewed. He was an opportunist who first tried to hook up with College Dems but felt he had more opportunities to rise higher in the Republican party. Now whether he was a racist, I don't know, but he knew a vulnerable class of people he needed to further the agenda of the party. He was no ideologue--he was a whore for power. Watch the 2008 documentary. It's eye opening. I'm not making excuses for the man. Just pointing to the fact he was a cynical bastard.

    •  He was a racist (4+ / 0-)
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      Woody, LilithGardener, Chi, susanala

      It doesn't matter what Atwater's motives or intentions were, what matters are his actions.

      Was Ronals Reagan a homophobe? Personally, probably not since he worked with them in Hollywood and in his Administration.

      But his actions in office were homophobic. And that's all that I can judge him by.

      •  Yes. He knew better and did it anyway. (1+ / 0-)
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        mikejay611

        This same argument comes up about George Wallace. He didn't run on a segregationist platform in his first campaign for governor. After being soundly defeated, he allegedly declared: "I'll never be out-segged again."

        These men are not off the hook with me. They were worse, not better, than honest-if-ignorant racists. They knew better and did it anyway.

        Just because you're not a drummer doesn't mean that you don't have to keep time. -- T. Monk

        by susanala on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 03:17:00 AM PST

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