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If we all want to know how the Republican Party got to the place they are in right now...Here is the great Republican strategist Lee Atwater on the way forward in 1981.

The Nation has posted this1981 audio  of the late Lee Atwater discussing Republican messaging.Click here The infamous Southern Strategy...

The takeway quote:

"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, uh, forced busing, states' rights, and all that stuff, and you're getting so abstract. Now, you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites... 'We want to cut this,' is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than 'Nigger, nigger.'"
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  •  Plus the feedback loop. (1+ / 0-)
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    You know what happens when you get the microphone too close to the speakers. The right wing took over the media, then broadcast lies, then believed them. Repeat plus more.  The sound you hear is the Republican meltdown meltdown.

    "I wonder why Congress again in a new poll out today--11% approval rating. (It's) because they don't work for us. They work for the sons-of-bitches who pay them." Cenk Uygur

    by Dave in Columbus on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:12:27 AM PDT

  •  The 1946 Congressional election (1+ / 0-)
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    William Buckley, God and Man at Yale, 1951
    Goldwater 1964
    Strom Thurmond changes parties 1965
    William Buckley, Firing Line mainstreamed on PBS from beginning
    Ronald Reagan elected Governor of California, 1966
    Nixon's the One 1968 with its Southern Strategy
    Louise Day Hicks and Boston's Southie
    Kevin Phillips, The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics
    Roe v. Wade
    Catholic Ethnics start pro-life movement
    1978 Conservative coup in Southern Baptist Convention
    1979 Moral Majority fuses segregationist Baptists, Pentecostals, and Fundamentalists with pro-life, pro-voucher Roman Catholics to elect Reagan
    1980 Mainstreaming of the Family Research Council, American Family Association and Heritage Foundation on NPR and PBS

    One little step after another in the direction of the crazy long before 1981.

    50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

    by TarheelDem on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 09:13:53 AM PDT

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