David Roberts+ Your Authors @drvox Seattleite transplanted from Tennessee; now blogging for vox.com/ about energy politics. Climate hawk, deficit dove. Not a doctor. Mar. 10, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

How dare she suggest something that is settled historical fact?!

The GOP Southern Strategy -- to deliberately exacerbate racial tensions in order to herd white people to the right -- is not some lefty accusation or conspiracy theory. The right said they were gonna do it, out loud! And then they did it! And then celebrated it!

The right has kept plutocratic, unpopular economic policies on top of the agenda by exploiting racism. That's the basic play. It has proven extraordinarily successful for them. But they really can't ask the rest of us to pretend it's not happening.

One of the best explanations of the right's racial-division strategy comes from one of its great practitioners, conservative strategist Lee Atwater. Give it a listen.  https://www.thenation.com/article/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy/ 


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