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Black Voters Killed Mitt Romney's Southern Strategy PDF Print E-mail
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Well it appears that Mitt Romney and his advisors were nothing more than the ghost of Lee Atwater.  Bsed on the most recent article in The Nation, Mitt Romney's campaign ended the same way Lee Atwater did —with the cancer a color aroused hatred (racism) eating away at their souls. I guess Lee Atwater must be twisting and turning in his grave because Southern Blacks, Southern Latinos, Native American, women, gays and other progressive voters destroyed the Lee Atwater adapted/Mitt Romney's Southern Strategy.

In an "Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy" by  Rick PerlsteinSouthern Strategy that Barack Obama was able to destroy.  The article is so powerful that have have re-posted most of it here on this website: Here is what Rick -Perlstein recently wrote:

Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy
By Rick Perlstein

It has become, for liberals and leftists enraged by the way Republicans never suffer the consequences for turning electoral politics into a cesspool, a kind of smoking gun. The late, legendarily brutal campaign consultant Lee Atwater explains how Republicans can win the vote of racists without sounding racist themselves:
  
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.”

Now, the same indefatigable researcher who brought us Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” remarks, James Carter IV, has dug up the entire forty-two-minute interview from which that quote derives. Here, The Nation publishes it in its entirety for the very first time.


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