Lodge also makes this very interesting point:
Of course what’s good for the GOP is not necessarily good for America. The Southern Strategy succeeded in electing Republicans, but they didn’t even bother trying to do anything about immigration or quotas. Richard Nixon won by appropriating the language of George Wallace, but went on to increase the Civil Rights department’s budget by 800 percent, institute the Philadelphia Plan for quotas, and a host of other left-wing racial policies. Reagan signed the 1986 amnesty bill. Bush I won with the Willie Horton ad, but went on to extend quotas with the renewed Civil Rights Act. In addition to his constant push for amnesty, Bush II encouraged the Supreme Court to uphold racial preferences in the Gratz and Grutter cases.It seems to me that professional politicians quite often don't know why they are elected or what their elections mean. I remember watching New Gingrich fiercely denouncing the late Robert Novak, at a Washington dinner after the GOP took Congress in 1994, because Novak had reported, entirely accurately as it turned out, that the GOP leadership had decided to do nothing about Affirmative Action.
Gingrich said he couldn't use this supreme wedge issue because it would upset black Republicans (all two of them) and also suburban soccer moms, on whom he intended to build a permanent majority party.
Wonder if he regrets that now—wherever he is.