Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan thinks the Republican path to victory is to paint Democrats as favoring minorities. Despite the most optimistic claims that all is well now, race is a sensitive issue Americans continue to struggle with. The last thing this country needs is a resurgence of the politics of racial bitterness.
For the second straight day, yesterday on the Rachel Maddow Show, Buchanan spewed his venom. He claimed Republicans missed a major opportunity during the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings to make the point that she was an ”affirmative action nominee,” and Democrats back affirmative action policies that hurt whites, especially white males.
Putting aside that the man is an ideological dinosaur likely to be ignored by party leaders, this would be unfortunate trip back in political time. The late conservative guru Lee Atwater himself acknowledged–after the horse had left the barn, of course–both the moral and political failings of seeking to divide and conquer Americans by pitting race against race.[More]