Joe Biden can’t open his mouth to praise someone without a segregationist blast from the past coming out. Segregationaists, apparently, were the only people he knew.
And the flak he’s getting on it is entertaining, but it’s kind of a diversion. As the old geezer praises ‘civility’ and other virtues of the men of his party, the hair-raising specter is rising: Segregationists were pretty much the heart and soul of the Democratic Party. It wasn’t a fringe or regional group. It wasn’t a few outliers. It was the main thrust of the Democratic Party and recently enough that Biden knew its proponents.
Republicans have known this for a long time – just the history of the civil rights movement, with the Bull Connor Democrats who tried to stop it every step of the way, often violently, pretty well shows how intensely the Democratic Party was the party of racism. It certainly explains why people such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Condoleezza Rice, were lifelong Republicans. I know Black leaders in South Central Los Angeles who come out of this same tradition – and remain Republicans – even though they probably vote Democrat. Biden’s inability to open his mouth without citing these heart-and-soul-of-the-Democratic Party segregationists shows just how extensive the problem really was.
And Biden, unwittingly, stands as a proxy for the history of the Democrats just by being himself…..
Start with the most recent gaffe: Biden’s praise for Fritz Hollings. MORE HERE