16 July 2005

It's time for the Republicans to disown Limbaugh


Republican party chairman Ken Mehlman is going to apologize for the party's race-based "Southern Strategy". This has Rush Limbaugh in his usual spittle-flecked frenzy:
He's going to go down there and apologize for it. In the midst of all of this, in the midst of all that's going on, once again, Republicans are going to go bend over and grab the ankles. They're going to the NAALCP. This is like going into Hyannisport and apologizing to [Sen.] Ted Kennedy [D-MA] for whatever and expecting him to become a supporter. It's like showing up at the [Sen.] Chuck Schumer [D-NY]-Joe Wilson press conference in 20 minutes and saying, "Okay, Ambassador Wilson, we apologize. We hope you'll support us. We can't become a majority party until people like you are voting for us." It is just -- it's absolutely absurd.
Of course, Limbaugh can't see this in terms of anything but political advantage. The question of garnering more support from black Americans for the Republicans aside, the "Southern Strategy" was racist, was thus wrong, and should be apologized for, simply because it's the right thing to do.