Jeremiah Wright

The GOP's Southern Strategy lives on

The GOP's Southern Strategy lives on

I can't help but find the GOP leadership's outrage at Donald Trump's initial refusal to disavow David Duke and the Ku Klux Klan disingenuous.

Lest we forget, the Republican Party started what later became known as the "Southern Strategy" in 1964 when Barry Goldwater voted against the Civil Rights Act and won five southern states away from the Democrats. The approach fed on the resentment of whites who opposed integration, school busing and other civil rights advancements, using race as a wedge issue to appeal to white southern voters. Richard Nixon adopted it for his 1968...