ONE-WAY UNITY | 2002-05-25
For many years, we tried to get Republicans to go after the George Wallace vote. They finally did in 1980, and the "Wallace vote" was suddenly renamed "Reagan Democrats." National Review, the organ of respectable conservatism, now tells us they wouldn't go for that Wallace vote until it cleansed itself of Racist Evil.
For National Review, conservative victory is nice, but insulting white working people and Southerners is nicer.
Actually, a person with a memory - which means only me - remembers that National Review used to reject that Wallace vote for an entirely different reason.
I remember that all those years before 1980, the Republicans said something entirely different. For decades they said there were just very few Wallace votes, and what they wanted was those black voters who were now ready to vote Republican in 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976, and 1978.
I have been told that blacks were ready to vote for Reagan in 1980, but the Evil Wallace, I mean Reagan Democrat, Strategy drove them off.
In 1980, when Republicans finally went for the Wal--, sorry, I mean Reagan Democrat, vote, they won the presidency from a sitting president and they gained control of a House of Congress for the first time since 1952.
But National Review now tells us they were not being stupid all those years before 1980, they were just being Shrewd " - January 26, 2002 - WHEN DUMMIES TRY TO BE "SHREWD".