Pat Buchanan’s Strategy For The GOP

Pat Buchanan, who has made a career out of pandering to racist and anti-Semitic beliefs, has some advice for the Republican Party–engage in more race-baiting:

In 2008, Hispanics, according to the latest figures, were 7.4 percent of the total vote. White folks were 74 percent, 10 times as large. Adding just 1 percent to the white vote is thus the same as adding 10 percent to the candidate’s Hispanic vote.

If John McCain, instead of getting 55 percent of the white vote, got the 58 percent George W. Bush got in 2004, that would have had the same impact as lifting his share of the Hispanic vote from 32 percent to 62 percent.

But even Ronald Reagan never got over 44 percent of the Hispanic vote. Yet, he and Richard Nixon both got around 65 percent of the white vote.

When Republican identification is down to 20 percent, but 40 percent of Americans identify themselves as conservatives, do Republicans need a GPS to tell them which way to go?

Why did McCain fail to win the white conservative Democrats Hillary Clinton swept in the primaries? He never addressed or cared about their issues.

These are the folks whose jobs have been outsourced to China and Asia, who pay the price of affirmative action when their sons and daughters are pushed aside to make room for the Sonia Sotomayors. These are the folks who want the borders secured and the illegals sent back.

Had McCain been willing to drape Jeremiah Wright around the neck of Barack Obama, as Lee Atwater draped Willie Horton around the neck of Michael Dukakis, the mainstream media might have howled.

And McCain might be president.

(Hat top to Matthew Yglesias who read Human Events today so that the rest of us don’t have to.)

The Southern strategy worked for years, but it has now turned the Republicans into a regional party unable to win national elections. Besides desiring to pander to the types of views which also limit Republican support to primarily conservative white males, Buchanan shows another tendency of the far right. Beyond racism, distortions of the facts is typical of the far right, and Buchanan demonstrates this with multiple untrue claims about Sonia Sotomayor.

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    Christoher Skyi says:


    These are the folks whose jobs have been outsourced to China and Asia, who pay the price of affirmative action when their sons and daughters are pushed aside to make room for the Sonia Sotomayors. These are the folks who want the borders secured and the illegals sent back.
    Had McCain been willing to drape Jeremiah Wright around the neck of Barack Obama, as Lee Atwater draped Willie Horton around the neck of Michael Dukakis, the mainstream media might have howled.
    And McCain might be president.”
     
    Pat — ya gotta love ‘m. He’s a born demagogue. Thank goodness he never became president.

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    Ron Chusid says:

    “Pat — ya gotta love ‘m”

    There is something almost lovable about Pat Buchanan–as long as he is kept out of public office. He’s kind of like the crazy old uncle who says repugnant things but the family still puts up with him.

    I imagine that’s kind of the mind set in Rachel Maddow using him as the opposing viewpoint on her show, as opposed to totally avoiding him in light of his anti-lesbian views. (Or perhaps the powers that be at MSNBC wanted to give more time to their in house conservative and didn’t give Maddow a choice.)

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    I think it’s a bit of both. I think Maddow would be under a degree of constraint to pick a conservative on the payroll already, such as Buchanan or Scarborough, and that Pat’s loony old uncle vibe works perfectly in contrast to Maddow’s younger and more intellectual vibe. Maddow, despite having learned her show business on the job, is very sensitive to these kinds of contrasts and very likely would have preferred Pat to Scarborough if given a choice between the two.
     
    Buchanan is like the cranky old history professor everyone loves, who learned all the wrong lessons from history and grades on a bent curve based on his bent perceptions, but is a hoot to argue with.
     

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    patrick says:

    I believe that we should be phasing out many forms of affirmative action* over the next 20-25 years as minority groups become a larger percentage of society and become better represented in the top echelons of government and business.
    But if Buchanan is so concerned about fairness for lower-income whites (as opposed to simply being disingenuous), I wonder why he has never objected to legacy admissions.  Assuming that a working-class white kid  was “pushed aside” to make room for Sonia Sotomayor,  another such person must have been pushed aside to make room for, say, George W. Bush.
    *Admissions and employment preferences, and measures that take race/ethnicity into account but not socioeconomic background, as opposed to targeted recruiting in mostly black or Latino areas or evaluating and improving selection tools to avoid cultural bias.

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    Mr. Jeffersonian says:

    What’s funny is that even if America were to get rid of all it’s minority groups,  Buchannan would still carry on about the “Jews and the Catholics” or better yet focus more on how “The Gay agenda” is destroying the very fabric of our society. It will never end with this guy LMAO

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    Eclectic Radical says:

    “But if Buchanan is so concerned about fairness for lower-income whites (as opposed to simply being disingenuous), I wonder why he has never objected to legacy admissions. ”
     
    Conservatives of the Buchanan stripe are not interested in fairness for lower income whites at all. They are economic populists who advocate an economic protectionism that does offer certain benefits for American labor, but despite their populist rhetoric their primary concern is protecting American business from foreign competition on domestic soil. The benefits for American labor are purely tangential and are countered by their opposition to workers’ rights and their support for expanded corporate rights. Their economic philosophy is very close to that of Mussolini, which is probably why Buchanan veers toward Nazi apologia when in particularly dazed and confused by the lessons he’s mis-learned from history.
     
    “What’s funny is that even if America were to get rid of all it’s minority groups,  Buchannan would still carry on about the “Jews and the Catholics” or better yet focus more on how “The Gay agenda” is destroying the very fabric of our society. It will never end with this guy LMAO”
     
    Buchanan IS a Catholic, who has advocated ‘pro-Catholic’ positions in columns and has supported the Pope (this one and the previous)  in moments of his greatest senility. So I don’t think you’ll see him bashing Catholics anytime soon. Quite possible to see him bash the Jews, given his track record, however.
     
    I don’t know if I see Buchanan as a ‘racist’ in the KKK sense or not. He has clearly learned all the wrong lessons from history, and his ethnic theories are straight out of polite Western European society in the 19th Century. The kindest possible description is that he has a Victorian colonial attitude on race and ethnicity. And of course, his writing makes it legitimate to speculate whether or not he walks around his home in a Gestapo uniform in the worst case scenario.
     

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