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.