Ignored here is the Nixon administration -- anybody remember "I am not a crook" Tricky Dicky? During his administrationj the Republican Party explicitly adopted a Southern Strategy -- to break the Democrats solid hold on the South. That included pandering to those in the South who still were opposed to civil rights for blacks, etc., but doing it in a way that they could not be called old-time racists. They succeeded quite well, Trent Lott being a prime example. Some of the old time racist Democrats campaigned by hollering "Niggers are coming, Niggers are coming, bar the door." (E.g.,, George Wallace.) The Republicans were not so crude. They appealed to the same constituency by using code phrases. Appealing to the ideals of the Confederacy, having reverence for its flag, talking States Rights -- meaning rights of states to ignore the Constitution, etc. Yes, not every Republican is a racist. But the party has a racist twist. I believe that is what Mr. Clinton is referring to. And, despicable a human being as he seems to be, he is absolutely right. And the Republicans want Lott our because if he stays their hidden racist appeal will become exposed. Moderator: Originally split from <a href="http://www.globalaffairs.org/forum/showthread.php?s=&postid=38076#post38076">this thread</a>.