Thursday, July 14, 2005

Mehlman's Apology

Ken Mehlman has apologized for the Republican's use of race as a wedge issue:

It was called "the southern strategy," started under Richard M. Nixon in 1968, and described Republican efforts to use race as a wedge issue -- on matters such as desegregation and busing -- to appeal to white southern voters.

Ken Mehlman, the Republican National Committee chairman, this morning will tell the NAACP national convention in Milwaukee that it was "wrong."

I'm happy to see that the GOP realizes that this tactic was wrong. Now if they would also apologize for other similar tactics:

Using terrorism for political gain (despite the long history of Republicans blocking Democratic proposals to fight al Qaeda)

Using homophobia as a wedge issue

Pandering to extremism

Basing campaigns upon distortion of their opponents issues rather than engaging in an honest discussion of the issues

Use of voter suppression as an election tactic


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