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Joe Scarborough Runs the Old “No Southern Republicans Were Racists” Play

On “Morning Joe” this AM, JoeScar started laying the groundwork for Haley Barbour, claiming that he’s going to be labeled a “racist” by “the media” if he runs against Obama—just because he’s a “white Southerner.”

When Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that there’s a good reason Southern conservatives have an image problem with race, and JoeScar pulled the classic wingnut bait-and-switch. “But in the ’60s, it was Democrats that were the racists!” Uh-huh.

I’m surprised O’Donnell let himself get sucker-punched so easily. This is one of the oldest tricks in the wingnut playbook book, and very easily refuted.

There’s a reason LBJ said, after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “We have lost the South for a generation.”

Try two, Lyndon.

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