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Monday, March 22, 2010

Right the first time, Mr. Gingrich

A correction at the bottom of Paul Krugman's postscript to yesterday's health care triumph:
This column quotes Newt Gingrich as saying that “Lyndon Johnson shattered the Democratic Party for 40 years” by passing civil rights legislation, a quotation that originally appeared in The Washington Post. After this column was published, The Post reported that Mr. Gingrich said his comment referred to Johnson’s Great Society policies, not to the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Republicans didn't use Medicare to bash the Democratic Party for forty years. They used Southern white resentment over black empowerment. This powered the party to victory after victory in the Electoral College, and, by the 1990's, in congressional elections as well. Southern Republican whites don't resent Medicare. They resent black people. Anyone who knows the region's politics realizes the former speaker was right the first time. And anyone who knows Mr. Gingrich knows that he's savvy enough to recognize the moment to lie about it.

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