Failure, second time around
“Anarchists bent on destroying US,” (Oct. 1 Rutland Herald) is witnessing the logical conclusion of the Republican Party’s “Southern strategy,” adopted in the wake of the passage of the Civil Rights Act.
They determined that they could appeal to the fear and latent bigotry of white Southerners (and some Northerners as well) to gain seats in Congress. From 1968 onward, it worked quite well.
However, in order to keep winning, they had to ramp up the appeal, so campaigns and memes got more vicious. Newt Gingrich added intractability with the 1994 “Contract on America,” when he shut down the government.
His failure at that time is ignored by his heirs, who believe “this time it will be different; this time it will work.”