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July 27, 2005

Ken Mehlman Says George W. Bush Is Wrong

The Whiskey Bar picks up a very sharp and public dissent by RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman from the partisan political strategies of George W. Bush:

Whiskey Bar: Southern Strategies: 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".... "Some Republicans gave up on winning the African American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization. I am here today as the Republican chairman to tell you we were wrong." Washington Post "RNC Chief to Say It Was 'Wrong'to Exploit Racial Conflict for Votes" July 12, 2005.

As the nation honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, thousands of people gathered here to demand that lawmakers remove the Confederate battle flag from atop South Carolina's Statehouse.... "I think that the flag should be removed from the state Capitol," Vice President Al Gore said Sunday. "That's my position and I think that Governor Bush has avoided taking a position or has ducked the issue." GOP front-runner George W. Bush has denied avoiding the issue. "I haven't waffled from day one when I've been asked the question," Bush told CNN's "Late Edition on Sunday. "That's a decision for the people of South Carolina to make." CNN "Thousands march against Confederate flag in South Carolina" January 17, 2000

Posted by DeLong at July 27, 2005 10:09 AM