White Supremacist Elephants

Who is going to get that coveted racist vote?  There’s no shortage of Republicans trying for the honor.  If we restrict ourselves to the three top candidates in the race, McCain, Romney and Huckabee, we’ve got ourselves a bit of fun.

Top of the pack is probably Huckabee, who (it is emerging) has some ties to white supremacist groups:

Making coded appeals to white racism is nothing new for Huckabee. Indeed, well before he was a nationally known political star, Huckabee nurtured a relationship with America’s largest white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens.

Next we have John McCain, who has a long and confused history on such matters:

McCain’s push to cozy up to far right extremists is not surprising, given his contradictions in the past. In the 2000 presidential campaign, McCain reversed himself on the confederate flag first calling it “a symbol of racism and slavery” but then pandering the very next day by calling it a “symbol of heritage.” In past efforts to pander to a far right base that doesn’t trust him, McCain campaigned in Alabama for George Wallace Jr., a popular speaker at a white supremacist hate group, continues to employ a strategist who denounced the creation of a Federal holiday honoring Dr. King as “vicious” and “profane,” and even hired the man responsible for the racist ads against Harold Ford in the Senate race in Tennessee in 2006. [New York Times, 4/20/00, San Diego Union Tribune, 1/18/00; Associated Press, 11/17/05, Southern Poverty Law Center, Intelligence Report, Summer 2005; AP, 6/6/05; New York Times, 10/27/06; New York Times, 10/26/06; Union Leader, 12/8/06]

That leaves Mitt Romney, the corporate candidate par excellence.  From what I could find, he seems clean on the matter.

That’s 2 out of 3 candidates with a troubled history, and ties to hate groups in this country.  Both McCain and Huckabee seem willing to play dirty, and throw wink-nudge racism into their bag of tricks for the campaign trail.  This should make the general election all the more interesting and vital.

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