SIDEBAR: Watching a recent episode of Hardball in New Hampshire I was astonished, frankly, by how Chris Matthews and two no-name pundits were so matter-of-factly, so clinically discussing the ebb and flow of racism in the Republican primaries, one noting that it reaches its peak round about the South Carolina Primary and then wanes after Florida. I was stunned.
The mainstreaming of racism in Republican politics. There was no discussion of the immorality of racism and the despicable cancer it has become within the Republican Party. Rather, it was just so much political punditry. The banality of evil. And then the audience tonight, on Martin Luther King Jr. Day brought it home. They were odious, and racist, beyond comprehension. As a somber Gene Robinson expressed his disbelief, he said they reminded him of a crowd from 40 or 50 years ago, of another time in South Carolina, not today, not on this day.