Conservative Republicans Recoil at the Notion That Christie Is the Party’s Savior. By Jonathan Martin. New York Times, November 10, 2013.
Who’s Still Afraid of Interracial Marriage. By Jelani Cobb. The New Yorker, November 13, 2013.
More Dumb Stuff Richard Cohen Says. By Elon James White. The Root, November 12, 2013.
Merle Haggard: Are the Good Times Really Over? Video. ALLEN0955, August 26, 2008. YouTube. Song is from 1983.
Iowa not only is a serious obstacle for Christie and other Republican moderates, it also suggests something more ominous: the Dixiecrats of old. Officially the States’ Rights Democratic Party, they were breakaway Democrats whose primary issue was racial segregation. In its cause, they ran their own presidential candidate, Strom Thurmond, and almost cost Harry Truman the 1948 election. They didn’t care. Their objective was not to win — although that would have been nice — but to retain institutional, legal racism. They saw a way of life under attack and they feared its loss.