Kamala Harris was sincere in bringing up her past in this weeks debate, but disingenuous in hanging it on Biden who had to work thru the past with what he had…
This comment from one of our regular history reminding guys…..
I’m a little taken aback, although I shouldn’t be surprised or shocked, at what looks like a chasm in political and historical knowledge.
Those of us growing up in the 1950’s and 1960’s (even those like me who were staunch advocates of civil rights) recognised the political realities of the time. Before the Voting Rights Act of 1965, (1) it was nearly impossible for a non-segregationist to win the almost lily-white electorate in any if about a dozen former slave states. And it was extremely difficult in border states such as Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee *, so consequently (2) dealing with segregationists was an everyday political reality for both Northern & Western Democrats and for Republicans, just as upholding segregation (at least nominally) was a necessity for any Southern politician who did get elected.
Only a rare bipartisan coalition of Republicans with Northern & Western Democrats was able to pass the Civil Rights Acts of 1957 & 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
But ever since the 1870’s much of the GOP had abandoned the black citizen freed by Lincoln and protected during Reconstruction in a (usually-vain) attempt to woo Southern white voters. So both the Republicans and the non-Southern Democrats found it easier to coalesce on a particular issue with the huge segregationist bloc in Congress (about a quarter to a third of its total membership) then with the other Northern party. After 1938, the so-called Conservative Coalition of Dixiecrats and Republicans blocked or tore up much of the New Deal and Fair Deal.
* Some illustrative details: (a) the only Republican to win election to a Senate seat south of Kentucky before 1964 was John Tower of Texas in the early 1960’s. In 1964, he was one of only 6 Republicans to vote against the Civil Rights Act. Interestingly the only deep-Southern vote for the Act came from Tower’s fellow-Senator from Texas, Ralph Yarborough who survived a Republican challenge from George H. W. Bush in 1964, but lost the 1970 Democratic primary to the more-conservative Lloyd Bentsen (who in turn defeated a second try by GHW Bush). (b) Someone said this week in relation to the Harris/Biden interchange that the scholarly Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.), chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, asked the Johnson Administration if his vote might be necessary to pass the Civil Rights Act. Their reply was that his vote was more valuable in another matter (and implicitly, that he shouldn’t imperil his political career with an unneeded vote on Civil Rights). Like every other Southern Senator outside Texas and Tennessee, and nearly every other Southern Representative, Fulbright had signed the Southern Manifesto of 1956. (LBJ of Texas and Tennessee Senators Al Gore, Sr, and Estes Kefauver, who was seeking the 1956 Democratic presidential nomination, were the only Southern Senators who declined to sign the Manifesto.)….
DSD @ Politicaldog101…..