Karma is a bitch. For decades Republicans have been giving a wink and a nod to southern racists in what was not so secretly known as the Southern Strategy. Now they are forced to choose between the monster they have been nurturing and their own political futures.
As Republicans face a withering blowback for embracing the display of Confederate flags on National Parks and federal cemeteries, Democrats are looking to capitalize on the misfire and draw attention to Republican reluctance to let go of the Confederate flag.As some of you may know, I was not always the brash liberal you see before you now. I was once a libertarian. In 2007 I got involved with grassroots Florida Republican politics. The racism and bigotry I saw there sent me running for the other side.
The procedural maneuvering is a little complicated, but the gist is this: Late Wednesday night Republicans introduced an amendment that would have reversed a previously passed Democratic amendment restricting the display of Confederate flags at federal cemeteries.
Democrats were quick to decry the sneak-attack reversal, carrying with them to the House floor poster boards bearing the Confederate flag. The backlash was so immediate and fierce that by Thursday morning the House GOP leadership was forced to cancel a vote on a major Interior appropriations bill that contained the flag provision.
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and I'm missing SFL as much if not more than any of you!