At the Guardian, Gary Younge examines the continuing success of the odious Southern strategy. A nugget:
One of the appeals for some whites of voting Republican is a desire to maintain whatever limited racial privileges they have acquired over the years combined with a fear that what little they have will be taken away by feckless non-whites and undocumented migrants. While in Nevada in 2010 I asked a white Republican without health insurance why she wouldn’t support a candidate who might give it to her. “I never really got into that Obamacare insurance stuff,” she said. “My mind is focusing 250% on this illegal immigration.”
None of this means all Republican supporters are racist. But it does suggest they make their appeal on racial grounds . . . .