One of the saddest sights in the American political landscape is a Republican of good will who tries to pretend that a vestige remains of his fantasy “traditional” Republicanism. One such is Wisconsin’s Austin Given, who laments in part
If only the RNC had not implemented the Southern Strategy, Republicans might still be the party of civil rights. If state’s rights conservatives had not infected the party founded to stop them, Republicans would be fighting for minority rights, not majority comfort and supremacy.
Real Republicans recognize the party’s cancer. The growing state’s rights conservative movement has mutated the Republican message from empowering individuals to overpowering them.
Do read the rest. His faith in the existence of “real Republicans” somehow separate and apart from the actions of the Republican Party is touching and sweet in a sad puppy dog way.