Uncovered at Last: Lee Atwater's Infamous 'Southern Strategy' Colloquy | Crooks and Liars You start out in 1954 by saying, ******, ******, ******. By 1968 you cant say ******that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, states rights, and all that stuff, and youre getting so abstract. Now, youre talking about cutting taxes, and all these things youre talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites. We want to cut this, is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than ******, ******. That voter, in my judgment, he claims, will be more likely to vote his economic interests than he will anything else. And that is the voter that I think through a fairly slow but very steady process, will go Republican. Because race no longer matters: In my judgment Karl Marx [is right]... the real issues ultimately will be the economic issues. He continues, in words that uncannily echo the 47 percent tape (nothing new under the wingnut sun), that statistically, as the number of non-producers in the system moves toward fifty percent, the conservative coalition cannot but expand. Voila: a new Republican majority. Racism won't have anything to do with it. --------------------------------------- It's like he was standing in front of today's Republican Party and giving a very accurate description.