"A Southern Republican [Haley Barbour] with designs on challenging Barack Obama in 2012 offers a phony version of history. Almost 50 years ago, the Republican Party made a decision to embrace the backlash generated by civil rights among white Southerners."
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"There's nothing new about this story. In fact, it's the story LBJ himself predicted when he signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and supposedly mused, "There goes the South for a generation."
READ the article at Salon.