I see where Kevin Williamson of National Review has responded to my critique of his thesis that the Republican Party is “the party of civil rights”.
According to Williamson, my “not very smart take” is that “Sure, Republicans were good on civil rights for a long time, but those were liberal Republicans, so you can’t claim them, since they’d be Democrats now.”
While that statement has some truth in it, it was not my argument at all. As I wrote, asking which party is the party of civil rights is simply the wrong question; the battle lines back then were much more clearly drawn between liberal and conservative than between Democrat and Republican. And as history demonstrates, conservatives taking credit for the civil rights revolution is like Mitt Romney swooping in to take credit for rescuing the U.S. auto industry.
But if you’re interested, go read Williamson and draw your own conclusions.
– Jay Bookman