The Unapologetic Mexican makes a particularly valid point:

DON’T EXPECT REPUBLICANS, especially, to ever want to have a serious discussion on racism. Why would they? Without a constant shovel to the furnace of the diseased psychological and spiritual undercurrents of so much of our politics and policies, they just wouldn’t have much to run on.

Hatred and fear have been the main theme and fuel of the Republican campaigns for decades, running on peoples fear of “other.” It became particularly virulent and institutionalized with Papa Bush and Lee Atwater, and has steadily gotten worse since then. That is the much vaunted southern strategy which Ken Mehlman apologized for, even as he continued it, paying for ads that successfully played on fear of interracial sex in the Harold Ford race. After all, a platform of: we loot the treasury for personal gain, while you go deeper and deeper into debt and the country falls apart, is not a winning theme. Since the truth won’t sell, fear and lies have to take its place. And since 9/11, the Republicans have been doing most of the terrorists work for them, doing as much as possible to keep the voters afraid.

I had thought the phrase “they all look alike to me” had become a joke. That to say it was to admit to being so obviously ignorant and uninformed as to be laughable. But Senator Trent Lott, R(acist)-MS, said this about the Iraqis when he spoke about the Sunnis and the Shiites killing each other:

Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.

And Senator Conrad Burns, R(acist)-MT, in what was described as evidence of his sense of humor, belittled his critics:

They call me racist. Don’t even own a car.

Apparently for Burns, if you do not own a car, you are not qualified to express an opinion in what used to be the land of the free.