Susan Rice and the Power of Postracial Thinking

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Chad Connelly, who lead the South Carolina GOP, talked to The Hill about the net effect among South Carolina Republicans of Lindsey Graham's nonsensical attacks on Susan Rice:
"I've been all over the state lately and people are, they're thrilled and delighted that Sen. Graham has taken such a lead role on Benghazi," state party chairman Chad Connelly said...

His effort with respect to Benghazi "is improving his conservative Republican credentials here," he said. 

"His name is on people's minds and they're talking great about him. If they had a problem with him, I would say it's been greatly reduced," Connelly said.
I argued the other day that the contents of Lindsay Graham's heart are basically irrelevant to any analysis of race and the GOP's response to Susan Rice. It doesn't much matter who Lindsey Graham is. What matters is his base. 

I would really like to look at the history of the Republican Party in the South, and in South Carolina in particular, and conclude that race rarely if ever plays a role in anything. And I would be thrilled to believe that Graham sees no upside in attacking a black woman, set to become the face of American diplomacy. I would also like to eat pie a la mode as part of a complete breakfast. Perhaps if I say it enough times my dentist will believe me. 

The truth is only what we admit. And what we don't admit can't hurt us.
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