We'll never hear a high-level Republican official use the n word, and we'll never hear them say blacks are inferior or that they don't want Hispanics in their neighborhood. However, they do precious little to win any minority's vote and much to alienate it. Hardly a month goes by without some mid-level Republican making some insensitive statement that makes me squirm. (Bear in mind, I haven't even gotten into their apparent efforts to lose the women's vote.) They try to manipulate voting laws in a way that will bring marginally more eligible white voters to the polls. Moving on to the female vote, hardly 2 months goes by without some Republican saying something hare-brained about women or rape.

Just who are they counting on to win them the next election? There aren't enough middle-aged and elderly white guys to bank on anymore. And there are even fewer well-to-do blacks and Hispanics.

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"The right wing doesn't realize how poor America has become."

That same mindset, in earlier France, is what prompted Marie Antoinette, when told the peasants had no bread, to say the words that cost her her head: "Well, let them eat cake!"

The line that sticks out for me there is "The gap between the rich and poor," which grates minorities even more than lower- and middle-class whites.



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