From Richard Hofstadter’s “The Paranoid Style in American Politics”, published in 1965:
Goldwater’s departure from the Republican pattern was compounded by his position on civil rights. One of the oldest, though hardly the most efficacious, of the traditions of many of the conservatives in the and North— and even to a degree in the South as well—has been a certain persistent sympathy with the Negro and a disposition to help him in moderate ways to relieve his distress. This tradition goes back to the Federalist party; it was continued by the Whig gentry; it infused the early Republican party. By adopting the “Southern Strategy,” the Goldwater men abandoned this inheritance. They committed themselves not merely to a drive for a core of Southern states in the electoral college but to a strategic counterpart in the North which required the search for racist votes. They thought they saw a good mass issue in the white backlash, which they could indirectly exploit by talking in the streets, crime, juvenile delinquency, and the dangers faced by our mothers and daughters.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 02, 2020 06:23 PM