I know I’m beating a dead horse here, and of course the author is biased and pro-Democrat. And of course he selects informants who play into the worst stereotypes about the South. But the part about how this is a very calculated strategy to focus everyone off of issues and onto demonization still rings true.
This basically is everything the GOP has been serving up for all of my generation. As much as I dislike the policies of the Democrats, as much as they’re opposed to small government in theory, I’ll be pulling for them to beat the crap out of the GOP this November. Electoral humiliation is the only morality these turkeys know. Everything else validates their trash as a means to an end.