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Of Course: Santorum Using Racist "Code" Language

This argument is getting so old, but MSNBC just loves it. Last night on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, liberal talk radio host Mark Thompson accused Rick Santorum of using "code" language during his Alabama primary victory speech on Tuesday.


When Rick Santorum first announced he was running for President, in his announcement speech, he was criticizing President Obama for saying America wasn't as great as it was until there were programs like Medicare and Social Security. But in that criticism, he said directly to the President, he said, "Mr. President, America was great before 1965."

I called that out as a coded message. You know, I go to Selma every year, and 1965 is a sacred year in the history of this country, and a never-forgotten year in terms of the history of Alabama. When he said that, I knew exactly who he was speaking to in that coded language. So I'm not surprised at all that he won Alabama.

As Brad Wilmouth at Newsbusted pointed out, Thompson failed to acknowledge that a number of Great Society programs were developed in 1965. But I'd like to challenge Thompson. He asked why people, women in particular, are Republicans. Women are Republicans or conservatives rather for a number of reasons. Conservatives believe in local control, family control, the protection of innocent babies in the womb, a strong economy, etc. Voting for conservatives is in the interest of conservative women, small government and limited government control are important to them. Thompson asks why "people vote against their own interests," which begs the question, why do people vote against their own interests? Over to you, Alfonzo Rachel.


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