The Sunday New York Times, as close as we have to a national paper of record's leading edition, featured yesterday a troubling disclosure and analysis of the Romney-Ryan campaign's decision to stir the racial pot in search of a winning recipe.
Said The Times, in part:
This is dangerous righty talk radio territory - - playing to an angry base, appealing to fear and victimization - - reminiscent of other intentionally divisive presidential campaign race cards - - Ronald Reagan's "welfare queens" rhetoric, or Richard Nixon's southern strategy - - with the way paved by the overtly segregationist George Wallace.
And employed as the ugly, final, tactical phase of four years of far-right race-baiting to discredit the country's first African-American President by continually painting Barack Obama as an illegitimate outsider who somehow seized the country that needs to be taken back.
The Times story is especially noteworthy because it flatly calls false an allegation in a new, inflammatory Romney ad without citing an independent analyst or third-party vetting service - - essentially challenging the rest of the media to condemn the ad and the tactics behind it before the strategy gains a toe-hold:
And by being on the ticket grants his blessing to a strategy which could propel him to the Vice-Presidency and beyond.
Cross-posted at Purple Wisconsin.