Now that the Democratic nominee is definitely going to be either female or African-American, the party that whose stock-in-trade has been racism and misogyny is afraid they're going to get called on their shit:
Top Republican strategists are working on plans to protect the GOP from charges of racism or sexism in the general election, as they prepare for a presidential campaign against the first ever African-American or female Democratic nominee.Translation: they're going to run coded racist/misogynist messages past focus groups to see which ones do the job without being identified as racist or misogynist.
The Republican National Committee has commissioned polling and focus groups to determine the boundaries of attacking a minority or female candidate, according to people involved. The secretive effort underscores the enormous risk senior GOP operatives see for a party often criticized for its insensitivity to minorities in campaigns dating back to the 1960s. [emphasis added]
Oh, and "criticized for their insensitivity...dating back to the 1960s"? That would be because the 1960s is when the Republican party made the conscious decision to openly embrace racism as a means of winning the South from the Democrats--a strategy they have employed mostly successfully ever since.
Gee, it's just awful that now they're afraid it might backfire on them. My heart fucking bleeds for the poor motherfuckers.
(Hat tip: John Cole)