Republican political consultant Lee Atwater was right:
You start out in 1954 by saying, “Nigger, nigger, nigger.” By 1968 you can't say “nigger”—that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites.
And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me—because obviously sitting around saying, “We want to cut this,” is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than “Nigger, nigger".
And now, the Republicans have their new variation on "nigger, nigger, nigger"--the economic crisis is all their fault. The Republican-led elimination of regulation in 1999 and 2000 had nothing to do with it--it's all the fault of the lazy, shiftless, welfare-queen Negroes. (And don't forget the Latinos--some right wing cretin on Lou Dobbs this week said that 5 million illegal alien mortgages have failed, a figure which he has pulled out of the deepest regions of his ass.)
The hard-right conservatives will NEVER change. From their opposition to abolishing slavery in the new Constitution to their starting of the Civil War to their Jim Crow tactics and lynching to their ferocious opposition to civil rights in the modern era, they will never change. Well, almost never. Because you see, as far as the right wingers are concerned, everything that's wrong isn't just the fault of the "niggers". There's the "spics", too.
BTW, Coulter is trying to spread the bullshit that McCain was "exonerated" in the Keating Five scandal. The truth of the matter is here.