HH: I report, you decide

Hendrick Hertzberg addressing a question about race-baiting birthers during a live chat on April 25:

“All Republicans are not racists, but it’s increasingly true that all racists are Republicans. Or at least Republican leaners. However, the G.O.P. has the racist vote locked up, no matter what color the Democratic candidate is. Overt racism, like that of the *Orange County person, is damaging to any sane Republican electoral strategy. The vast majority of Republicans are not, repeat not, racists. A majority of them, however, are xenophobes. There’s a difference. (In the 1850s, the Know Nothings were anti-slavery.)”

Comment from “Mark”

“so now you are attacking republican voters?”

Hendrik’s reply?

“I report, you decide.”

*The “Orange County person” Hendrick refers to was mentioned previously by a commenter and can be found here.

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About Daniel Fitzsimmons

Staff writer for the Manhattan weeklies Our Town, Our Town Downtown and the West Side Spirit.
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