Brett Marston responds to the debate on the linkage between race and the rise of the Republican party to electoral success in the South that started on PoliBlog (here, here and here ) and continued on Marstonalia (here and here) and OTB (here and here).

Most of what he says today is a matter of honest opinion. I will respond briefly to one point:

Republicans can grumble about unfair treatment of Lott, but the existence of ex-segregationist, ex-dixiecrats among their ranks is something that Republicans do have to explain, even if the first generation is finally dying off.

My response: Robert Byrd.

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