I haven’t had time to listen to the whole thing, but The Nation has an audio of the infamous Lee Atwater interview from 1981 in which he explained the Southern Strategy:
You start out in 1954 by saying, â€œNigger, nigger, nigger.â€ By 1968 you canâ€™t say â€œniggerâ€â€”that hurts you, backfires. So you say stuff like, uh, forced busing, statesâ€™ rights, and all that stuff, and youâ€™re getting so abstract. Now, youâ€™re talking about cutting taxes, and all these things youâ€™re talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is, blacks get hurt worse than whites.â€¦ â€œWe want to cut this,â€ is much more abstract than even the busing thing, uh, and a hell of a lot more abstract than â€œNigger, nigger.â€
Fast forward — Now Paul Ryan is saying that he and Mittens did not lose the election because voters rejected his policies. They lost the election because of all those “urban” voters.
I think he needs to get a lot more abstract.