(Photo: Michael Appleton/New York Daily News)

I know I’m a little late to the Doughy Pantloads latest journey to the center of his stupid, but I thought I would allow Jonah of the Couch Apes the opportunity to further explain his position on all things racist:

The line peddled by Paul Krugman and countless others, that the GOP majorities and victories of the last thirty years are all the poisoned fruit of the poisoned tree of Dixie is simply untrue. Whatever Helms’ personal druthers, his political maneuvering room was constrained by the fact that the GOP is not a racist party.

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 Now, a word about the South. I’m no expert, but the story of the South’s sloughing off of racism and its movement into the GOP fold, is one of the most egregiously under-told and distorted tales of modern political history. (John O’Sullivan points to one aspect of it here.) The bigotry aimed at the South never ceases to amaze me. Indeed, it is astounding to me how the left tells us we need to understand the nuance of, say,  the Jihadi mind in all of its shades of gray, but when it comes to the voting habits of law-abiding white North Carolinians all you need to know is that if  a white hand pulls a lever for a Republican politician, that hand must be attached to a racist, and that racism guided the hand to vote for a Republican. The South is a complicated place. Racism was certainly its central shortcoming, but it was hardly its only feature. That so many people can only see the racism, even as its half-life accelerates, says more about their myopia than it does about the region it casts its gaze on.

Finally,  I have no problem celebrating Jesse Helms’ contributions to this country, and I  think the praise he received from so many decent and un-racist conservatives should have been a sign to flummoxed liberals that there was more to the man than racism, rather than confirm their conviction that there’s nothing more to the right than racism. 

And for the life of me I can’t figure out how "flummoxed liberals" could have ever come to that conclusion.

Oh wait, yes I can:

Monday, August 29, 2005

Attn: Superdome Residents
[Jonah Goldberg]

I think it’s time to face facts. That place is going to be a Mad Max/thunderdome Waterworld/Lord of the Flies horror show within the next few hours. My advice is to prepare yourself now. Hoard weapons, grow gills and learn to communicate with serpents. While you’re working on that, find the biggest guy you can and when he’s not expecting it beat him senseless. Gather young fighters around you and tell the womenfolk you will feed and protect any female who agrees to participate without question in your plans to repopulate the earth with a race of gilled-supermen. It’s never too soon to be prepared.
08/29 10:05 AM

You see, it’s funny because it’s true they’re black…