Glenn and I discuss what Romney should have said to the NAACP, the extent that GOP candidates should acknowledge previous misdeeds such as the Southern Strategy, and other matters.
I do want to note one correction, where I was unfair to Barry Goldwater. He opposed civil rights legislation and believed there was a constitutional basis for segregated schooling. Goldwater had unsavory platform mates and allies in his southern campaigning. He deserves harsh criticism for these things. He may have made inflammatory comments in other contexts. (These rioting-based ads were what I was thinking about.) Yet I really cannot substantiate my comment made at 27:06 of the video. A web search and calls to historians come up dry. Based on what I can find in the historical record, Goldwater’s personal conduct and statements were better than I gave him credit for. (I should also have been more nuanced about Richard Epstein, who notes that Jim Crow segregation imposed “legal barriers that make it virtually impossible for individuals to enter freely into voluntary transitions with trading partners of their own choice, white or black.”)
My apologies to Glenn and to bh listeners for making a sloppy unsubstantiated comment.