Racism and fear has been the ENTIRE foundation of Republican political strategy since 1965. Xenophobia is a more recent close second.
Racists and Xenophobes are a minority as voters but they are frequent voters driven by fear that turn out in every election. Republicans call them their “Base”. The “Moderate Democrats” also base their voter appeal on fear of non-whites. The Reagan Democrats are racists; they just don’t like to be called racist, in public.
Pennsylvania went for Obama because of voter turnout. The racists voters were overwhelmed by ordinary people.
Like I said the racists ARE in the minority. But they are driven by a fear of non-white rule to turn out for every election.
The reaction of the most racist white supremacists in Pennsylvania and in Chester County where I live was predictable. The “Keystone Skinheads “understood the opportunity and changed their name to the more family friendly “Keystone United “to take advantage of the reaction to a Black President and attract people who might be turned off by the Skinhead name but not their beliefs. The entire White Supremacist movement has morphed into a bigger movement of anti-government activists and white supremacists now called “White Nationalists”. They bring in people who are uncomfortable at being racists (although they may be racists) but have the same goal of a white only or at least a white controlled nation and a fear that the USA is becoming an anti-American nation controlled by non-Christians and Jews and people of color.
A bible camp meeting of Christian Identity members at Estes Park, Colorado on October 1992 later took on historical importance. The bible camp theme was the “Ruby Ridge” ATF siege in Idaho in August of 1992. The keynote speaker was Larry Pratt of "Gun Owners of America" and the "Committee to Protect the Family". It became to be known as the birth of the new militia movement in the USA. But more importantly it brought together a blend of gun rights activitists, white supremacists and Christian activists. Nazis, Skinheads, “Christian” anti-abortion activists, anti-government activists, and gun rights supporters that came together to form the basis for a Christian Nationalist/gun owners movement. I believe that Christian & guns movement is at the core of the Teabaggers.I believe a mix of out and out white supremacists, white nationalists, “Christian family” anti-abortionists, racists (who do not acknowledge their racism), anarchists, Libertarians, anti-government militia groups, outlaw motorcycle gangs,Republicans, Democrats, Independents and other parties and xenophobes make up the Teabaggers. They are not necessarily agreeable. The Republican Party and their corporate K Street lobbyists are desperately trying to get them under one tent; the Republican Party. Good luck with that.
There are a lot of moderate Republicans in Chester County, PA. But there will be no move towards the center for Republicans locally or Nationally. Their “base”, driven by fear of non-white rule, turns out reliably for every election. By catering to their base they will continue to win in the less popular local and state elections and continue to imbed Republicans in local and state governments and the court system. The GOP's problem is their “base” sometimes becomes rabid and bites.
In the video above Hari Kunzru is the only person who really “gets it”. Michele is the deep one and probably frightens the White Supremacists most.
White Supremacy - The theology based movement that believes in the satanic nature of Jews and the secondary status of people of color.