The absurd notion that the GOP saved the Civil Rights Act, at the same time that their candidate for president, Barry Goldwater, was running on a states-rights, anti-civil-rights platform, has been effectively punctured here by Farmerman
. I'm more interested in this fascinating graphic:
It's like a message in a bottle inside another bottle. Evidently created in 2007, when Hillary Clinton was still regarded as the likely Democratic nominee in 2008, it shows a Confederate in 1861 holding up a sign for Vallandingham. Weird! That must be a reference to Clement Vallandingham
, Ohio member of congress and notorious copperhead. But why is a Confederate (note the flag emblem on the hat) supporting a northern congressman? Wouldn't Jefferson Davis have been a better choice, both politically and artistically? Furthermore, why is support for an Ohio congressman in 1861 comparable to support for a presidential candidate in 2007? And why is Gunga
dredging up a five-year-old cartoon to illustrate his point today? Aren't conservatives drawing cartoons any more?
There are layers here, people. Lots of layers.