Election 2012

Gingrich Flirts with Jim Crow

Newt's Southern Strategy expands to supporting a poll test as a requirement to vote. ThinkProgress:

WALDRON: In order to vote, like a generic history test for new citizens and young people? Can you just kind of describe how that would work?

GINGRICH: You do have a test now for new citizens. I’m just making the point, not that we ought to create a test for young people, but that every young person who graduates from school ought to know American history, and all too often now adays the schools don’t teach you anymore.

And, as with everything Gingrich said this week, he tried to walk it back as if he misspoke. He didn't. These are well thought-out positions -- not slips of the tongue.