Take down the Confederate Flag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is a symbol of racial hatred. Remove it now to honor Charleston victims.Almost makes me miss the guy. Except that when I look back to his campaign I don't remember him ever speaking that forthrightly. Which shows again what a disaster his presidential ambitions were for Romney, ruining him morally and intellectually; only now that he has given up that fight can he speak in his own voice again.
Among current candidates, Jeb Bush has come out for removal, while Ted Cruz understands both sides and thinks outsiders should leave South Carolina alone about it. Care to lay odds on whether Rubio will ever take a clear stand?
Personally I despise the waving of that flag, but I think the refusal of this issue to die points to something important about democratic politics. In the battle flag the issue of white identity comes together with resentment of outside interference -- half of the flag's appeal these days comes from knowing how much elite liberals like me hate it, and waving it is a way to spit in our faces. So I generally leave this mess alone. It mainly serves as a way to get poor whites to abandon their economic interests and vote for capitalists, and I don't feel like playing that game.
But kudos to Mitt for taking this stand, and forcing the other Republicans to confront the issue.