It's absolutely inconceivable that a Republican candidate's not-so-subtle racism would lead to big wins in the Southern primaries!
No, I've never heard of Lee Atwater, why do you ask?
Of especially delightful idiocy, we have Peggy Fucking Noonan of all people flipping out over the GOP's "new" racism and calling it a "Civil War." Which leads me to this bonus alternate shorter for Pegs:
Yes, I know Philadelphia, Mississippi is a nice place to visit this time of year. What exactly are you getting at?