National Review journalist Quinn Hillyer is calling for the censure and possible removal of Henry Barbour from the RNC for funding race-baiting ads in the runoff for the U.S. Senate primary in Mississippi. Hillyer writes that the race-baiting ads pushed by Barbour, followed by lies to other RNC leaders to cover his involvement merit serious punitive action.
I hope to emphasize that censure is merited not because (Henry) Barbour worked against the wishes of many conservatives, not because he tried to attract black Democratic votes in a Republican primary, not just because there was an element of hardball in his tactics, and certainly not because he’s on what many conservatives consider to be the wrong side in intra-RNC disputes. It also has nothing to do with legal questions or allegations of direct vote fraud. Instead, what is specifically at issue and unforgiveable here, and what deserves sanction, is…
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