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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:37 AM

Prescient quote of the century

Prescient quote of the century

by digby

Via reader Bennet G:

"...the Republicans will join hands with the southern Democrats to try and repeal or undermine every social reform the New Deal has put in. The hue and cry against labor has already started! The republicans have not had an idea since Benjamin Harrison's time and the southern democrats have not had one since Appomattox---and I foresee an unofficial coalition of them running the country."


Esther Murray, in a letter to Eleanor Roosevelt, late 1942, cited in Lisa Cohen, All We Know: Three Lives (Farrar Strauss, 2012), p. 96.

http://digbysblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/prescient-quote-of-century.html

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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:54 AM

1. pretty sly, predicting the southern strategy 30 years before it happened

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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:48 AM

2. That was last century!

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Tue Jul 31, 2012, 02:16 PM

3. Now I want to know more about Esther Murray

I found this photo -- she's over on the right, between Hubert Humphrey and James Roosevelt. (The people on the left are actor Melvyn Douglas and his wife Helen Gahagan Douglas, a Democratic member of Congress who was slimed by Nixon when she ran against him for the Senate in 1950.) Murray herself ran for Congress in 1946 but lost badly to a Republican incumbent.

But that's all I can come up with, so I don't know if she was always that shrewd or just had one lucky guess.



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