Through its former executive editor, Howell Raines, the New York Times blasted Republican governors who removed the Confederate flag, which Democratic governors resurrected in the 1960s as a symbol of white supremacy.
Raines, originally from Alabama, penned "The Dream World of the Southern Republicans," in which he took umbrage at the removal of these flags without crossing the legislative T's and dotting the judicial I's. Specifically, he blasted Republican Governor Robert J. Bentley
From the New York Times: "Mr. Bentley recently took a page from the Obama playbook and used a surprise executive order to remove four Confederate flags from the Alabama Capitol grounds, not far from the very spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as president of the Confederacy."
Poor Howell Raines. The Republican governor did not fit the Rainesian stereotype of mouth-breathing conservatives who hate black people.
In fact Governor Bentley showed Raines's stereotype is as false as a story by Jayson Blair, the reporter whose make believe stories cost Raines his job in 2003.
Raines is 72 still battling battle that were won 51 years ago when Republicans broke the Democratic filibuster on civil rights.
And no, dearie, the Democrats who voted against civil rights did not switch parties. Only one did. Others stayed and the biggest racist in the pack -- klansman Robert C. Byrd -- became the Senate Democratic leader.
Democrats put the flag up. Republicans tore it down.