It's hard to say which is more disturbing; Mr. Tancredo's apparent call for reviving voting laws that were a lynch pin of Southern white supremacy, or the massive round of applause he received for saying it. Yes, these people really are racists. If there was any doubt, Mr. Tancredo dispelled it. Take for example the ovation Mr. Tancredo got for saying he was glad John McCain lost because McCain was for "amnesty."
Much of Mr. Tancredo's speech was channeling Glenn Beck. "Boiled frog" was a giveaway, along with the "committed socialist ideologue" smear.
But as always for Mr. Tancredo, the real battle is defending "white culture."
"Some things we can deal with in just a political way, which is, you know, by the votes we cast. Other things will require a commitment to passing on our culture. And we really do have one, you know. It is based on Judeo-Christian principles, whether people like it or they don't. That's who we are. That is who we are. And if you don't like it, don't come here. And if you're here and you don't like it, go home! Go someplace else!"
Thanks to Mr. Tancredo's incendiary remarks, the Convention did nothing to silence critics who say the teabag movement depends on racial extremists.