So someone who claims descent from Jefferson Davis made a fool of himself at CPAC, asking why a slaveowner should apologize to a former slave “for giving him shelter and food.” (No, seriously. At least he didn’t point out that slaveowners were the first “job creators.”)

And of course all of Blue Blogistan is having a fine time pointing and laughing at the futility of Republican plans for “outreach.”

I don’t want to be a spoilsport, but I think everyone is missing the news here. Even at CPAC, the crowd mostly gasps in horror (the face of the girl in the first row [about 1:30] is priceless). No one applauds.

No, that shouldn’t count as progress in the Party of Lincoln. But even in the most neo-Confederate sector of what has become the Party of Calhoun, you can’t actually get away with defending slavery. Color me slightly cheered up.

Footnote When a white Southerner says “I’ve studied English literature an’ stuff” in the course of a rant on racial inferiority, I wonder whether he’s aware of what the rest of us are thinking.

[Originally posted at The Reality-based Community]

Mark Kleiman

Mark Kleiman is a professor of public policy at the New York University Marron Institute.