To be fair, it’s not a bad thing for Republicans to “get religion” on this issue. In Judaism, every sinner is entitled to repetance if it’s sincere. But are Frist’s motives sincere? Obviously not. This picture is so perfectly posed with arms tightly clasped, the circle perfectly joined, the participants singing the civil rights anthem in unison, that it’s clearly staged with a view toward how it will look to the African-Americans and white Americans sympathetic to the civil rights movement.
According to an Associated Press story, Republicans Visit Civil Rights Sites, reported in the Los Angeles Times, one of those who encouraged this Southern civil rights tour was:
GOP pollster Frank Luntz, who went last year and urged others to go this time, said Republicans could win more black support.
Well, I’ve got news for Luntz, Frist and all those other Southern white Senators: it’s gonna take a lot more than a single photo opportunity or even a tour down the South’s civil rights memory lane for them to overcome the sins of their racist past. They have a lot of atoning to do.