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Thursday, February 18, 2010

The past is prologue

Posted By on Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Gene Lyons' column today (and here in Salon) has already dealt with the error in saying the death of segregationist politician Jim Johnson is the end of an era in racial politics.

Here's another bit on that theme from Gail Collins, in a column about the big Conservative PAC convention.

The workshops and panels range from “Is It Time for a Catholic Tea Party?” to “Getting Started in Hollywood.” But the one that caught my eye was “When All Else Fails: Nullification and State Resistance to Federal Tyranny.”

How many of you out there thought we had settled the question of whether states have the right to nullify federal laws during the Lincoln administration? Can I see a show of hands?

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