Don’t know much about history

President Obama explains his unpopularity in Texas, saying “Texas has always been a pretty Republican state, for, you know, historic reasons.” Good grief. Just one data point: Republicans took control of the Texas legislature for the first time since Reconstruction in 2002.

Glenn Reynolds piles on:

Apparently, when Obama taught Constitutional Law he never got around to teaching the Texas White (Democratic) Primary cases. Or talking about which side was which in the Civil War . . . .

. . . It was the Texas Democrats who excluded black voters (and Mexican-Americans) from their primaries (and then dodged further with the Jaybird Democratic Association when the courts struck down the White Primaries). This is a major set of cases under state action, and I’m surprised that Obama is unfamiliar with this history. I wonder what he covered in his Constitutional Law classes?

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