On “Morning Joe” this AM, JoeScar started laying the groundwork for Haley Barbour, claiming that he’s going to be labeled a “racist” by “the media” if he runs against Obama—just because he’s a “white Southerner.”

When Lawrence O’Donnell pointed out that there’s a good reason Southern conservatives have an image problem with race, and JoeScar pulled the classic wingnut bait-and-switch. “But in the ’60s, it was Democrats that were the racists!” Uh-huh.

I’m surprised O’Donnell let himself get sucker-punched so easily. This is one of the oldest tricks in the wingnut playbook book, and very easily refuted.

There’s a reason LBJ said, after signing the Civil Rights Act of 1964, “We have lost the South for a generation.”

Try two, Lyndon.