Morning Maddow, January 18

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Morning Maddow, January 18
Morning Maddow, January 18

When they bring the Internet back, someone go to the Wikipedia entry for “dog whistle” and please add the example cited by the Reverend Al Sharpton on our show last night:

[C]learly, South Carolina which is a state who tonight the state capital still has the Confederate flag flying over it, has a real insensitivity to race – the Confederate flag is on the official capital grounds. When you look at the fact that the problem of race as expressed with voter suppression, voter ID, a lot of policies, when you look at last night, how they actually cheered this kind of racial demagoguery that Newt Gingrich came with and booed this black journalist, Juan Williams, a black conservative, on FOX.

This wasn’t Al Sharpton. This wasn’t a civil rights activist. You clearly get the picture that Gingrich and others are playing to an element they believe to be there.

Elsewhere in the news today:

This is what happens when you make the Internet mad.”

Democrats in Congress sound tough about extending the payroll tax cut.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants a 10 percent reduction in taxes (hooray for millionaires?).

And he may get a marriage equality bill on desk, whether he wants it or not.

The recall campaign is still turning backflips of joy in Wisconsin.

Virginia, you still have just Mitt Romney and Ron Paul on the Republican primary ballot – though the GOP is scrapping that loyalty oath.

Oh, hai, John McCain’s entire 2008 opposition research book on Mitt Romney.

And how sharper than a serpent’s tooth.

Morning Maddow, January 18

Updated