Columnist Karen Heck must have missed the last 47 years of Republican ascendancy. The Southern Strategy works. To pretend that the racism, anti-intellectualism and fear-mongering of this group of candidates is anything new indicates that she thinks that all voters belong to Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s “Stupid Party.” Most white voters have been able to break the code used by establishment Republicans for generations.

Mainers elected and re-elected the bully Paul LePage. They know exactly what he means. They like it.

Dennis P. Manning

Hallowell