I agree with much of this. Democrats are, of course, nonsensical race-baiters and opportunists, and would have loved to continue to lie about Trent Lott's ideas --- he's clearly not a racist, and enjoys broad support among Blacks in Mississippi --- in order to beat up the GOP. Unfortunately, many in the GOP lack the guts to challenge the Democrat race hustlers, even though an increasing number of Blacks are leaving the Liberal plantation.
I also agree that blatant racism is obnoxious. And, like most Conservatives, I reject true racism ab initio. Unfortunately, too many Americans --- and most in the so-called "mainstream" media and the Demoncrats --- are too stupid to recognize the difference between racism and trying to say something complimentary to a 100-year-old man who made perhaps the most amazing political journey in American history on race.
Finally, I would disagree that the GOP has EVER tried to sell racism to any of the population. Most opponents of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were southern DEMONCRATS. The GOP led the nation in a Civil War to end slavery for Blacks. It was Democrat Woodrow Wilson who RE-segregated the Federal government. It was the GOP who made Klansman David Duke persona non grata when he tried to claim the GOP banner in Louisiana, even causing Ronald Reagan to violate his so-called "Eleventh Commandment."
The GOP has gotten a bad rap over the years. And it's not because of any inherent racism in the party or its policies. It's because the greatest thinkers in the GOP are not willing to bastardize the Constitution in order to pander to any discrete, insular group, and because most in the GOP believe in the great dissent of Justice John Marshall Harlan in Plessy v. Ferguson, which validated segregation: "Our Constitution is color-blind, and neither knows nor tolerates classes among its citizens."