Sunday, November 25, 2012

The so-called "Southern Strategy" has failed the Republicans in the last two elections and it looks like it will continue to fail moving forward.

Courtesy of the Washington Post:

 Late on election night, a small melee erupted at the University of Mississippi here when a group of white students frustrated by the reelection of President Obama marched outside and began shouting racial slurs at African American students. Several hundred people gathered to watch as two white students were arrested. 

“Mississippi still has a lot of work to do in race relations,” said Kimbrely Dandridge, an African American Obama supporter and president of the student body.

Yet even as that incident evoked ugly memories of an earlier era, Election Day in the South told a newer and more surprising story: The nation’s first black president finished more strongly in the region than any other Democratic nominee in three decades, underscoring a fresh challenge for Republicans who rely on Southern whites as their base of national support. 

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi — despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states. 

Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOP’s future. 

In every Southern state except Louisiana, the population of African Americans grew substantially faster than that of whites over the past decade. The growth is fueled by black retirees from the north and rising numbers of young, well-educated blacks in prosperous cities such as Atlanta, Norfolk, Charlotte and Charleston, S.C. 

 It is safe to assume that there was a marked increase in African American support for Democrats in these last two elections due to man at the top of the ticket, however I think it is becoming pretty clear that playing racial politics when you are rapidly becoming the minority is a no win strategy for the GOP.

My assumption is that once they recognize this they will try to come at it from another angle, but to be honest, considering the falling number of white voters and evangelicals in this country, I don't see what other path lays before them that will work as effectively as the faith based approach and the racist one.

Is it really possible that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Republican party?


  1. Anonymous4:08 PM

    wow. i remember that creepy old man with the monkey - can you believe we survived that crap and elected such a wonderful president?

  2. Anonymous4:08 PM

    I live in the South....I hate to admit it but I came for the work (which has since disappeared) and the southern redneck mentality is so strong it's frightening. The blatant racism and hatred for our president because of his skin color is real and abundant.

    1. GOP governors like unemployment - sad.

      off topic
      No doubt you have all seen it - but I just found it - Sarah can't help herself - even at family Thanksgiving

    2. Anonymous8:21 PM

      I think screech is wearing that big scarf because she is embarrassed about how bad the boob job turned out

  3. Yes, we probably are seeing the end of the Republican party as we have known it. But I don't think its successor is going to be something to like. Think about the teabagger/evangelical/secessionist creeps and worry.

  4. I hope its the end of the republican party, but party will raise its ugly head to replace the repugs?

  5. Anonymous4:34 PM

    The creepy guy with the monkey was filmed in Johnstown, PA (smack dab in the middle of "cling to guns and religion" territory), unfortunately, filmed about 30 miles from where I live. Around here, few of the low information voters have a mind of their own - they do EXACTLY what the Catholic priests, the evangelical preachers and the NRA tells them to do. It is actually frightening how closed minded and racist rural Pennsylvanians are. I was actually surprised that President Obama won PA, as most of the idiots in this part of the state were voting Romney because "Obama would force us all to get abortions, take away our guns, and make us all into socialist Muslims - plus he's not white."

  6. Anonymous4:37 PM

    Racism is a profoundly disturbing thing but Obama was just re-elected despite the racists. I believe as the world becomes more interconnected it will decrease but it will take many years.

    1. Anonymous6:30 PM

      My grandmother's generation worried about Swedes marrying Italians. My grandchildren are beautifully mixed race. So yes, things will change but very slowly.

  7. Anonymous4:58 PM

    IS this the end of the GOP ? One can only hope. The REAL problem is that there will still be those types of people around that their current approach to society appeals to. It's not the GOP we need to be rid of,'s the Neanderthal regressive thinking behind their behavior.

  8. Anonymous5:01 PM

    I think that as the fat, ugly white guys in the Republican party die off, racism will go away. Don't forget that our young citizens are not racist as they are totally aware that 'whites' are becoming the minority. They are living very well w/Latinos, Asians and blacks across the nation.

    I can hardly wait to see the demise of the likes of McCain and'll be a much nicer world!

    1. Anonymous5:59 PM

      YES! And as a "white," doesn't bother me one bit! After all, we took this country from the "red man."

  9. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Come on Gryphen , do you really think the GOP vote was on any thing but color?
    You and I BOTH know better, quit putting crap on the 'net

  10. Anonymous5:16 PM

    OT - sorry - but since evangelicals did get mentioned, I thought I'd throw this in here. It looks like the New Apostolic Reformation (aka the Seven Mountain Mandate folk) have a murderer in their midst.

  11. Anita Winecooler6:50 PM

    The demise of the GOP, of course! Racism is the tip of the iceberg, The demographics with African American, Latino, and Women along with the middle class, working poor, and poor don't bode well for the GOP, and it can't be "fixed" in four, six or ten years.
    The Democrats clearly have a jump start, and are already building on their findings. The GOP is in deep denial, once you lose trust of a majority of people, how do you begin to make things right? And why haven't they started?

    1. Leland2:08 AM

      Where do we start?

      I can think of one place that make me smile from ear to ear - Faux News.

      And if you REALLY want to see me grin, take Rupert Murdock with them.

      ANd if you REALLY AND TRULY want to see a smile outshine the sun, give us a law like Canada where the news stations are required to talk only about the NEWS and their "comments" can only be made in an obvious way instead of as news. (Canadians? Did I state that correctly?)

  12. Anonymous7:00 PM

    As the gay minister who performed the quickie wedding between me and my boyfriend of nine years so that I can go my BF's insurance so that we might be able to afford to have a baby said, in reference to rights of women and gays: You can't go back, there's no going back.

    1. Anonymous10:00 PM

      Congrats and best wishes on a sure-to-be grand addition to the IM family-!!!!!!

      And thanks for planning ahead carefully, lovingly and thoughfully, UNLIKE (oh, nevermind, they don't deserve any more attention....)

      Wild Tortoise

  13. Anonymous7:32 PM

    Southern Strategy didn't fail. Not yet, but it is failing. or flailing. Paraphrasing mrmix at BJ, when you mess with people's voting rights in order to secure your preferred outcome, they tend to want to kick your ass. But that's not a uniquely southern thing, because we saw it in OH, PA, WI... and they even tried it here in MN with an amendment. Florida is something else.
    But the other suddenly mainstream thing that came from election day 2012 is that gaybashing in any form is losing it's appeal in a hurry. Again, MN voters wanted to kick their asses, the silly and brief GOP majorities in our little house and senate.
    Which is all a long way to my point: Disco as a political movement. BBC has it in fine detail.

    Here's an extended Donna Summer video

  14. Anonymous4:15 AM

    It distresses me greatly that the nasty old man in the photo to the left is holding Curious George. Curious George has been part of our family for generations now and means love and security for very small children. He should never be used to symbolize hatred.

  15. Not What You Want to Hear4:36 AM

    Gryphen: "Is it really possible that we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Republican party?"

    No, in fact, they're surprisingly more in power than one would think considering what they did to this country during the Bush years.

    They also hold far more power at the state level than Democrats. My understanding is there are 14 states with Democratic governors and legislative majorities, compared to 24 states with Republican governors and legislative majorities.

    In other words, Republicans hold more power than Democrats at the state level, which also happens to be a level that can more directly and immediately impact us.


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