Skip to comments.Election nearly wipes out white Southern Democrats
Posted on 11/05/2010 12:20:19 PM PDT by Colofornian
The white Southern Democrat...is sliding nearer to extinction.
...The carnage...was...brutal in the Deep South, where...one white Democrat survived across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
"Right now in most of Dixie it is culturally unacceptable to be a Democrat...," said Dave...Saunders, a campaign strategist...
Democrats...lost at least 19 Southern House members and...senator Blanche Lincoln...the most conservative Democrats...four-term Rep. Jim Marshall of Georgia and 10-term Rep. Gene Taylor of Mississippi couldn't withstand the wave. It also snared ...veterans...John Spratt of South Carolina,... 14-term chairman of the House Budget Committee, and 14-term Rep. Rick Boucher of Virginia.
When the new Congress convenes...there will be at most 16 white Southern Democratic House members...of 105 seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Two races in Virginia and Kentucky were still too close to call, so the total could be...14.
With...exceptions...Mississippi and Louisiana, Republicans control statehouses across the South. They picked up North Carolina and Alabama...
The legislatures are likely to loop more conservatives into swing districts that still vote Democratic, making it even harder for white Southerners to hold on in the future.
The party's conservative Blue Dog coalition...lost more than half of its 54 members...
Marshall and Blue Dog co-chairman Jim Matheson, D-Utah, said the party needs more centrist leadership, suggesting Speaker Nancy Pelosi should step aside.
"She was certainly an issue in many races, including mine," said Matheson..."I think there's an argument you gotta shake things up."
Saunders...said the party got off track by focusing...on...health care...which...was too big and confusing, and played into Republican criticism of government run amok.
"The idea that government can force you to buy health insurance just goes against the independent spirit...It's a cultural thing. Democrats just don't get the culture down here."
(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...
The total could be 21 House losses, depending upon two races too close to call.
From the article: When the new Congress convenes...there will be at most 16 white Southern Democratic House members...of 105 seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Two races in Virginia and Kentucky were still too close to call, so the total could be...14.
From the article: The party's conservative Blue Dog coalition...lost more than half of its 54 members...
We ain’t hiring no democrats.
D*mn, it’s Sarah’s fault.
“From the article: The party’s conservative Blue Dog coalition...lost more than half of its 54 members...”
Can you believe that LSM talking points is that the election was not a repudiation of their wacko policies, because it was the moderates and conservative dems that lost, and therefore the lesson is they weren’t liberal enough?
(As somebody headlined on FR on Election Night, wave bye-bye to the wicked witch of the West! Everybody now: "Ding-dong...)
From the article: Saunders...said the party got off track by focusing...on...health care...which...was too big and confusing, and played into Republican criticism of government run amok. "The idea that government can force you to buy health insurance just goes against the independent spirit...It's a cultural thing. Democrats just don't get the culture down here."
That culture streak extends well beyond the South!!! I don't need Nanny Sam and Nursey Pam!!!
I think Sen. Landrieu may have a “conversion” soon.
Being from the south, I can tell you the title to this article hit the nail on the head...I actually said this Tuesday...
I grew up in Gene Taylor’s district and I can tell you...all my friends and family are still there....and I can attest to this...MY MOM IS A PRIME EXAMPLE....She finally in the last year shed her “Southern Democrat” side and now claims to be “Conservative”.... we shall see....
Pack yer bags losers, the train is leaving and you will be on it!
Better yet, just lay on the track.
Gotta love the spin here. In other words, the switch is all a result of the GOP's "racist" strategy.
Yup. I'm sure the EPA (The Employment Prevention Agency masquerading as the Environmental Protection Agency) will try to step in with new regulations...they'll claim the White Democrat is too close to extinction...and they'll need "special regulatory protections enacted"...
Woo hoo!! Congratulations Southern Tea Partiers!! Great job!!
Rebellion is brewing!!
Vote the corrupt bastards OUT!!
A rat is a rat is a rat, blue, green, lavender or chartreuse. Hell...polka dot as well!
I spent some time in Gene Taylor’s district (at Keesler AFB) during my military career. Taylor was, for many years, the most conservative Democrat in the House. Unfortunately, he thought his own popularity could trump party affiliation. Mr. Taylor was wrong, and that’s why he’s now a former Congressman.
I’m not an insider by any means, but I know a few folks in the GOP establishment in Mississippi. Republicans approached Taylor on multiple occasions about switching parties, with the promise that he wouldn’t lose his seniority for committee assignments, etc. Taylor always rejected the overtures, believing he could keep getting re-elected in his district.
If the Congressman had followed the example of Senator Richard Shelby in neighboring Alabama, he could have made the switch easily, and would have won re-election as a Republican with little effort.
Someone ought to change the name of the “Blue Dogs” to the “Dead Dogs.” And that raises another question: how many of the surviving Blue Dogs will try to change parties in the weeks ahead?
You just know that “Mudcat” Saunders, the guy who helped sneak Jim “Born Idiot” Webb into office in 2006 by telling him to pretend to be a good ole boy, is clenched up right now. He knows that despite his image as a “conservative” Rat and the whole “Born Fighting” thing, Webb is going to be a VERY tough sell in a Virginia that’s suddenly woken up and realized that at least south of the Rappahannock, it’s still a conservative state.
There is such a thing as "guilt by association." (And "corporate guilt.") It's called aiding and abetting...and being more a part of the problem than the solution.
Reconstruction came in three phases. Presidential Reconstruction 1863-66 was controlled by Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, with the goal of speedily reuniting the country. Their moderate programs were opposed by the Radical Republicans, a political faction that gained power after the 1866 elections and began Radical Reconstruction, 1866-1873 emphasizing civil rights and voting rights for the Freedmen. A Republican coalition of Freedmen, Carpetbaggers and Scalawags controlled most of the southern states. In the so-called Redemption, 1873-77, white supremacist Southerners (calling themselves “Redeemers”) defeated the Republicans and took control of each southern state, marking the end of Reconstruction.
The 133 year scourge of the Dummies is OVER!!!
These Blue Dogs knew what they were in for when they voted for 0bamacare. I guess they figured Hussain’s magic would somehow protect them. Well, it’s hard to feel bad for them. Bye Bye ...Don’t let the door hit you in the a$$.