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Painting Dixie Blue: Can Democrats retake the South? Yes, and here’s how.
Politico Magazine ^ | February 20, 2014 | Scott Arceneaux, executive director, FL Dem. Party

Posted on 02/21/2014 6:17:22 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Often you need to hit bottom before you can start working your way back up. We Southern Democrats are basically at that point. With control of only two of 22 legislative bodies, three of 11 governors’ mansions and precious few other statewide offices, Southern Democrats are an endangered species indeed. In 1969, Republican strategist Kevin Phillips argued that the South was “shaping up as the pillar of a national conservative party.” He was half right: Although Democrats have made great strides elsewhere, between 1992 and 2012 Republicans won the governorships and legislatures of all but two Southern states. The last Democratic presidential candidate to campaign seriously throughout the South was Lyndon Johnson. And this year, Democrats aren’t even fielding a candidate for Alabama’s U.S. Senate race.

The American South has a unique political culture, and as we approach the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, there is no better time to chart where that culture is heading. But it is not the Civil War years in particular that define our region’s politics so much as the 12 years that followed. Reconstruction, that fraught period in our history, rife with misunderstanding and mythical remembering, still haunts the South.

Make no mistake. Politics in the South over the last century and a half has been dominated and driven by one thing: race. From the time federal troops left Florida, Louisiana and South Carolina in 1877—12 years after the end of the war—until today, race, to varying degrees, has been a political constant. From the establishment of Jim Crow laws through Plessy v. Ferguson, Strom Thurmond’s explicitly segregationist run for president, Brown v. Board of Education, Little Rock, Montgomery, Selma, desegregation and George Wallace, the thread is long and clear. Race....

Scott Arceneaux

(Excerpt) Read more at politico.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: blacks; civilwar; confederacy; democrats; gop; racism; south; whites
Race, race, race and race. It's all they have, all they can talk about.
1 posted on 02/21/2014 6:17:23 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

More freebies and give aways, right Scotty?


2 posted on 02/21/2014 6:19:47 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

outlaw the Democrat Party and that’s the end of the problem .


3 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:09 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Race is the key but not for the reason they say.

As part of a lawsuit settlement with the Democrat Party, the Gutless Old Party agreed to not engage in any voter protection initiatives. Two of the clauses read this way:

(e) refrain from undertaking any ballot security activities in polling places or election districts where the racial or ethnic composition of such districts is a factor in the decision to conduct, or the actual conduct of, such activities there and where a purpose or significant effect of such activities is to deter qualified voters from voting; and the conduct of such activities disproportionately in or directed toward districts that have a substantial proportion of racial or ethnic populations shall be considered relevant evidence of the existence of such a factor and purpose;

(f) refrain from having private personnel deputized as law enforcement personnel in connection with ballot security activities.

Democratic National Committee v Republican National Committee Case No. 09-4615 (C.A. 3, Mar. 8, 2012

http://judicialview.com/Court-Cases/Civil-Procedure/Democratic-National-Committee-v-Republican-National-Committee/10/201975

So anyplace they have a “substantial proportion of racial or ethnic populations” the GOP has agreed they can do all the vote fraud they want without interference. Thus all they need is names for ballets to be filled in as needed.


4 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:33 PM PST by Mechanicos (When did we amend the Constitution for a 2nd Federal Prohibition?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
But it is not the Civil War years in particular that define our region’s politics so much as the 12 years that followed. Reconstruction, that fraught period in our history, rife with misunderstanding and mythical remembering cruel subjection, theft, fraud and General Fed Gov Corruption, still haunts haunted the South.
5 posted on 02/21/2014 6:23:34 PM PST by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Conservatives welcome fellow and new conservatives of all races. Witness Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Mia Love, Clarence Thomas, Niger Innis, etc. etc.

This guy is desperate.


6 posted on 02/21/2014 6:24:17 PM PST by Yossarian
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The thing is, both parties are very busy giving away jobs which need to be brought back to America.

We buy TONS of stuff from China, maybe 60% of what is for sale it seems.

Our annual trade deficit with China is 300 billion / month. on US sales to China of less than 150 billion / month.

America needs to bring back American jobs.

I hate to say it, but it is likely Democrats will start advocating for American jobs, before Republicans get out of China’s pocket.

I don’t want the GOP to give America away, but I see no evidence at the moment, that the GOP is for American jobs.

Wake up Republicans.

Bring back American jobs. Now.


7 posted on 02/21/2014 6:24:55 PM PST by Cringing Negativism Network ( http://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/balance/c5700.html#2013)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Yes, ACORN can!
8 posted on 02/21/2014 6:26:44 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The problem is that they listen to Thomas Frank and those types and complain about how republicans are voting against their best interests.
Calling people dumbasses isn’t going to get their vote.


9 posted on 02/21/2014 6:27:06 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Scotty is a screaming Gay Radical leftist.


10 posted on 02/21/2014 6:31:32 PM PST by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think that CW2 will happen before that. There’s no point living, if you can call it that, in a communist tyranny.


11 posted on 02/21/2014 6:41:51 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He’s wrong, because Republicans have great growth potential in the south with Blacks, and to a lesser degree latinos who may be personally conservative, but have voted for Democrat out of habit. The second fact he conveniently forgets is that Christianity still has a huge draw in the south.


12 posted on 02/21/2014 6:42:29 PM PST by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: Mechanicos

Ballots.


13 posted on 02/21/2014 6:51:17 PM PST by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINEhttp://steshaw.org/economics-in-one-lesson/)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This idiot has been claiming this since 2009. He may have an acadian name but he sure as heck does not know dixie OR conservative politics. No doubt his pappy and granpappy rode with the klan


14 posted on 02/21/2014 6:54:15 PM PST by Nifster
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To: Nifster

It says he used to be the Democratic Party chief in Louisiana. What’d they do, kick him out?


15 posted on 02/21/2014 6:55:52 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

My advice? Harakiri.


16 posted on 02/21/2014 7:02:08 PM PST by Bogey78O (We had a good run. Coulda been great still.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lie, cheat, smear, lawsuits, squirrels...


17 posted on 02/21/2014 7:10:12 PM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Mechanicos; 2ndDivisionVet

Now that Republicans have most of the Dixiecrats, who is left for the Democrats to go after?


18 posted on 02/21/2014 7:11:02 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This character is an ignoramus who has little understanding of the South. It’s true that race played a huge role in southern politics during the 1950s and ‘60s and for a few years into the ‘70s. But no one was trying to repeal the Civil Rights Act and race played less and less a role in how white southerners voted.

The Dims lost large numbers of southerners due to their anti-war, anti-American stances beginning during the Vietnam War era and continuing on to the present day. The same goes for the Dims’ leftist, socialist agenda that constantly works toward bigger government and a greater dependency on government by more and more citizens. And their radical versions of feminism and gays rights and their general attempts to undermine traditional values have cost them more voters in the South.

He did make one fairly accurate point, and that is that flooding the South and the US in general will poor and poorly educated Third World immigrants is the Dims’ ticket, and probably their only ticket, to electoral success in the South and elsewhere. That is the only thing that has kept the Dims viable since the 1960s because the extant population from that era (and descendants) has left them and it has had very little to do with race since the early ‘70s.


19 posted on 02/21/2014 7:13:32 PM PST by Will88
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Dmocrats talk a big game, but the fact is that the only states in the South that they have any chance of winning in ten years are Texas and Florida.

Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama will never vote Democrat.


20 posted on 02/21/2014 7:33:06 PM PST by Oliviaforever
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
"Racial equality leads to economic opportunity."

Methinks the writer has the proposition back-asswards.

Further, don't the election of Tim Scott, Alan West, J.C. Watts, et al undermine the writer's premise that the GOP is driven by racism?

And, anyway, why should Southerners suddenly turn left and embrace Communism -- as embodied in today's Democrat party?

21 posted on 02/21/2014 7:49:50 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: FlingWingFlyer

You’re California dreamin Scotty. :-)


22 posted on 02/21/2014 7:50:59 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Oliviaforever

They won’t get Texas if all the California and Northeastern TRUE CONSERVATIVES get out of those places and get down here.


23 posted on 02/21/2014 7:56:08 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: Oliviaforever

If they get Texas the other three states won’t matter.


24 posted on 02/21/2014 8:19:41 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Yes, and if ANYONE knows about racism, it’s you Democrats! You guys invented it.


25 posted on 02/21/2014 8:24:47 PM PST by Dick Bachert (Ignorance is NOT BLISS. It is the ROAD TO SERFDOM! We're on a ROAD TRIP!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
That sumbitch has psycho eyes
26 posted on 02/21/2014 8:26:44 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life's tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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There’s a simple way for the democrats to take over the South but they’ll need the republicans’ help. It’s called amnesty for 11 million, or more, Mexicans.


27 posted on 02/21/2014 9:56:50 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: Oliviaforever

They Texas its game over

Only states in Dixie in danger are those where Yankees and minorities have streamed in

Native whites here can’t hold them off forever

VA.....

FL

NC


28 posted on 02/22/2014 12:42:13 AM PST by wardaddy (Bus to Shreveport... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYF682WYRtw&feature=youtube_gdata_)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The South won’t be as easy a target as they might think. We had a Fair a few months before the last election and I noted a lot of Blacks carrying around yard signs for Romney and almost none for Obama. Even the Southern Blacks knew that Romney was preferable to another 4 years of Obama...


29 posted on 02/22/2014 4:01:45 AM PST by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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