Many of my Southern acquaintances like to claim that the South has been transformed since the bad old days of lynchings and juries freeing KKK murderers etc back in the 50's, 60's and 70's. These "It's a New South" claims have some evidence in support when you look at urbanization and industrialization in some pockets of the South. But then we get news stories like these:
Thursday, April 08, 2010
The Republican Governor of Virginia recently declared April to be "Confederate History Month." His declaration praised the "sacrifices" of Confederate troops but made no mention at all slavery. I'm sure he doesn't have Fort Pillow or Andersonville in mind either.
Then we have Congressman Broun (R-GA) who made reference to the "War of Yankee Agression" in his critical remarks about health insurance reform. What's next beating Senator Feingold (D- WI) into a coma on the floor of the Senate over his vote in favor of health care reform?
What does this have to do with the price of eggs you may ask? Well, I think it shows that the Republicans are "doubling down" on Nixon's Southern Strategy. It means they are not serious about amending their rhetoric or positions to be more broadly competive on a regular basis outside the narrow demographic of White rural, and Southern voters.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 3:04 PM