Tom Cordle

Tom Cordle
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I believe that in essence We are God. That is to say, humankind, for all it's faults, has power over Good and Evil. As the Eden Tale intimates, humans alone, in all Creation, have "eaten" from the the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil; and thus humans alone, in all Creation, have the ability and responsibility to choose between the two. Thus, each of us is in essence a god, and the Sum of us, through all generations past, present and future is God. By those choices, we are the creators of what was, what is and what will be. And by those choices, we, collectively, choose whether to exist here and now in the Kingdom of Heaven or in a Living Hell. _________________________________ "I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and incur my own abhorrence." Frederick Douglass _________________________________ "You can't pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you don't have any boots, and you can't put yourself in another's shoes -- you can't even try on their socks." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "I prefer silent vice to ostentatious virtue." Albert Einstein _________________________________ Only in silence can your hear the voice of God." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Martin Luther King, Jr" ____________________________________ "Racists can hide in the closet, but the smell usually gives them away." Soulofhawk _________________________________ "Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it." Mark Twain ____________________________ "When we are young, Death comes as an unwelcome stranger; but as we get nearer the end of our own too-often rocky road, he comes more and more to resemble a long, lost acquaintance." Soulofhawk ____________________________________ “When monetary gain is involved, mans capacity for self-delusion is infinite.” Lord Byron _________________________________ "Where greed is good, need is great." Soulofhawk _________________________________ “And let it be noted that there is no more delicate matter to take in hand, nor more doubtful in its success, than to set up as a leader in the introduction of change. For he who innovates will have as his enemies all who are well off under the existing order of things, and only lukewarm supporters in those who might be better off under the new. This lukewarm temper arises partly from the incredulity of mankind, who will never admit the merit of anything new, until they have seen it proven by the event.” Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, Chapter VI _________________________________ "if a man falls from a pedestal, who is really to blame -- the man or those who put him up there?" Soulofhawk ____________________________________ "The history of any country, presented as the history of a family, conceals fierce conflicts of interest (sometimes exploding, most often repressed) between conquerors and conquered, masters and slaves, capitalists and workers, dominators and dominated in race and sex. And in such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people, as Albert Camus suggested, not to be on the side of the executioners." Howard Zinn _______________________________ "The worst thing to be around a bigot is right." Soulofhawk ______________________________

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NOVEMBER 7, 2012 2:45PM

Southern Strategy: A Eulogy

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, Southern Strategy died after a long bout with cancer. At such a time, it’s considered proper to offer condolences and to praise certain aspects of a life, particularly a life that figured so prominently in politics for over half-a-century. Indeed, Southern Strategy played a pivotal role in the election of the late and unlamented Richard Nixon and the late and inexplicably-idolized Ronald Reagan.

But I have come not to praise, but to bury Southern Strategy, and I find no more fitting words than those offered in the deathbed confession of dedicated follower Lee Atwater:

You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968 you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now, you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."

No, I will not mourn the passing of such a despicable villain; but I’m sorry to say, many will, particularly those who profited from their association. That includes George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Karl Rove. Indeed, Rove's dream of a Permanent Republican Majority has most likely come to an end.

The Bible tells us “you will know them by their fruits”, and Southern Strategy brought forth strange fruit … bitter fruit … poisonous fruit. So on this solemn occasion, there will be no tears and no mourning, no wailing and gnashing of teeth, no sackcloth and ashes.

Let me close, with the words of William Shakespeare, words from a eulogy offered for another tyrant:

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”

The sad truth is there is no good to inter with the bones of Southern Strategy, but alas, the evil lives on. Let us hope and pray that evil passes away soon as well.

©2012 Tom Cordle

 

 

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Let it stand alone on a hill, drying in the sun and waiting for the wind to take it.
It's clear that the white racists gave it their best shot on the politics of personal destruction this election cycle. The theory was that their declining demographic base in 2012 could give them a chance of holding onto power for another ten years until the bad news from the Census Bureau came in about those pesky minority groups.

Having listened to Mike Huckabee on the radio this morning, it's clear that the cons are still in a state of denial. But they will eventually have to come to grips with the fact that a clear majority of Americans do not agree with their vision of the world. Last night Chuck Todd said that the GOP will have to do some serious navel gazing.

If the GOP is to maintain any long term viability, it will have to either become more Hispanic friendly or it will have to become more pro-choice. I think that because of its racist component, it will be easier for the Republif*ks to keep the "we hate Mexicans" part of its platform.

What the GOPsters will find easier and more painful to do in the short run is to become pro choice. Women are there for the picking by Republicans, but this will mean basically disenfranchising all of the nutjob fundies, who will be encouraged to go back to their churches to pray -- free of the godlessness of American politics. With an anti-immigrant pro woman platform, the GOP can then make a stronger appeal to white working class people.

But it's so hard to deal with reality when you've spent your life living in cloud cuckoo-land.
alsoknownas
If that's an allusion, I don't where it's from. But in any case, I like it.

Lefty
I'll pass on what I said to Ted Frier on his post:

Rapproachment is absolute anathema to the Teapartians, and as they've proven time and again, they'd much rather fall on their ideological swords than actually do the hard work of governing. The Insane Clown Posse are Pyrrhicists of the first -- and worst -- order.

My prediction? Eric Can'tor replaces Boehner, and Republicans double-down on obstructionism. Certainly, that's the crown of thorns Mitch McConnell threw at Obama after his re-election.

I also predict that if they do so, the death knell will toll for the Republican Party. Demographics no longer favor bending over for the old, angry, racist white base. The only question that remains is how much longer a racist asshole like Jim DeMint can survive even in South Carolina, given that state's changing demographics.
Let's hope that somewhere, some time, someone will find a stake to drive through the heart of this beast. R&R
Tom Cordle,

You are a sexy beast.

Karl Rove's career in political science ended yesterday, as evidenced by his argument with Fox News brass. Rove's mistake, like many conservatives, was the erroneous assumption the re-election of George W. was indicative of a popular desire for conservative policies.

In 2004 people were scared, and to many voters it seemed safer to vote for the man who directly dealt with 9/11 than an intellectual like John Kerry. Fear, as it always does, ebbed along with the need to feel secure. Without fear there is no reason to vote for a belligerent nationalist.

Karl Rove only understands fear, and the Southern Strategy capitalizes on it. The white establishment in the South is anything if not xenophobic, and as Bill O'Reilly put it last night that white establishment is now --thankfully-- a minority.

Death of Southern Strategy indeed.
"Indeed, Rove's dream of a Permanent Republican Majority has most likely come to an end. "

it was painful to watch him on FoxNews last night when his crew tried to call Ohio for Obama...he was arguing and it was very interesting to view the crumbling of an empire on national TV
I experienced schadenfreude watching Rove's freak-out on Fox News last night. It was the moment he realized his dream had died and that he was no longer relevant.
ain't gonna pass, built into the dna of humanity.


onl may be right to suggest the republicans give up the religious nutters to bring women into the tent. but that seems like a very short term solution, as the latino demographic will continue to grow while women are pretty much fixed at 50%.

in truth, there is nothing sensible you can say about the federal system of the usa. it is locked in a time loop by the constitution, frozen in place by deliberate design of its writers.
jmac
I've said it for some time -- Rove's reputation as a political genius is grossly overrated. From the beginning, it was a wrong-headed decision to turn out the brain-dead base at the expense of everything else. Some will say that's counter-factual -- well, let's look at the record:

(1) Rove helped get Junior Bush, scion of a wealthy, well-connected Texas-based oil family, elected governor of Texas. That certainly didn't take a genius.

(2) In 2000, Rove's candidate Junior Bush lost the popular vote by over half-a-million votes. Despite that defeat, he was appointed President thanks to political influence exerted by daddy's right-hand man Jim Baker and extraordinary overstepping by conservative Supreme Court justices.

(3) In 2004, Rove's candidate Junior Bush only eked out a victory over a lackluster Democratic opponent despite being a sitting President in war time.

(4) In 2006, Rove badly misjudged the outcome of the midterms. Turdblossom's star was on the wane.

(5) In 2008, Rove helped pull off the impossible. Thanks to eight years of horrible governance by Rove's boy Junior Bush, the people elected a black man President.

(6) In 2010, Rove was in the right place at the right time and benefited from the Teapartian aberration and the disenchantment of the Lofty Left. He leveraged that happy accident into a money train by promising fat-cats to get the Permanent Republican Majority back on track.

(7) In 2012, despite Rove spending hundreds of millions of dirty money PAC dollars, Republicans lost again -- badly.

As I said, it appears the Permanent Republican Majority express has derailed. Does that mean it's the end of the road for Rove? Probably not, because it's apparent you don't have to have good sense to have lots of money, and some fat cats don't learn from their mistakes. As long as Rove can continue to fool some of the wealthiest people some of the time, I'm afraid he'll continue to be an annoyance.
Stuart
Sexy? Maybe, once upon a time. Beastly? Yes. Bill O'Reilly appears to have gotten the message -- however reluctantly.Rush Limbaugh, Charles Krauthammer and the rest of the addled at Fux News haven't. It will be interesting, indeed, in coming days, to see who gets thrown overboard by the Rabid Right.
Cranky Cuss
Yes, Rove clung to the flotsam as he watched all those PAC money dollars drifting away from him on the changing tide. It will be interesting to see what happens at Fux News.

I thot by now Rupert would have rolled left to follow the money. But I guess when you have as much money as he does, and you can see the dark at the end of the tunnel of life, and you know that you can't take it with you, well, I guess the idea must be to dance with the one that brung ya.
Heidi
Sorry I leaped-frogged you. Good news from Wisconsin last night, tho I was sorry to see Ayn Ryan win his House seat back. Otherwise, last night did not bode well for Worm Walker's chance of re-election.
Al
Well, you certainly are consistent -- but as Emerson put it "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds".

Yes, our Federal system is clunky, but on the whole it served us pretty well for two centuries. And yes, the old clunker is in need of an overhaul, but I don't think it's beyond repair.
Seer
Thanks for the kind words, and you can rest easy on one score at least -- I will be President of the United States before Mitch "The Mausoleum" McConnell. On the other hand, the prospect of me as President is truly discomfiting.

That doesn't mean there's no cause for concern, Mitch is dangerous in the same way a cockroach is dangerous -- it ain't so much what he eats, but what he messes up and leaves behind.
Congratulation for ` a Deserved` Editor Pick.
Maybe a editor give You` a Pink` Afro-Comb.
Global economyies Be` a Fake` Fool-Fantasy.
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He wrote about `The Fall Of A Roman Empire.
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No gnashing of teeth in my house Tom.

A moment here to congratulate those with brains.. us.

Karl Rove? Think he'll disappear, as would be apt? I dunno. Is Cheney's heart pump still a pumpin'? Ain't heard much from the Dickster.

Heard on the radio today that 50,000 latin peoples turn 18 each and every month.

Todd "legitimate rape, social security is a cancer" Akins went down in flames in my new home state of Missouri. I won't piss on that fire. Who would?

Yeah, the southern strategy is dead. No gnashing, no sack cloth.

Am curious as are you I'm sure to see where it goes from here. The sequestration cliff looms large. Will big O hold tough, with the veto pen if necessary, to get these ridiculous Bush tax cuts killed?
Time to make a stand I say.

Will he call off the pit bulls of the war on "drugs" in Colorado and Washington (and Mass, and Cali, etc)?

Much drama ahead, but for now, a huge sigh of relief -- for all of us, even those who know no better.
while racism was liberally peppered throughout this campaign, it is not racism or any other ism that drives the right: it is economics and the too close for comfort vision of owing it all. Not having it Tom because having it isn't enough. They must own it. They want to make the world an at their beck and call workforce of slaves.

These spoiled inbred douchbags fear everything that is raw Americanism. They're afraid the lower and middle classes will wake up and realize as they start empathizing with one another that they share more than they differ about. It's all about diversions. Keep them slugging it out outside while they rob the place blind.
Mitch McConnell is too unattractive physically to be a viable candidate. No way around that. If he was that close to executive office, people would start calling him Yertle.

You're right about the Southern Strategy. Unlike the rest of country, here we had lousy election results
The Strategery will continue because it is of the undead. It will expire with its promoters and consumers in about 20 years. It works in the South, ya know... They'll just tweak the dog whistles back up out of the range of human hearing. That way only the life forms that want to hear it can, and those of us who speak dog can take notes.

Anyway, they have to target Blacks without pissing off Latinos, an attempt to suppress contempt which will make their lil' heads explode.
The tables have definitely turned. It's now up to the Dem's to blow it, as did the Repugs. I don't think Obama will. He's way too smart and strategic. I don't expect him to alienate them, and in return his greatest critics this second term will not necessarily come from the right.

And that, my friend, could lead the way to a Democratic majority that could last beyond his presidency.

Take care of yourself, Hillary, it could well be your turn next.
The Southern Strategy will die as a certain generation passes. The overwhelming support of young voters for President Obama tells the story. We truly are a different world, and the old guard's time is well over. The slime peddlers like Rove are facing their end of days.
/r
I would like to believe but in my state of Arizona the nutjobs still run everything and that is still partly due to the out of state dollars that seems to kill any good propositions that we manage to get on the ballot. Not to mention the election of our parasitic rubes, the goofiest collect of reprobates the world has ever known. You can’t spell crazy without R-AZ in it.

Everyone here knows it’s the illegal immigrants that are the cause of ALL our problems, yet we are last in spending for education and first in corrections, due to the private prison industry buying our legislature.

I hope you are right, but I’m afraid I won’t be alive to see it. I just hope Obama can go to the center without giving away everything just to get a deal. I hope he calls them out for their obstructionism. They are not patriots but scoundrels by not doing what is best for the country as a whole and not just their rich masters. Rated.
I think you’re premature tom. Remember how after the 2008 election lots of folks were speculating that the Republican Party was dead for at least a generation? Yet two years later they trounced the Dems and with a dismal candidate came pretty close to unseating a popular sitting President.

While the demographics are working against them, they start from a solid base. RCP’s “Solid for Romney” states made up 191 electoral votes and he won only one “swing” state – North Carolina, by 51-48. Of the 23 solids, his smallest winning margin was 8% and many were won by over 15% (I haven’t done a thorough analysis yet). Obama won several states by less than 5% so the Repubs aren’t far off. Nothing anytime soon looks to erode that 191 and a handful of this year’s swing states could easily go the other way.

Nonetheless, as you and others have pointed out, the demographics are against them. I don’t see them backing away from their anti-abortion stance so what does that leave? I’d say immigration. If they’re going to liberalize in the slightest then this is the way to go. They can stanch the losses of the Latino vote and minus this issue, they could be in a position to make a “family values” pitch.

In the meantime I expect to see a dandy dust-up between those who say they lost because they didn’t have a real conservative and others who see that the party has listed much too far to the right.
"Boo hoo! They took our slaves away! No fair! We'll never forgive them for that!" (Theme Song of the Neo-Confederates and of Sons & Daughters of Our Precious Southern Legacy).

Let's hope this is the last gasp of the Southern Strategy. But I fear, like the fiends in monster movies, they may come back again despite all appearances of being gone for good.
Tom,

Does this mean I don't have to hear about this BS from you and OS anymore?
Art
Get back on your meds ;-)

Tr ig
I smell change in the air, too. Then again it could be just the small change I have in my pocket -- which is about all I have in my pocket any more.
Foolish Monkey
Time and again I have tried to explain to plutocrats that third-worlding the US isn't good for them either, as history makes plain. I also advise them to read Hobbes, the father of modern conservatism who made the point even more succinctly. Why do we need govt, he asked: "Because even the strongest man must eventually sleep."

But since most plutocrats don't pay attention to history or philosophy, I suggest they look to present-day Mexico, where obscene wealth doesn't make you a role model -- it makes you a target. That's certainly not my idea of success, and having to travel with armed body-guards is not my idea of freedom.
Kosher
Mitch McConnell looks like and embalming experiment that went bad

Paul
If the Rightwingnuts follow their usual pattern, they'll try to pit brown against black.
Ben
What I'd like to see ideally is Joe Biden and/or Hilary get bumped upstairs -- say the Supreme Court, and get someone younger and attractive groomed as Obama's replacement in 2016- say Martin O'Malley, governor of Maryland. That's not going to happen, of course.
onislandtime
Are you suggesting that like Mark Twain, the rumors of the demise of Southern Strategy are exaggerated? This may well be a bit of wishful thinking on my part, but I truly believe demographics will make it all but impossible for Republicans to profit from this insidious and poisonous strategy much of anywhere outside the Deep South. Virginia is definitely purple and North Carolina looks to be in play -- as does Florida. Wyoming, Idaho and Arizona are about the only places in the West where that tactic has any traction.
Grandpa
"You can’t spell crazy without R-AZ" Love it, and thanks for visiting. I'm sure it's no consolation, but AZ ain't the only place where the lunatics run the asylum -- you can't spell nuts without TN.
Abrawang
You could well be right, but I can only repeat what I said above:

This may well be a bit of wishful thinking on my part, but I truly believe demographics will make it all but impossible for Republicans to profit from this insidious and poisonous strategy much of anywhere outside the Deep South. Virginia is definitely purple and North Carolina looks to be in play -- as does Florida. Wyoming, Idaho and Arizona are about the only places in the West where that tactic has any traction.
Donegal
It's pretty evident the Rabid Right would like to return to the Fifties -- the 1850's. No doubt there's a possibility the monster could rise again -- which is why we need to drive a stake thru its heart now.
Catnlion
Yes -- if you and your boys don't dig up the rotting corpse. Pretty good chance you will though, I'll wager.
well, thankfully it also brought comedy.
the Rove Meltdown is a thing of beauty, Tom.
on fox last night.
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look, let us be frank. the guy is porcine.
it looked like a pig being bled.
sorry to be so damn coded, metaphorical...
haw! squeal, pigggy!!!!
(dont tell anyone i said this...i have my image as
a gentle idiot savant to uphold....)

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atwater. jesus..forgot about him.
something surely ended last night.
but..did something else begin, is the question!!!!?
May they choke on their 400 yr old venom.

r.
Back to the bedsheets, boys. Time to get tough!
Back to the bedsheets, boys. Time to get tough!
The Southern Strategy (SS) may be impotent, but my state of Georgia is still on Viagra.

Lezlie
Tom, I enjoyed your insights and only hope you are correct... the Southern Strategy is alive and well in Kentucky, may be the last state standing, but I am elated it has no traction nationally anymore.
Tom, I enjoyed your insights and only hope you are correct... the Southern Strategy is alive and well in Kentucky, may be the last state standing, but I am elated it has no traction nationally anymore.
Tom, I enjoyed your insights and only hope you are correct... the Southern Strategy is alive and well in Kentucky, may be the last state standing, but I am elated it has no traction nationally anymore.
I, too, was thinking the same thing. The cultural/racial division tactics, perfected by the GOP since 1968, in which the GOP distracted the white working class with cultural hot button red-herring issues, so they wouldn't focus on the economic slight-of-hand the GOP was planning (outsourcing, massive tax reductions, the dismantling of the New Deal), has now been stopped in its tracks.

In a sense, our long nightmare since 1968 is finally over. In the words of the Reagan, it truly is "morning in America," albeit a rational, open-minded and pragmatic morning, one that is consciously trying to abandon the demons of the past.

Yesterday my wife and I were talking about the fact that when Bill Clinton won his 2 elections, it was only with a plurality of the vote, due to Ross Perot. He didn't win a clear majority. I think that Obama, rather than Clinton, is the finest example of a second term Democratic Presidential campaign since FDR.

Some people say that LBJ's election against Goldwater was "sort of" a second term election, because he pretty much finished JFK's first term. Now, that was a total annihilation, and it shows how unified the country was behind certain key ideas, and how zany they thought the right-wing, libertarian views were. Hell, Goldwater even managed to lose most of the south back then, too. But then again, he didn't play the race card. Which just shows me one thing. Working and middle class whites tend to not support libertarian ideas on their face. They only support them incidentally, on the side, as secondary issues. The primary issue needs to be social conservatism and/or economic populism.

The Democrats win if they can overcome the social conservatism of not only the whites, but even of blacks and hispanics, by appealing to economic populism. Even though lots of people don't want to admit it, the fact remains that working class whites, blacks and hispanics have a WHOLE LOT in common with eachother. And alot of it has to do with the struggle to get by. If you can focus on that, you win. Bill Clinton proved it. Obama learned this late, but he learned it, and I think that's why he won.

Indeed, the economic populist issues are the ONLY way he was able to blunt the social populist/reactionary potency of the GOP's southern strategy.

There's a good book that just came out, and it was highly rated by Salon's very own Joan Walsh. Its called "Staying Alive: The 11970s and the Last Days of the Working Class."

http://www.amazon.com/Stayin-Alive-1970s-Working-Class/dp/1565848756

Basically, the author says that the poor whites who voted for Wallace also strongly identified with radical left wing parties, such as the socialists, according to polling data. One guy was quoted as saying "I'm either going to go with Wallace or the Communists, I can't seem to make up my mind."

And that, in a sense (albeit an extreme example) is the crux of it. People who are stomped on and oppressed and trying to survive will either favor a more fair playing field, or they will attack the rich through redistributionist policies, or they will become tribalistic and attack "the other" through racism. There isn't a party which offers them all of these, so they can only choose one of these paths and one party. Its all very cynical, but it seems to have a kernal of truth to it, as well.
See what I mean? We need people like you who can create posts like this. Well done.
You've put your finger on it, Tom. 1968, with the advent of Nixon's Southern Strategy, was a turning point in Republican Party history because it marked the admission that white racism belonged with the GOP and had its natural home with conservatism rather than with the Democratic Party of the Old Confederacy. And the truth is that Southern conservatism has destroyed every political party it has ever touched because Southern-style conservatism does not permit politics at all. It is geared toward maintaining the survival, integrity and solidarity of the family, the clan and the tribe and so cannot allow itself to become assimilated with others outside those groups. This is why Southern conservatives hate the federal government so much because their immature and under-developmed political capacities are what historian Francis Fukayama would call pre-state. Southern populist reactionaries cannot operate in a social environment organized according to universal principles and rule of law rather than simple hierarchies and blood ties. That is why the GOP as currently constituted is doomed, just as you say. It is pre-modern in its manifestations.
James
Yes, Roves meltdown reminds of the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Toto pulls back the curtain to reveal the wizard is real a frightened little old man. Rove must be asking himself "who let the dogs out?" Well, it was him with his divide and conquer politics that awakened the sleeping dogs.
Jonathan
Amen, and may they choke on their own vomit as well

Chicken Maan
And let us not forget, this ain't just a Southern thing -- the Klan was reborn in Indiana
The Southern Strategy has now been discredited since it will never create a permanent Republican majority. Sadly, however, as the party of Lincoln has metamorphosed into the party of Jefferson Davis, too many elected Southern Congressmen and Senators remain the beneficiaries of that discredited racist strategy. Sadly, too, far too many Southern voters remain oblivious to the chains that continue to bind them, as Tuesday's vote showed.

As their attention remains diverted by fears of black encroachment upon their "privileged " status, their elected representatives have pandered to every economic and political interest that is inimical to theirs. Largely, because of the inability of these voters to step out of the shadows of the cave and into the sunlight, the South remains a third-world "country" that depends for its sustenance upon tax transfers - welfare- from the citizens of the more prosperous, more productive, better educated Blue states.

But Southerners are not the only ones weighted down by the legacy of bigotry. Here in Massachusetts, Scott Brown made an explicit appeal to racial hostility as he depicted Elizabeth Warren as someone who had gained an affirmative action advantage in her appointment to Harvard University Law School because she had once claimed that one of her grandparents was a Cherokee. For some of the dumb white voters who despised her as a "professor" and a progressive, no evidence - including testimony from the former U.S. Solicitor General under Reagan, Charles Fried - who also chaired her hiring committee and swore he was unaware of any claim by Warren to have native American ancestry and that she was chosen solely on merit - could disabuse these yahoos of their fantasies.

The only difference - but a critical one - between a majority of Massachusetts voters and Southern voters, however, was that the majority - largely women - rejected Scott Brown's despicable appeal to racial hostility and saw him for what he was: an opportunist who would say and do anything in order to prevail.
LintheSE
Here in the mountains of East Tennessee, good ol' boys don't need Viagra to copulate with Southern Strategy. Incest or necrophilia -- it's all the same -- just keep it in the family
Lorijanean
Daddy was from the hills of East Kentucky, so I knew whereof you speak. Bad as things are here in East TN, at least we don't have Mitch the Mortician and Rand the Pallbearer representing us in the Senate.
RW
Your analysis is pretty much the same as mine. The ignorant and willfully blind don't know how close America came to Communism during the Thirties, due to largely to the plight of the working class, who were inflamed at having been promised a century of peace and prosperity if they'd surrender their souls to industrialization -- and were instead treated to the First World War and the Great Depression.

While there was a certain amount of liberal impetus behind the New Deal, it was also a way to stave off the Communist threat. I liken it to taking a small portion of poison to develop an immunity to a fatal dose -- at least that seems to have been the rationale with some in positions of power. Today's conservatives -- most of whom are not conservatives, but consumatives as I've labeled them -- seem to have forgotten that bit of history, else they wouldn't be so intent on cutting down the social safety net.
Harp
Those of us who care do what we are given to do -- some are given to be Jeremiahs and some are given to be Mother Theresas. I think you know your gift, as I do mine.
Ted
You're quite right that the marriage of Dixiecrats and Democrats was made in Hell. But to give credit where it's due, Republicans were not always the party of Reactionaries. Indeed, it was Teddy Roosevelt who first proposed universal healthcare, who busted the trusts and gave us our National Park system. But the Progressive wing of the Republican Party has been gone for a long time, and the once Grand Old Party has now become the Dixiecrat/American Independent Party.

You mentioned clan in your comment, so let me expound on that a bit, because I think it is essential to understanding the South. My book The Disappearing Cemetery, is a sort of history of the people we mistakenly call Scotch-Irish -- who are more properly Scots-Irish or Ulster Scots. Most are not Irish but Scottish, and they are descended from the people who emigrated to Northern Ireland beginning in the time of King James, thus beginning the Troubles that haunt Northern Ireland to this day.

These people made up as much as one-sixth of the colonial population of America. They had many virtues -- they were fiercely independent, loyal and would fight to their last breath. George Washington credited them with winning the Revolution.

But they were above all else clannish, since in their tradition, survival depended on the clan. The owed obedience to the Laird, who was a sort of Godfather.

These days, their descendants first allegiance is still to the Lord, and their second is to the clan. Thus, if you are not of the clan, your are the Other, and Outsider not to be trusted.

Yes, I'm generalizing here -- greatly -- but anyone who wants to understand life and politics in the South, and most particularly in Appalachia, needs to understand the history that makes this part of America the way it is.
Paul
Thanks for the comment and for illuminating the issue. You're certainly right to point out that racism isn't confined to the South. But to my mind, what makes it particularly difficult to eradicate here is the other great problem in the South -- education.

I can tell you from firsthand experience education is still looked on with suspicion in much of the South. An educated man is not to be trusted because he'll cheat you out of something. Given the way our legal system operates -- confirmed yet again by the consequences of the housing bubble, I can't say that's always an unhealthy attitude.

In the rural Deep South, at least, one does not boast about being a Harvard grad; one "poor-mouths" instead. One doesn't "git above his raisin' or "put on airs".

The sad truth is there are many people over 50 in my area who can't read or write. The even sadder truth is those in power seem inclined to see that as a benefit. An ignorant man may be no easier to restrain, but he's certainly easier to manipulate, especially into thinking his problems are caused by the Other rather than by the Master.
I've not waded through the comments, thus if this be repeat, I disclaim originality.

The Southern Strategy isn't dead. It won't die until Right Wingnuts lose control of Southern/Mountain state government. If you think the voter suppression was nasty this time, wait for the 2014 House elections. Just wait.

And Obambi/DNC will ignore the threat, as they did in 2010.
Robert
Dead or sleeping? Will Southern Strategy be raised zombie-like from its unquiet grave? I can't say for sure, but you're right; we'll find out in 2014. That's why those of us who worry about such things need to drive a stake thru its black heart right now. We can't afford to celebrate too much and end up with a two-year hangover. Now's the time to get to work on the mid-terms.

That's the message I've been trying to convey to the third-party/sit-it-out Lofty Left. You want change? Make sure the Republicans get trounced every time out, and that Party will change -- it will be forced to move toward the center. When that happens, the Democrats will be able to move toward the Left. And when that happens, the compromises that are the essence of politics will be more to our liking.

But I'm afraid the third-party/sit-it-out Lofty Left doesn't seem to understand this Pendulum Effect, nor are they much interested in compromise. But they ought to take a political lesson or three from the Teapartians. The first is that the center can be moved within a party, the second is that its foolish to go too far too fast, and the third is that refusing to compromise is self-destructive.
Tom
The "southern strategy" composed and executed so well by Nixon had another component beyond the racist one you correctly identify - it had dirty money and a willingness to do whatever and say whatever it takes to win an election.
The dirty money in Nixon's case came from the mob, he took money from them in his first congressional run in '46, then took big money ($500k) from the bosses in '60 with the expectation that he would take care of Hoffa. He lost and that made his handlers quite upset.

However, they didnt quit on him and some reports say he took up to $1mm in '68. Hoffa was released from prison by Nixon (tho he may have lived longer if he stayed , but oh well). And then there's the tape recording of Johnson speaking to Dirksen in 68 telling the Senator that Nixon was commiting treason by secretly keeping the S. Vietnamese from going along with the peace plan Johnson had worked out (the original "October Surprise" if it had been successful) with N Vietnam which would have put HHH in the White House.

So no, as much as I would like to believe you that the Roves Adelsons and Kochs will lick their wounds and crawl back to their caves I think history shows otherwise. Daddy Koch didnt quit just because he couldnt get the rest of the country to believe Ike was a secret Communist, he just created the John Birch Society and spawned a few evil children. These bastards will not quit and will not go away, they will find other ways to bedevil the electorate, like buying a Supreme Court or if that fails, well, I cant think that darkly, but I suspect they can.
Tim4change
Thanks for reminding us just how truly evil Dick Nixon was. As we used to chant back in the day: "Nixon's the one in '72 -- why change Dick's in the middle of a screw".

You're right, of course, that the Rabid Right won't change, because (1) they are incapable of learning from their mistakes, and (2) their's is not an evidence-based ideology, it's a faith-based ideology. Call me a cock-eyed optimist, but I believe they will eventually fall victim to their own lies, greed and paranoia -- just as Nixon did.
Thanks for this. I have lived in the South - Arkansas, Texas, and Southern Illinois - all pretty hard core. One thing that I want to pursue is that no matter how much we progress, we are still human, and still capable of unspeakable evil. Rawanda is the perfect recent example, but the Bush criminal regime is more pertinent for our purposes. If the Southern Strategy goes away, what next?

Anyway, I will link to this from my home blog (whilewestillhavetime.blogspot.com). It is a valuable contribution to our political dialogue.
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At first , I laughed at your witty post but soon realized how your words and those of the commenters have helped me to heal. I have been back in the midsouth since 2005 and have been through hell trying to fit in the small west TN town from where my family has hailed. Some forever and some since leaving east TN and the mountains of north GA after fighting on the Union side (not all, just dads side).
As a female analytical scientist and one who dared attend college in California including Stanford, I have met with astounding blatant discrimination. Although religious, I and my family have endured menses violence and civil rights iolations by our mayor and some others in our town.
Thank you all for opening my eyes to what my late parents protected is from which is why they left here the summer I graduated high school.
My siblings still live in AZ and my sister understands the frustration of R-AZ. My brother married into one of those political families and has been intolerant of his own family ever since.
Still, we know many who are native liberals including at our little Episcopalian church in the town over from us on the way to Memphis.
Thanks all. I feel hopeful even when the dude next door, a John birch guy and Ron Paul fanatic rants about this election (he is a racist surrounded by a racially diverse group of neighbors so who knows maybe he will leave as have some others like him lately). It is getting better here recently so maybe we won't head back to San Francisco.
Thanks all
Tom
At first , I laughed at your witty post but soon realized how your words and those of the commenters have helped me to heal. I have been back in the midsouth since 2005 and have been through hell trying to fit in the small west TN town from where my family has hailed. Some forever and some since leaving east TN and the mountains of north GA after fighting on the Union side (not all, just dads side).
As a female analytical scientist and one who dared attend college in California including Stanford, I have met with astounding blatant discrimination. Although religious, I and my family have endured menses violence and civil rights iolations by our mayor and some others in our town.
Thank you all for opening my eyes to what my late parents protected is from which is why they left here the summer I graduated high school.
My siblings still live in AZ and my sister understands the frustration of R-AZ. My brother married into one of those political families and has been intolerant of his own family ever since.
Still, we know many who are native liberals including at our little Episcopalian church in the town over from us on the wayK to Memphis.
Thanks all. I feel hopeful even when the dude next door, a John birch guy and Ron Paul fanatic rants about this election (he is a racist surrounded by a racially diverse group of neighbors so who knows maybe he will leave as have some others like him lately). It is getting better here recently so maybe we won't head back to San Francisco.
Thanks all
Tom
At first , I laughed at your witty post but soon realized how your words and those of the commenters have helped me to heal. I have been back in the midsouth since 2005 and have been through hell trying to fit in the small west TN town from where my family has hailed. Some forever and some since leaving east TN and the mountains of north GA after fighting on the Union side (not all, just dads side).
As a female analytical scientist and one who dared attend college in California including Stanford, I have met with astounding blatant discrimination. Although religious, I and my family have endured menses violence and civil rights iolations by our mayor and some others in our town.
Thank you all for opening my eyes to what my late parents protected us from which is why they left here the summer I graduated high school.
My siblings still live in AZ and my sister understands the frustration of R-AZ. My brother married into one of those political families and has been intolerant of his own family ever since.
Still, we know many who are native liberals including at our little Episcopalian church in the town over from us on the way to Memphis.
Thanks all. I feel hopeful even when the dude next door, a John birch guy and Ron Paul fanatic rants about this election (he is a racist surrounded by a racially diverse group of neighbors so who knows maybe he will leave as have some others like him lately). It is getting better here recently so maybe we won't head back to San Francisco.
Thanks all
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Read ` Oliver Sacks - Music book and Hat-Bookie.
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Wear Afghan Hats.
No do cause any Havoc.
Sip raw goat milk Instead.
The Last Commenter Helps Jake and Kerry Heel.
Read ` Oliver Sacks - Music book and Hat-Bookie.
The author has a New Book titled` Hallucination.
`
Maybe Jake and Kerry sell ` Colgate Mouth Wash.
Buy `'Lysol' for Breath, Armpits, and `Toe-Jams.
My Favorite book is `POKEMON. Aye. Scholastic.

My Granddaughter Loves ` POKMON Stats/Facts.
It May Be Fact That` Fairy Selena - Sleepover Fairy.
The author of that `Adult book is` Daisy Meadows.

She Lends her Books Out.
If I No Return I Pay Fees.
She'll Buy Books Retail.
She's like Capital Hill.
CEO Sell Soul Whole-
Sale. Then - To Hell!
`
I stop for free therapy.
VAMC 'shrink' no-stink.
We be Merry if Happy.
Tom C. No gulp brew.

Wear Afghan Hats.
No do cause any Havoc.
Sip raw goat milk Instead.

@ ALTER/NET a read:
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Go Get a Brain Moran.
Comment No Go`Gin.
Outstanding! Thanks so much for this. It rings very clear and pertinent for me. I have Southern acquaintances who have consistently astounded me with their ignorant, uneducated and completely white fox news comments. I haven't spoken to them since the 6th, but I can imagine their shock and absolute disgust at their fellow citizens. No doubt they are blaming "those illegals" and others who not "white like us" for this clear fiasco. These individuals were given lake front property in NH for $1. This is what comes from entitlement - a mean attitude.
I think you're right; neither candidate was forced to put on a hunting jacket.
Last but not least:
RATED
Tom, kudos on your EP, and well deserved. I, too, forgot to wear my black armband the day old Nixie Dixie died. I wouldn't mind seeing a return of a little Jacksonian democracy in the South, except for that part about Jackson's being a slave-owning Indian killer and all.
Excellent analysis and spot on based on what happened on election day.

The conservatives have completely lost a grasp on reality.

One can say of today's Republican leadership what was said of the French Army HQ in 1940. Sequestered in a chateau without telephone service or telegraph and cut off from events they we seen as men in a submarine without a periscope. Odd but the analogy is just too compelling to ignore.
Hey, also know as a liar, the only winds will those that escape form between your legs and embarrass in public known as farts because you're full of it!
Tom, your incessant inability to depict history as it was paints quite a picture of your ADDHD comprehension while in school. For instance, in the 1950's it was Democrats who constantly refused to vote for civil rights issues and remained pro-segregation not Republicans. Prominent hero worshiped Democrats who were segregationists were Sam Irvin of Watergate fame and Robert Byrd. It wasn't until Democrats saw blacks begin voting that they reversed their predominant racist stance and then began calling GOP leaders racists like they hypocrites they are and always have been. By the way the KKK was started by the Democratic party. Another milestone for Democrats and liberals. I toast to the very hypocritical nature of the Democratic party the very blossom of deception so inherent in our political system and those like yourself who drink so deeply from that well. Ciao
Sir, you nailed it. I do hope you are right and it is not merely wounded or playing dead then rear it's ugly head in the near future.
Tom Cordle! Where are you! You heard the President! We haven't heard from you. Speak up, man!