.just South of sane!! Wingy wrote this: segregationist voters who blamed civil rights on the Democrats, swiched loyaties to new Republicans who now embraced their views. Republicans ran against busing, against afirmative action, against equal rights legislation The south has been Republican ever since 1. Perhaps the best example of how little individual thought, or even curiosity, the reliable Democrat voter is allowed, is the provably false myth of a Republican Southern Strategy. Absurd though it is David Mamet gives one explanation, in The Secret Knowledge: a.Yet our Liberal accepts doctrines, policies, programs, that make no sense, or are actually destructive, for the offer of acceptance of the herd or the opposite, expulsion if one doesnt support same. It is not that our Liberals do not care about rectitude, but he cannot afford to notice the insanity. The size and power of the group allows the individual to submerge his doubts but at the cost of obedience and the surrender his individuality. 2. the Southern strategy refers to the Republican Party strategy of winning elections or to gain political support in the Southern section of the country by appealing to racism against African Americans. Southern strategy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 3. Liberal neurotic obsession with this apocryphal notion- its been cited hundreds of times in the NYTimes- is supposed to explain why Democrats cant get nice churchgoing, patriotic southerners to vote for the party of antiwar protesters, abortion, the ACLU and gay marriage. a. They tell themselves its because they wont stoop to pander to a bunch of racists. This slander should probably be the first clue as to why southerners dont like them. b. The central premise of this folklore is that anyone who votes Republican is a racist. Pretty sophisticated thinking. 4. First of all, the Democrats didnt pass the Civil Rights Bill of 1964. That bill, along with every civil rights bill for the preceding century, was supported by substantially more Republicans than Democrats. a. So if segregationist voters who blamed civil rights on the Democrats, swiched loyaties to new Republicans is the contention that those segregationist Democrat voters didnt know who voted for the bill? b. Even with a Democratic President behind the 1964 Civil Rights Bill, a far greater percentage of Republicans (82%) voted for it than Democrats (66%). Nay votes included Ernest Hollings, Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr., J. William Fulbright, and Robert Byrd. 5. Second, the South kept voting for Democrats for decades after that 1964 act. And, btw, Democrats continued to win a plurality of votes in southern congressional elections for the next 30 years right up to 1994. "GOP Poised to Reap Redistricting Rewards" by Michael Barone on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent a. Between 48 and 88, Republicans never won a majority of the Dixiecrat states, outside of two 49-state landslides. Any loses in the South are directly attributable to Democrats championing abortion, gays in the military, Christian-bashing, springing criminals, attacks on guns, dovish foreign policy, save the whales/kill the humans environmentalism .certainly not race! Covered fully in Mugged, Coulter. a. Rather than the Republicans winning the Dixiecrat vote, the Dixiecrats simply died out. By contrast, Democrats kept winning the alleged segregationist states into the 90s. If states were voting for Goldwater out of racism, what of Carters 1976 sweep of all the Goldwater states? QED.