My public service: dispel the southern strategy myth! My across-the-aisle pal 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. Another Leftist-progressive fairy tale... From chapter 12 of "Mugged," Coulter 1. In American politics, 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 .the strategy was first adopted under future Republican President Richard Nixon and Republican Senator Barry Goldwater in the late 1960s. Southern strategy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2. According to this liberal myth, Goldwater and the Republicans were racists and used racism to appeal to racist southerners to change the electoral map. To believe the tale, one must be either a reliable Democrat voter, and/or be ignorant of the history of the time. 3. Goldwater was one of only six Republican senators to vote against the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He did so on libertarian grounds, opposed to the acts restrictions on private property which he believed beyond the Congresss powers under the commerce clause. Five others supported the partys presidential nominee. a. Goldwater went on to win five southern states in 1964: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina. But he lost eight. b. Democrats build the southern strategy tale on the fact that the same states voted for Dixiecrat Strom Thurmond in 1948 (less Georgia). c. Except that Nixon and Reagan lost, or almost lost the same states in 68 and 80 d. And Jimmy Carter and Clinton did pretty well in those states in 76 and 92. e. And the 'Goldwater states' went right back to voting Democrat for decades 4. So if Republicans were racists and got racist southerners to vote for them, how to explain this: Republicans always did best in the southern states that Goldwater lost, which happened to be the same ones Republicans had been winning with some regularity since 1928. a. In 28, 52, 56, and 60, Republicans generally won Virginia, Florida, Texas, Kentucky and sometimes North Carolina or Louisiana. Did you notice that those years were before 1964? b. Four years after Goldwater, the segregationist vote went right back to Democrats: Humphrey got half of Wallaces supporters on election day. Nixon got none of em. When the '68 campaign began, Nixon was at 42 percent, Humphrey at 29 percent, Wallace at 22 percent. When it ended, Nixon and Humphrey were tied at 43 percent, with Wallace at 13 percent. The 9 percent of the national vote that had been peeled off from Wallace had gone to Humphrey. The neocons & Nixon's southern strategy - Pat Buchanan - [page] c. In 76, Carter swept the South. Was Carter appealing to bigots .or is that only the case when Republicans win the South? 5. Reagan lost or barely won the Goldwater states but Reagan won among young southern voters- but lost among seniors, those who has voted in 48 and 64. That meant that the segregationists never abandoned the Democrats: eventually they died or were outvoted by younger voters. Nope after Thurmonds run, the Dixiecrats went right back to voting for Democrats for another half century. 6. In writing about McGovern and Wallace, liberal luminary, Arthur Schlesinger, actually referred to Wallace voters as responding to their candidates integrity! The primaries themselves, especially the success of McGovern and Wallace, provide the best evidence for the proposition that voters in 1972 care less about a candidate's stand on particular issues than they do about the candidate's integrity, How McGovern Will Win Get that??? Segregationist 'integrity'!!! a. McGovern gave a tip-of-the-hat to the segregationist Wallace in his acceptance speech at the Democrat Convention. That was the exact midpoint between Goldwater and Reagan. So what of the imaginary southern strategy where the Republicans were supposed to have a plan to appeal to racists? b. Democrat McGovern: And I was as moved as well by the appearance in the Convention Hall of the Governor of Alabama, George Wallace. Governor, we pray for your full recovery so you can stand up and speak out for all of those who see you as their champion. ACCEPTANCE SPEECH OF SENATOR GEORGE MCGOVERN Again? "so you can stand up and speak out for all of those [racist Democrats] who see you as their champion. The Democrat Party: slavery, segregation, sedition and secularization. How you like that, booooyyyyyeeeeee???