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GOP faces unexpected challenges in South amid shrinking white vote


President Obama, our first black president, fared better in the South than any other Democratic nominee has in 30 years. So much for those who say he hasn't accomplished anything. The Southern white Republican base may be in need of a Southern white Republican boost. WaPo:

Obama won Virginia and Florida and narrowly missed victory in North Carolina. But he also polled as well in Georgia as any Democrat since Jimmy Carter, grabbed 44 percent of the vote in deep-red South Carolina and just under that in Mississippi -- despite doing no substantive campaigning in any of those states.

Much of the post-election analysis has focused on the demographic crisis facing Republicans among Hispanic voters, particularly in Texas. But the results across other parts of the South, where Latinos remain a single-digit minority, point to separate trends among blacks and whites that may also have big implications for the GOP's future.[...]

[P]owerful forces in the region are clearly eroding GOP dominance. The trends pose difficulties for a Republican Party that has been shifting toward Dixie since the “Southern strategy” of the Nixon era, which sought to encourage white flight from the Democratic Party.

According to one pollster who helped analyze swing states for Team Obama, “They also have a problem with whites, in this election cycle, just showing up.”

Even trying to use President Obama’s support for abortion rights and gay issues against him didn't work:

Black pastors — some of whom had preached against gay marriage in the past — rallied to the president.

Not to mention African Americans turned out and voted for the president in droves.

So the new line that I keep hearing and reading is how the Republican party will have to force themselves to be more inclusive of minorities and women, because, clearly, they can't win without them.

But see, Republicans don't seem to want to truly understand and empathize with the needs and predicaments of these voting groups. It's all about acquiring the votes, the numbers, the Big Win, not caring for their fellow Americans as, you know, people.

What oh what will they do about the tea party’s (persistent, stubborn) willful blindness? They still "hope to weed out Republicans they consider insufficiently conservative." Which means, at least to tea baggers, women's rights and gay rights are still off the table, undocumented immigrants will still be referred to as "illegals," God's intentions still include rape births, and African American voters will still have to jump through hoops in order to simply cast a ballot.

Meanwhile, they can fake-like the very people for whom they show such utter disdain, because as Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first.”

White on, er, right on, GOP!


VIDEO: Standing O for the Vitter Pill, who prefers TV personalities to community organizers


By GottaLaff

Remember David Vitter, aka The Vitter Pill? This would be the same Vitter who favors corporations over sexual assault victims. The very same Vitter Pill who wants to defund Planned Parenthood. The one and only D.V. who was subpoenaed by the D.C. Madam. That same wacky zany guy who has a diaper fetish.

Yes, that David Vitter.

It seems the "We are Rushpublics and we approve Vitter's message" party is into him. He got a standing ovation at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC).

Oh, and check out Mr. Personality's intro... using notes. I guess teleprompters weren't an option:

Andy Guinn, co-chair of the SRLC, introduced Vitter by saying he “fights everyday for Louisiana and her families.”

It gets better. The Values Party got a real boost when The Pill touted style over substance:

During his address, Vitter said, "I'll take a TV personality over a community organizer any day," an apparent reference to Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.

That's right, MeMe McNasty is preferable to someone who actually, you know, cares about people. Because that's how their party rolls.


Poll: Obama's health care overhaul isn't selling in South


What again was the reason we fought a long and bloody war to keep them?

Barack Obama's push to revamp the nation's health care system is getting the cold shoulder from Southerners, according to a new poll by Winthrop University.

But the president, who picked up a trio of Southern states in winning the 2008 presidential election, remains well-liked in this region, with solid majorities saying he is warm and friendly, trustworthy and concerned about people like those polled in South Carolina and 10 other Southern states.

Obama's signature domestic policy effort - reforming the nation's health care system - is running into a head wind from Southerners who said they are satisfied with the cost and quality of their health insurance and unhappy with the way the president is handling the issue.

"I'm not saying that we don't need an overall reform, but I think it's kind of extreme what they're trying to shove down our throats," said J. Chester Gambrell, a salesman who lives in Florence and participated in the poll. "I don't want a socialistic view of health care like Canada's got, like England's got."


More than 77 percent of those polled said they are satisfied or very satisfied with the quality of the health care they receive. Just under 53 percent said they are satisfied or very satisfied with the cost of health care.


Poll-itics: More Southerners Say Obama Has Done Better Job Than Bush


By GottaLaff

Leave it to Greg to find the nugget:

[T]he internals show that a majority of southerners thinks Obama has done a better job than native son Bush:

Fifty-seven percent say Obama has been a better president than George W. Bush; only a third say Bush’s track record was better.

“Compared to Obama, Bush does fairly well among southerners and rural voters. But even in those categories, a majority still says Obama has done a better job than Bush,” says Holland.

I don't believe I heard this brought up on the Tee Vee Machine, did you?

Boy Georgie Fail, big time (to quote his boss).

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