Three of my political science colleagues conducted research showing that winning/losing that Saturday game could boost or cost the incumbent party and its gubernatorial candidate an average of 10 percent in the Tuesday election.
I have dealt with the South and southern politics in previous posts; so we are not going to break major new ground here. But I think it is worthwhile to update what some of today's experts are saying about the South and its role in American democracy and history.
A prominent political scientist suggests that the politics of values may have settled into a state of lessened conflict and volatility. The debate runs on; but terms like "acceptance" and "stability" figure centrally in his depiction of cultural struggle in this country.
The course of American democracy may be decided on the first Saturday of November in the following college football games: Florida vs Georgia, Michigan vs Indiana, Illinois vs Ohio State, and Texas vs Texas Tech.
One of the good things about academic associations is that they often invite students to participate in meaningful discussions about professional matters. Such was the case at last month's Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics in Charleston, SC.
Residents of the American South are used to seeing their home region depicted in stereotyped derision. But how would most Southerners respond if they had an opportunity, in a reasonable conversation, to describe the South to outsiders?
The historic realignment of southerners from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party stands as one of the most dramatic and consequential developments of the past century. However, recent research offers hopeful signs for regional Democrats.