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Southern Democrats

Thinking About Franklin Roosevelt

Paul A. London | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Paul A. London

Reading about Roosevelt and the New Deal as Garner saw them made me think. Garner was a man of the legislature. He believed legislative government could work. Such respect for politics and politicians is not much evident these days. Maybe it should be.

Generational Change, In-Migration and Democratic Prospects in the South

Glen Browder | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics
Glen Browder

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.

Eliot Nelson

The Most Democratic County In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Eliot Nelson | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

SANDY HOOK, Ky. -- In 1988, the band Alabama scored a No. 1 country hit with "Song of the South," Bob McDill's tribute to life in rural Dixie. Twangy ...

Is It Time for Southern Democrats to 'Walk Out on the Porch, Pee, Pull the Light Chain, and Go to Bed'?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.22.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy -- defined as entrenched regional rule -- is no more. Republicans now reign throughout most of the South. The best that Southern Democrats can hope for is restoring their party to competitive parity in a two-party system.

Will National Democrats Dump the White Working Class (and 'Southern Democracy')?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.15.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Southern Democracy -- recently purged of moderate-to-conservative leaders, facing the rumored forfeiture of white working class voters, and banking on college-educated professionals and poor minorities -- cannot continue as a competitive force.

Do Southern Democrats Want to Be Politicians or Preachers?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.04.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

It may sound like a cynical summarization, but the major problem is that these Democrats are struggling with a tough choice between practicality and ideology in a pretty red region -- with each course representing an uncertain gamble.

How Serious Is the Current Plight of "Southern Democracy"?

Glen Browder | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics
Glen Browder

Fundamentally, we are looking at a transformed Southern political system dominated by the Republican Party, particularly in the deep South. Southern Democrats would be well-served to do some sober thinking about their predicament in a still-reddening political environment.

IT'S OVER: Democratic South Finally Falls

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For Democrats in the South, the most ominous part of a disastrous year may not be what happened on Election Day but what has happened in the weeks sin...