Southerners are downright feisty about their independence. There's a great sign at a park on the Alabama-Tennessee border which proclaims "We Dare Defend Our Rights!" Yet this rebellious streak doesn't seem to translate to independent candidates or third party challengers, who tend to fare poorly in Dixie.
That's why the ticket of Gary Johnson and William Weld is doing so well--for a third party. Regardless of whether or not one likes them--I do--they have done something important, something with long term consequences. These two ex-governors have been hammering on a central them--you can have BOTH social freedom and economic freedom.