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Southern Strategy

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.

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.

How the GOP Lost Its Mind: Rule and Ruin

Chris Ladd | Posted 04.16.2012 | Politics
Chris Ladd

An organization that always turns right can only move in circles, or more accurately, in an ever tightening spiral. Rule and Ruin aims to explain how the GOP came to be drawn into its accelerating tornado of extremism.

Behind Michele Bachmann's Twisted History: The Fear of Complexity

Spencer Critchley | Posted 09.17.2011 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Driving the right wing's flight into irrationality is the fear of complexity. In place of it, the right wants to substitute radically simplified fictions, whether about history, or about climate change, homosexuality or the debt ceiling.

GOP Overreach: The Mess That Greed and Ignorance Made

David A. Love | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

Republican overreach is in the air. You can see it, smell it, taste it everywhere, as you have in years past. And the only surprise is that is that it happened so quickly this time around.

A Politically-Polarized Sesquicentennial

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

While we are indeed currently politically divided and somewhat polarized, this is actually our normal state as a nation -- and on the polarization scale, we're nowhere near the "most divided" we've ever been. Far from it.

Beneath the Rubble: Some Warnings for Republicans

Margie Omero | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Margie Omero

To quote the President, and to understate it greatly, I feel bad about what happened Tuesday. Yet official exit polls reveal a few warnings for Repub...

Republican Pickpockets

Peter J. Ognibene | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter J. Ognibene

The target may differ, but the Republican tactic is always the same: demonize a group of human beings based on what sets them apart -- skin color, religion, sexual orientation -- and make them objects of derision.

The Draft to End All Drafts

Dave Astor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Dave Astor

If the draft was reinstated, the U.S. would have a harder time fighting unpopular wars like the one currently being waged in Antarctica.

Election 2010: The Republican 6 Point Plan for Regaining Power

Erich Origen and Gan Golan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erich Origen and Gan Golan

We have intercepted an interoffice memo between RNC and the Hall of Just Us. It reveals the Republicans' Six-Point Plan for Regaining Power!

The Summer of Republican Race-Baiting

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

What else do we call the deliberate inciting of racial bigotry and resentment for the sake of attaining power? It's race-baiting and it's a major component of the Republican strategic arsenal.

Reinventing Repower America: Our Only Hope for Winning the Climate Change Battle in America

Steven G. Brant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven G. Brant

If Repower America transforms into a future-based movement, we will be tapping into that core American belief in doing whatever it takes for however long it takes to build a more hopeful future for ourselves and our children.

Dysfunctional Politics Begets Suicidal Policies

David A. Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David A. Love

When presented with viable options to fix our problems, there is this tendency for America to take the road to ruin. why does America allow dysfunctional politics to result in horrible, even suicidal policies?

Southern Strategist Sarah Palin Denies the Southern Strategy

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Sarah Palin is and was a Southern Strategist. So it's with considerable hilarity that I read her latest Facebook remarks in which she insisted there isn't a racial component to the various tea party groups.

Tea Partiers Battle Racism Claims -- Far Too Late

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

Denying the long-standing link between white tribalism and conservatism may be "politically correct" within the DC bubble where press and politicians mingle, but denial is the opposite of truth.

Exposing Glenn Beck as a Dangerous Fraud, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Bob Cesca

Beck owes it to his audience to "step out of character" and admit, on his show, that he's staging an elaborate hoax. His hero Orson Welles did it, and so can he.

Texas Tough: Nightmares of My Grandfather

Robert Perkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Robert Perkinson

My grandfather, Henry Fly, lived from the Age of Lynching to the Age of Obama.

The Tea Party Is All About Race, Part 2

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

Republicans will readily admit that trying to win over black voters has been a lost cause since LBJ, so why not exploit that loss by playing to white racial bias and thus locking down larger chunks of the white vote?

The Tea Party Is All About Race

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

When you strip away all of the rage, all of the nonsensical loud noises and all of the contradictions, all that's left is race. The tea party is almost entirely about race. This isn't an epiphany by any stretch.

The Tea Party's Enemies

Charles W. Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles W. Dunn

If history is the best predictor of the future, and it usually is, the "Tea Party" will have a short shelf life. Beginning well before the Civil War, such movements have come and gone.

Democrats Should Try to Win Back the South

Warwick Sabin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Warwick Sabin

Southern Republicans have been able to effectively use cultural issues to their advantage because the Democrats usually don't bother to stand their ground.

In Georgia, Expect Record Numbers of Black Voters and Serious Tally Troubles

Pia Sawhney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Pia Sawhney

The state of Georgia is one of those places northerners would likely choke to death in -- it's endlessly hot, sticky, and riddled with historical iniquities; as evinced by a Superior Court decision as recently as July in which the court ruled all voters must show state-issued ID cards when they arrive at the polls.

Republicans Should Avoid Reid/Lott Comparison

Joseph Lowndes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph Lowndes

Reid's comments about Obama's electability were poorly phrased in anachronistic language about race. But Lott openly celebrated and identified himself with a politics of white supremacy.

Matt Osborne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matt Osborne

Griffith was always a Republican. That someone who boasts an astoundingly low seven percent progressive rating versus a 33% conservative rating has turned coat should be shocking only to a few cave-dwellers.

Waking Up To the Coming Battle Over the Census

Simon Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Rosenberg

Last night's reports of the murder of a US Census worker will bring national attention to the emerging politics of the Census count, something that we've long been worried about at NDN.