Ever since Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, Democrats have had their collective jackasses kicked from Louisiana to Virginia. In Dixie, racial politics has been as fruitful for the Republicans as King Cotton. Conservative Republicanism has turned the electoral map in the Bible Belt as red as the Confederate flag. Sadly, race-baiting tactics by North Carolina’s Jesse Helms, South Carolina’s Strom Thurmond, and the rest of their kind, has also turned the electoral map as red as the necks of some bigots.

But, Friend, this son of the South is here to tell you that Dixie is changing. So much to the point that it may elect a man, who, a century and a half ago, would get a third-class trip to a plantation because of his skin color. That’s right. Even the moonlight shines down a skunk’s back every now and then.

You see them polls?

Obama is tied with Ol’ John McCain in Virginia. Virginia, home of the Confederacy! North Carolina, with its out-of-towners and all them college types, is in shouting distance. Georgia’s in play ‘cause Atlanta’s kinda liberal, and the state got 1.3 million black voters, and that ain’t even counting the state’s 600,000 unregistered blacks. Heck, Louisiana’s 30 percent black, and both whites and blacks are still sore over Katrina. And although Confederate flags hang over its capitals, Republicans will have to spend a pretty penny to keep South Carolina with its 30-plus percent black voters in its column, and Mississippi – Mississippi!

Oh no way in hell is Mississippi going for Obama. I got a little carried away there. Must’ve been the heat talking. My bad.

But, Friend, this ain’t crazy talk. McCain’s gonna have a tough time closing the enthusiasm gap with Obama, especially since he still ain’t fired up his conservative base. And this is the same enthusiasm gap that won Obama the Democratic nomination over Hillary Clinton.

See, Obama grew the electorate in the primaries and charmed new voters to the polls. All of them youngins and black folks voted in record numbers. He could do that again, too. This ain’t Uncle Remus’ south anymore. We got liberal towns and suburbs like Athens, Chapel Hill, Richmond and Greenville. And most of the 35,000,000 black Americans are concentrated here – in the Deep South!

Well, I reckon all of this could be crazy talk. But I did hear a rumor that Obama was gonna focus on voter turnout in all 50 states and try to tote all them new voters to the polls, so anything is possible. And wouldn’t it be somethin’ if the South was responsible for putting a black man in the White House? Whoowee!

And that ain’t just whistlin’ Dixie.

Comments

  • Troy La Mana

    On another note.. if someone posted an article and made it sound all “black” then the left would be up in arms calling that person a racist.

    That’s just my opinion, I could be wrong.

  • Lazlo

    Southerners know what a real conservative is…McCain is not a real conservative.

    McCain and the entire Republican party had better understand that they have a real authenticity problem. They can only play the Reagan card for so long (and you do know that Reagan’s actions were rarely conservative).

    And Obama’s willingness to call the Iraqi invasion wrong matches how real conservatives call the Iraqi invasion wrong. And since the MSM has made such a big deal about this invasion, it is a primary issue…effectively nullifying all other issues that Obama is clearly wrong on (overtaxing/overspending, etc). LOL…Obama has voted for all sorts of overspending and overtaxing…just like Bush…and then says that Bush’s economic policy isn’t working! Anyway, with non-war issues out of the way, many real conservatives, fed up with neo-libs, will back Obama.

    If only the Republican party backed Ron Paul. Oh well…their loss. I guess the war in Iraq is no longer profitable…time to end it…thus Obama. You do know that Obama is just a puppet like Bush.

  • Gary Russell

    Though it took far longer than it should have, the South finally dealt with racial problems much better than most of the country. And, while it was painful, it has made us stronger and better. The South is now a far more integrated area than any part of the country.

    Despite this (or maybe BECAUSE of it), Obama doesn’t stand a chance in true Southern states (Northern Virginia is no more southern now than Southern NY. It is just a suburb of Washington DC now) and it has NOTHING to do with the color of his skin, but of the CONTENT of his policies (with apologies to Dr. King for the paraphrase). He is the most left-wing fringe candidate to come down the pike since McGovern.

    • Lazlo

      Nicely said, but a quick Southern stereotype on Family Guy destroys reality.

      Maybe people should read more history books and watch less crap TV.

      If you truly want to understand the South, read The Strange Career of Jim Crow.

      “Published in 1955, a year after the Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ordered schools desegregated, Strange Career was cited so often to counter arguments for segregation that Martin Luther King, Jr. called it “the historical Bible of the civil rights movement.” The book offers a clear and illuminating analysis of the history of Jim Crow laws, presenting evidence that segregation in the South dated only to the 1890s.

      Woodward, the author, convincingly shows that, even under slavery, the two races had not been divided as they were under the Jim Crow laws created by the Union of the 1890s. In fact, during Federally imposed Reconstruction, there was considerable economic and political mixing of the races. The Union-inforced segregating of the races was a relative newcomer to the region.”

      There are many reasons why northerners have been trained to accept and encouraged to spread horrible stereotypes of the South. One of those reasons is to cover the Federal government’s economic and socialogical horrific oppression after that the war.

      And don’t let people call that war the Civil War. It was the third American War for Independence. First, was the Revolutionary War against the oppressive England, second was the War of 1812 against an invading England, and third against and oppressive and invading Federal government.

      Unfortunately, we lost that war and the slow erosion of true American principles of independence and freedom has been taking place ever since.

      The Southerners before and especially immediately after Reconstruction would have never supported invasions like the US has been doing for a century. Only the culturally-destroyed Southerners can be tricked into service of this imperialistic nation today.

      And northerners should stick their noses up. When they allowed one segment of their people to fall, they were only setting themselves up. They fell decades ago.

      We no longer are agriculturally independent, financially independent, manufacturually independent, energy independent…but we do have a strong military. So when our lenders tell us to invade a country, we sell our weapons and send our troops to wherever they want. We are worse than mercenaries, we are debtors.

  • RedstateEddio

    I think it boils down to this: the first candidate to announce they will deliver new domestic drilling and refining, thus lowering the cost of oil and just about everything else, will win in a landslide. Doesn’t matter who it is–Obama or McCain.

    If McCain promises that, he’s got a 1-2 punch, between stronger foreign policy cred amd an energy policy that would actually do something.

    I’m not a McCain fan, but if he does it, he’s got a good shot. Even in Dixie.

    • Lazlo

      Despite whatever he promises, McCain has been consistently against domestic drilling.

      Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)
      Voted NO on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
      Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
      Voted YES on removing consideration of drilling ANWR from budget bill. (Mar 2003)
      Voted NO on drilling ANWR on national security grounds. (Apr 2002)

      To sum it up:

      Rated 17% by the CAF, indicating opposition to energy independence. (Dec 2006)

      McCain has said, through actions, that he wants us to be dependent on others for enery.

      And Obama?

      Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
      Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska’s ANWR. (Nov 2005)
      Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
      Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
      Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
      Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)

      Obama appears to have a mixed record…which is better than McCain’s…that is, if you want energy independence.

  • whodat

    I think there will be
    A new South TV channel for free
    It will show some wide views
    And lotsa Bubba political news
    And all Obama’s friend you can see.

    It will, 24 hours a day,
    Show the Rev. Wright, what he say!
    It’ll show dat Priest going nuts
    In the church of no if, ands or buts,
    Obama be just blown away.

    Is it true what dey say about
    Dixie? And then, comin’ out
    Is Obama spoutin’ change. Oh, no!
    That’s not where the South gonna go,
    And so, Obama gonna lose in dat bout!

    Whodat knows his grits and Obama won’t fits

  • 2X

    Enthusiasm gap is a just one of the reasons it will be hard for the republicans in November. Another reason that transcends regions is quite simply the economy..People are hurting everywhere and for McCain to come out touting a continuation of the way things have been is absolutely insane. How does the addage go, insanity is continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different results. Obama has essentially established a copyright on what all Americans everywhere are thirsting for…Change.

  • Mark

    Georgia may also come into play if people decide to vote for the favorite son Bob Barr over McCain.

    • Brian H

      Like all 3rd party candidates Barr will have as many electoral votes as I will……..ZERO

      • Troy La Mana

        You are probably right. Both Republicans and Democrats will never let a third party speak to the people because if they did they might realize they don’t have to vote for the lesser of two evils.

        Do you really think the MSM will give equal time to anyone else but Obama or McCain?

        The way things are set up now it is next to impossible to get your name on all 50 states unless you have a D or R on the end of your name.

        Bob Barr is a clear choice who you can’t say is a wacko. He has a great record in Congress. I say let the man have a chance to speak to America. Let’s make sure he has a table at all debates. If after that you decide not to vote for him you will at least have done so with knowledge.

  • Eric

    “McCain’s gonna have a tough time closing the enthusiasm gap with Obama, especially since he still ain’t fired up his conservative base.”

    He won’t close the enthusiasm gap OR fire up his base. McCain may win, but not through means of excitement-fear maybe, but not excitement. Trying to close the enthusiasm gap would be like trying to campaign in New York. That one’s already decided.