The Southern Strategy

Was not just a way of simplistically race-baiting; it set the framework for the modern Republican party. And it’s not just the standard racist dog-whistles that we mostly recognize (welfare, state’s rights); it’s covered up in supposedly race-neutral issues like taxation.

And this stuff wasn’t left in the 1980s with Ronald Reagan (who, notably, modern conservatives will still argue was totally not racist in any way).

In 2005, the political scientists Nicholas Valentino and David Sears demonstrated that a Southern man holding conservative positions on issues other than race is no more likely than a conservative Northerner to vote for a Democrat. But when the relevant identifier is anti-black answers to survey questions—like whether one agrees “If blacks would only try harder they could be just as well off as whites”—white Southerners were twice as likely than white Northerners to refuse to vote Democratic. As another political scientist, Thomas Schaller, wrote in his 2006 book Whistling Past Dixie (which naturally quotes the infamous Atwater lines), “Despite the best efforts of Republican spinmeisters…the partisan impact of racial attitudes in the South is stronger today than in the past.”

13 comments for “The Southern Strategy

    • EG
      November 19, 2012 at 11:16 am

      That’s what I was going to say! He was a right bastard.

    • Kristen J.
      November 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I did not know that. Wow…even more of a horrible person than I originally thought.

    • Kristen J.
      November 19, 2012 at 7:15 pm

      I did not know that. Wow…even more of a horrible person than I originally thought.

  1. Nicholas
    November 19, 2012 at 11:01 am

    The documentary film about Lee Atwater, Boogie Man, is a pretty great movie and helps explain this history in more detail for those who may be interested in learning more.

  2. Foxy
    November 19, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    But now democrats have new strategy.Flooding the country with illegal immigrants

    • Kayay
      November 19, 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Oh c’mon, that lame zinger wasn’t even trying.

    • November 21, 2012 at 11:33 am

      But now democrats have new strategy.Flooding the country with illegal immigrants

      As opposed to the Republican strategy of filling the prisons with them.

  3. DonnaL
    November 19, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Go fuck yourself, you disgusting troll. I think you’re in the wrong place — maybe you were trying to find freerepublic or some such place, since your discourse seems to be at about that level of intelligence.

    • Foxy
      November 21, 2012 at 5:54 am

      Wow.Stay classy.What a rude response

      • November 21, 2012 at 10:53 am

        I don’t know, I think it was a pretty well-deserved response.

      • konkonsn
        November 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm

        Oh hey, tonal argument. I’ve missed those. /sarcasm

  4. Raja
    November 20, 2012 at 2:13 am

    Please….let them seceede. They are more trouble than they are worth.

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