The theory advanced in these two books is that there is no such thing as a unified “American culture” (except for the mass produced garbage on television), but instead there are 9 to 11 regional cultures, and American politics is driven by the ruthless competition between two rival blocs of nations led by “Dixie” and “Yankeedom.”
Now that we have vanquished the illusion of “White America,” we can turn back to our political analysis and start applying this theory to the 2012 election season. Let’s start with Stuart Rothenberg’s latest article: “This Is Not Your Father’s Democratic Party.”
What’s the problem now? The Democratic Party is dying in Dixie and Midlands among “White working class voters,” especially in Woodward’s “Greater Appalachia,” which was settled by the Scots-Irish.
The flight of the “Jacksonians” (i.e., the Scots-Irish) from the Democratic Party is creating an insurmountable obstacle to Barack Hussein Obama’s reelection and Democrats holding the Senate and retaking the House in 2012.
As a terrific New York Times graphic showed after the 2008 elections, the GOP presidential vote increased by more than 20 percent from 2004 to 2008 in a swath of counties stretching roughly from southwestern Pennsylvania down through West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, much of Tennessee, Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma, all the way to northeast Texas.
The same pattern showed up in northeast Alabama, northwest Florida and parts of Georgia. It’s probably no accident that the Democrats’ best chances of winning GOP-held Senate seats are in Massachusetts and Nevada, while the GOP’s best chances are in states such as Missouri and Montana, swing states with substantial rural voters. Both states have been moving toward Republicans in recent decades.
The Democrats’ problem with downscale whites is even more apparent in the presidential race. If states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan really are in play, as many now believe, it is because it is precisely those voters who are likely to defect from the Democratic ticket next year.
Can anyone here explain this problem for Stuart Rothenberg?
We have already seen Hank Jr. label Obama “the enemy” of the Scots-Irish. We have already seen Sen. Jim Webb decide not to run for reelection. We also witnessed the quiet death of the Louisiana Democratic Party on 9/11.
In the 2010 midterm elections, we also saw a lot of mysterious things happen, which could possibly be related to this: the Republicans captured control of the Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina state legislatures; the Democrats lost three congressional seats in Virginia; we saw veteran White Democrats go down in South Carolina, Missouri, and Mississippi; Joe Manchin struggled to win Robert Byrd’s Senate seat in West Virginia; Republicans won blowout victories in Texas and Georgia.
Just the other day, Earl Ray Tomblin won the West Virginia’s governor race, squeaking out a victory with 49 percent of the vote. The Republicans nearly won by trying to associate Tomblin with Obama. The One isn’t even contesting West Virginia in 2012.
My theory is that Barack Hussein Obama is finishing off the New Deal coalition which began with Harry Truman and LBJ. The only two Democrats that have succeeded in capturing the White House since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 are Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
Barack Hussein Obama was elected in a period of extraordinary economic turmoil and Bush fatigue and he rode to victory as the mythic fulfillment of Black Run Amerika with promises to revive the American economy.
Obama failed to unite America. He failed to reign in Wall Street. He failed to create MLK’s promised land. He failed to revive the American economy. He sounds like a Yankee school marm with a teleprompter. He is subservient to Jews, African-Americans, and Hispanics.
He succeeded in dramatically increasing federal spending and the national debt. He presided over Ben Bernanke’s tampering with the money supply. The average White household is worse off than it was three years ago when at least gas and food were not as expensive.
Barack Hussein Obama, the black mascot of Wall Street, is the symbolic repudiation of Andrew Jackson in the Democratic Party. No wonder Jackson’s descendants are abandoning that party in every state where they have settled.