As America prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, White racial attitudes are quietly hardening again under the surface in the American South.
In the 2010 midterm elections, the Democratic Party effectively collapsed in the South: Republicans captured the Alabama state legislature, the North Carolina state legislature, and the Tennessee state legislature.
The Republican victory was overwhelming in Georgia and Texas. The Louisiana House fell under Republican control after the defection of White Democrats.
Republicans control the state governments of South Carolina and Florida. In the 2010 midterm elections, they won control of key congressional seats from veteran Democrats in Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia, Texas and Missouri.
This is highly significant.
The Solid South is coming back now. It has taken 63 years since the Dixiecrat Rebellion in 1948 opened the rift between the South and the Democratic Party, but the South is rapidly consolidating and returning to the one party system that characterized the Jim Crow era.
Lost in the headlines about the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and the reaction by pundits to Barack Hussein Obama’s “Pivot To Jobs” speech is the fact that the 2011 state elections are coming up on November 8th in Louisiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Virginia.
We’re about to have another referendum on Barack Hussein Obama’s stewardship of the Democratic Party:
The stroke of 5 p.m. Thursday marked a dark moment in the history of the Louisiana Democratic Party. For the first time in modern memory, the party did not field a single major candidate for statewide office. . .
In its broadest strokes, though, what has happened in Louisiana is what has happened across the South and especially the Deep South. Emory University’s Merle Black, a leading scholar of Southern politics, notes that Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La, the only remaining statewide-elected Democrat in Louisiana, is also the last Democrat in the Senate from a Deep South state, which now sends but a single white Democrat — Rep. John Barrow of Georgia — to the House.
The cause, Black said, is Democrats’ loss first of white conservatives and now, with a big assist from President Obama, white moderates.
“There are not that many white liberals in the South,” Black said. The result is “the number of whites who identify as Democrats in the Deep South is now in the 16 to 17 percent range.”
What began as white defection from the Democratic Party in national elections, has in the past decade percolated down to the state and local level.
Democrats will be defending both chambers of the Mississippi state legislature, their majority in the Virginia Senate, their remaining seats in the Louisiana state legislature, and the Kentucky and West Virginia governorships.
Please keep in mind that the Democratic-controlled Virginia Senate and the Democratic-controlled Mississippi state legislature were instrumental in blocking Arizona-style immigration reform earlier this year which was successfully passed in Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina.
This was largely due to the fact that the Virginia, Louisiana, and Mississippi state legislatures weren’t up for grabs in the 2010 midterm elections.