If you have a strong stomach, check out David French’s latest article at National Review which portrays the victory of Doug Jones as a triumph of New South Republicans:
“I was born in Opelika, Ala., in 1969. My parents were students at Auburn University, and after they graduated I spent my entire childhood in the South, moving from Alabama to Louisiana to Tennessee to Kentucky. I had the privilege of growing up in a region that was in the midst of one of the most remarkable and positive social and and cultural transformations in American history. I grew up in the New South.
Consider, for a moment, the pace of change. Just a few years before I was born, white men and women rioted to keep black Americans out of schools and colleges. The stench of institutionalized racism pervaded the region, oppressing American citizens and leaving the South a region apart. It wasn’t the Confederacy, but it wasn’t like the rest of America. Nowhere was American sin more pervasive or obvious. …”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to you.
National Review‘s official position is that White working class communities “deserve to die” because they are “morally indefensible” and “economically, they are negative assets.” They also believe that Confederate monuments should be torn down. David French has decried the rise of “the tough guy right” and is living vicariously like other conservatives through Doug Jones.
In their view, the South was a horribly racist place until heroic business leaders stood up to evil segregationists by courting their votes. Roy Moore was “the zombie manifestation of the Old South” and “his supporters and apologists were walking, talking caricatures of the region’s very worst.” Instead of being a major defeat in the culture war, it was “the gasps of a dying way of life that was seeking to resuscitate itself through the twisted fury of partisan politics.”
It doesn’t matter to these cucks that Doug Jones and the Democrats are willing to play identity politics with full-throated appeals to black and Hispanic voters. They make emotional appeals to suburban women as a voting bloc. In contrast, these cucks go out of their way to sabotage their own candidate in order to virtue signal to the media that there is “decency” in America. Whites who vote in their own self-interest are “evil” while blacks who do so are heroic fighters for civil rights.
I hope you are listening because something very important is being communicated here by the conservative brain trust to White working class voters: they don’t believe in the social issues, they look down on their own voters as a bunch of retrograde bigots and have been simply exploiting your resentments to advance their neoliberal economic agenda. For generations, conservatives have made bank on these social issues – they’ve controlled the Supreme Court for over 20 years – only to cynically turn around and do favors big business and large donors while in office.
Far from being a triumph for New South Republicans (their candidate Luther Strange went down in defeat), Roy Moore’s loss in the Alabama Senate race heralds the impending demise of their monopoly on Southern politics. Their rise to power has always been predicated on addressing the cultural resentments of White working class voters. Having secured unified Republican control over nearly every Southern state government, the cucks now want to ditch the social issues and run only on their wildly unpopular economic agenda. The bigots are just going to have to accept that.
Sen. Luther Strange tells me he's not ruling out a run for Senate in 2020. "I'm not ruling out anything, no. I've enjoyed my time here and I think I've been very effective partnering with Senator Shelby. I'm excited about the future."
— Robert Costa (@costareports) December 13, 2017
CORKER says Doug Jones winning last night was “A great night for America…”
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) December 13, 2017
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 13, 2017
Country over Party pic.twitter.com/JZMTaEYdxQ
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) December 5, 2017
What is the argument for Republican majorities? If they aren’t going to do anything about abortion, political correctness, gay marriage, immigration, Confederate monuments and all these social issues, why should Southerners who care about these issues vote for them? Once that agenda is taken off the table, the only thing left to debate is taxes, healthcare, student loans, entitlements, etc. If the choice is between the Democrat or the Ryan agenda, many people would prefer the Democrat.
Doug Jones might not even be so bad in the Senate. The Republicans never had any intention of building the wall anyway and he could end up blocking the Ryan agenda on healthcare and entitlements. Also, if Doug Jones wants to be reelected in 2020, he will need the support of the Roy Moore voters after the Strange voters go back to supporting the Republican establishment candidate.
Note: The GOP establishment plan here was to throw the election to Doug Jones so that “Big Luther” could run in 2020 which is all the more reason to sit out the 2018 midterms.