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  •  You are, again, dead wrong. (0+ / 0-)

    Here is part of what wikipedia had to say about the "Southern Strategy."

    In American politics, the Southern strategy refers to a Republican Party strategy of gaining political support for certain candidates in the Southern United States by appealing to racism against African Americans.[1][2][3][4][5]
    Though the "Solid South" had been a longtime Democratic Party stronghold due to the Democratic Party's defense of slavery before the American Civil War and segregation for a century thereafter, many white Southern Democrats stopped supporting the party following the civil rights plank of the Democratic campaign in 1948 (triggering theDixiecrats), the African-American Civil Rights Movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, and desegregation.
    The strategy was first adopted under future Republican President Richard Nixon and Republican Senator Barry Goldwater[6][7] in the late 1960s.[8] The strategy was successful in winning 5 formerly Confederate states in both the 1964 and 1968 presidential elections. It contributed to the electoral realignment of some Southern states to the Republican Party, but at the expense of losing more than 90 percent of black voters to the Democratic Party. As the twentieth century came to a close, the Republican Party began trying to appeal again to black voters, though with little success.[8]
    In 2005, Republican National Committee chairman Ken Mehlman acknowledged the Southern strategy and formally apologized to the NAACP for ignoring the black vote in the previous century.[9]
    My part in our dialogue is now ended.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sun Oct 13, 2013 at 06:06:23 AM PDT

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    •  And if Wikipedia were authoritative (0+ / 0-)

      you might be right. Sadly, it is not. Among other questionable parts of the article is the basic assertion of the existence of this supposed deliberate thing called the Southern strategy.

      Now, if you have a document of the Republican party and/or its operatives describing the conscious adoption of such a strategy, that would be a different matter, and I would be extremely interested to see it. But no such document exists, and the books and articles, some of which I have examined (my academic background and degrees are in political science, although today I mostly teach political theory), generally predicate the existence of such a strategy on poorly thought-out inferences, not demonstration. Certainly the Mehlman reference offers no such proof, as Mehlman did not, in fact, acknowledge any Southern strategy to the NAACP, but merely apologized that, ''Some Republicans gave up on winning the African-American vote, looking the other way or trying to benefit politically from racial polarization..." That's not the same thing as a stated strategy, or even a Southern one.

      But in reality, to begin with, white migration out of the Democratic party really began in the 20s (not after 1964), the presumed polarization and changeover to the Republican party doesn't begin to explain why Southern states go back and forth on party election results, doesn't explain why virtually none of the southern Democrats who voted for the '64 Civil Right Bill were turned out of office, and, as I originally asked (and you do not answer), doesn't explain things like Nixon's election statistics. That's just for a start.

      So, you are wise to claim that your part in the dialogue is ended, it never having really begun.

      •  One more comment on the Wikipedia article- (0+ / 0-)

        I thought Goldwater won only two states altogether in the 1964 election.  I'm thinking that they were Mississippi and Alabama.  Am I wrong on that, or is the citation that

        The strategy was successful in winning 5 formerly Confederate states in both the 1964 and 1968 presidential elections.
        in error?

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