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    *** The Elephant In The Room: At what point do what a bunch of folks in D.C. believe privately become more public -- that there is a dramatic divide between how people in the South view Obama versus the rest of the country? Sure, the South has always been more conservative and has been increasingly more Republican, so it shouldn't be a surprise this region is less open to a Democratic president's ideas; it's no different than folks in New York City and San Francisco not being open to a Republican president's proposals. But is it really the "D" next to Obama’s name that has folks upset in the South? Yes, there was a "coastal" divide when it came to George W. Bush, and the election results of 2004, 2006, and 2008 proved that. But is it ALL just ideological? It's truly subjective... As defiant as some on the right are about the fact that this has nothing to do with race, there’s an equal group of folks who believe it's ONLY grounded in race. Bottom line: Whether it's fair or not, there is a perception growing that race is driving some elements of the opposition to Obama. It probably means this tumult will only grow for the time being.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 07:57:44 AM PDT

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      Howard Dean gets to hand Newt Gingrich a beat down on kickoff Sunday...

      "Republicans drove the country into a ditch and now they are complaining about the cost of the tow truck"-Jim Cornette

      by justmy2 on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 08:48:22 AM PDT

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    •  Wow, very very interesting. I wonder (0+ / 0-)

      who will be the first to conduct a poll about Obama, without including the South.

      "Where all Obama's people to help him with this now? He is like Michael Jordan on a VERY, VERY, VERY bad team". - Bill Maher.

      by blackwaterdog on Fri Sep 11, 2009 at 10:23:39 AM PDT

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    •  ugh!!! (1+ / 0-)
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      As defiant as some on the right are about the fact that this has nothing to do with race, there’s an equal group of folks who believe it's ONLY grounded in race. Bottom line: Whether it's fair or not, there is a perception growing that race is driving some elements of the opposition to Obama. It probably means this tumult will only grow for the time being.

      This is bothersome to me... I really think that this is largely an idealogical division between north and south and that focuses on race is quite detrimental to an honest discussion of what is really going on. When a non-racist is accused of racism the door immediately slams on the conversation and this already isolated feeling region of the country feels even more isolated.

      I don't know if you've seen these estimates from a couple of weeks ago in this diary by Silver Springs. These numbers are pretty scary....It is like 2 different worlds. One largely united and the other starkly divided across racial lines!

      "Southern Whites" (approx. 21% of the U.S. population):
      Obama - 5% favorable; 91% unfavorable

      "everyone else" (non-Southerners of all races and Southern blacks and Hispanics; approx. 79% of the U.S. population):
      Obama - 68% favorable; 26% unfavorable

      GOP:

      "Southern Whites" - 64% favorable; 18% unfavorable
      "everyone else" - 9% favorable; 84% unfavorable

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