Skip to comments.Can Democrats Win Back the Deep South?
Posted on 06/23/2013 12:45:39 PM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
In the coming weeks, Hanauer and Loranne Ausley, a former member of the Florida House of Representatives, plan to launch something they're calling the Southern Project, which will conduct research and formulate messages that can help Democrats win over Southern voters. A pilot study conducted in North Carolina in February, for example, concluded that under the state's Republican governor, Pat McCrory, "there is a clear sense that hardworking taxpayers are getting the short end of the stick at the expense of big corporations and the wealthiest." The set of talking points advises progressives to make arguments "focused around fairness and accountability," whether the issue is tax reform or charter schools. The Southern Project will equip Southern Democrats with similar examples of messages that have been poll-tested to resonate with voters.
Obama lost North Carolina by just 2 percentage points in 2012, but Republicans took the governor's mansion and a supermajority in the state legislature, helped by a multimillionaire named Art Pope who poured money into the party and its candidates. After the election, McCrory put Pope in his administration's budget department and began pushing a highly ideological agenda through the state legislature, sparking a backlash that has resulted in weeks of protests at the statehouse in Raleigh.
Ausley, who ran unsuccessfully for statewide office in Florida in 2010, said Republicans across the South risk alienating voters with their hard rightward turn. Every Republican-led Southern state has rejected the federally funded expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, she noted; in Florida, Governor Rick Scott tried to accept the funds, but his own Republican-dominated legislature blocked the move. Southern Republicans have recently decried women's entry into the workforce and advocated teaching schoolchildren about proper gender roles.
"Republican legislators are going further than the Southern public wants. There's going to be a backlash."
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It seems like Republican leadership doesn’t care if the South votes for them.
Yeah. Try the “new” blame the rich talking point. That will work in NC.
Also run on a pro gun control platform. Southerners hate guns.
What a bunch of drivel. LOL.
The GOPe considers us an embarrassment.
/ a Texan
Easily! All they have to do is take in a few million more illegals. America is already dead.
the new Dimocrat base just sits around watching TV. They love them some free moneyz!
How about free catfish and hush puppies?
Only with fraud which today includes the registering of any warm body as a legal voter, and creative redistricting. This immigration bill is about registering enough new voters to tip the 2014 election. It is virtually impossible and even illegal to verify citizenship when someone presents themselves to register. Nor is it possible to verify who actually casts the vote from this new “registered citizen”. Republicans are fools if they allow this abomination to pass the House.
Uh, that sounds like a path to sure defeat. Take charter schools for example. How could they possibly lose an argument based upon either "fairness" or accountability?? There surely can be in the universe no institution LESS accountable than a goobermint school. On the issues of fairness, it's true that they do sometimes give preference to low income kids, but other than that, I see no way to accuse them of unfairness, either.
If dems load the south up with a bunch of illegals - then cheat in black precincts - then yeah, they can win any place...
The Obama administration is working feverishly to overcome opposition to the entrenched culture of self-sufficiency throughout parts of the rural south through food stamps and other welfare programs. They simultaneously perform voter outreach, I’m sure.
if they can’t win it, they can surely buy it.
add 40 million new foreigners , legalize them, and voila !
One Party State.
The backlash is just starting against Obama and his Secret Police Forces.
Republicans need to respond with their own project, most specifically to grab blacks. Obama has done nothing for them, they know it, and are being thrown under the bus in favor of Latinos. A significant fraction of them are open to a conservative message.
Its not really about north and south. Its about conservatives vs “moderates”. The north vs south game is just a wedge both democrats and republicans try to use.
Liberals are not idiots. They can both spank the monkey and pick their nose at the same time. They are natural multi-tasking nimrods.
How did that work out for him?
Roger that. We are almost dead now, amnesty for illegal aliens will assure that comes true.
1. You can murder your baby up until the 36th month — no questions asked. We might even let you murder your baby after he is born.
2. Free Obamafones for all.
3. Enjoy your new Mexican or Muslim neighbors.
4. Enroll your son in the New Gay Scounts.
5. Let us teach your 8 year old daughter “sex is fun.”
Yeah, that’ll work.
Well folks in the south did vote for him but he didn’t win north or south. LOL
I remember Karl Rove literally laughing about the fact that Romney couldn’t win any primary races in the south. He said they will vote for him when there are no other choices.
That’s why it’s important to teach the GOP that they can’t count on votes in the general election when they run libs like HW Bush, Dole, McCain ,and Romney.
Well, I can’t disagree with that statement.
Maybe we should listen to Rove more.
rove should not be listened to...look at the election results since he has been there. rove should be shunned.
Si Si Puede
We need all true conservatives united in conservatism. I don’t really care where they’re from as long as they’re American. Heck, FR is based in the heart of darkness.
Personally I think stronger conservatives are made where they have to fight for it every day.
That persistent fallacy that conservatives will have to vote for the RINO because they have no other place to go ignores the fact that they can--and sometimes do--go fishing on Election Day when faced with a tweeeledee-tweedledum choice.
“rove should be shunned.”
You’d turn your back to him? Brave man.
Hey, don’t blame me. I voted for Kodos.
.... and the fork ran away with the spoon...
I’ve heard most of the old ones, and unless you have something new to bring to the table, I think I’ll take another nap.. :)
“Republican legislators are going further than the Southern public wants. There’s going to be a backlash.”
What a maroon. Must think Florida is the south.
"there is a clear sense that hardworking taxpayers are getting the short end of the stick at the expense of big government and the politicians."
Fixed for accuracy.
Well, given the Yankee invasion from the North and the No Comprende vote coming from the other side of the borders perhaps yes.
In the first instance, just had another one show up in the neighborhood....what do you do? “I worked for a constituency firm.” A lobbyist? “Well, yes you could say that.” What did your wife do? “She worked for the Smithsonian.” Perfect...where did you live? “Alexandria Va but we already had a vacation home in North Carolina.” Nice. How did you choose this area to retire to? “Oh, we sold our home in Alexandria and were able to buy this one and put money away too. We like the no state income tax.” Great.
As far as the south of the border group, well, with our senator Rubio deciding to fly the open borders flag, we are screwed from within and from without now. I think I will start flying two Gadsden flags now rather than just the one.
I would say draw a line north of St Augustine across Florida and you are in the south. The rest of the state is a goner.
Yep. That’s about it.
St. Augustine the dividing line on the Atlantic side of Florida, no doubt true. On the Gulf side the line is further south. Anything south of Levy County is gone.
Can Democrats Win Back the Deep South?
When enough of the North Eastern liberal douch bags that have destroyed their own states end up here, and continue to vote for the very communist crap here that they moved to get away from, we will be officially screwed.
Yes, if the GOP Establishment can do anything about it.