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11/04/2003 Entry: "Party on, y'all!"

I woke up thinking about Gov. Dean's comments on neo-Confederates voting for him. I think we can all relax: The neo-Confederates aren't coming back to the Democratic Party until the Democratic Party comes back to them.

I can remember the Dixicrats and I was happy the neo-Cs had a home of their own and stayed in it. The neo-Cs vote what they want and vote against what they don't want and the hell with everything else. They are not pragmatists. They vote as purely for their opinions as any Green, Progressive, or Libertarian ever did. The neo-Cs are in the Republican Party because the Republican rightwing tells them what they want to hear.

The neo-Cs might vote for a man with a military bearing because of Iraq. Geography, I think, is not so much a factor. I don't think the neo-Cs voted for Clinton. I don't have any numbers, but I'm pretty sure the neo-Cs didn't vote or voted for Bush I.

At best, if bush really pisses the neo-Cs off, they'll stay home and not vote in 2004. As far as I can see there is no way in hell the neo-Cs are going to vote for Gov. Dean as his platform is now. Does Gov. Dean have any actual Southerners working on his campaign? Has he spent any actual time south of the Mason-Dixon line? Maybe he should; he might find the real opposition to everything he stands for and everything he's ever believed.

Trust me, Dems, our political party is safe from the neo-Cs. It's our country and our future that are in danger.

*End of sermon*

Pragmatic note to all Dems: The deep South is probably lost in 2004. I just don't see any of the Gulf states turning Blue unless the Black, Hispanic, and female vote is really energized and the neo-Cs stay home. Jesus loves Southern Liberals but even Molly Ivins can only vote once. However, the Red States in the West and North might vote Dem due to bush's bumbling on the economy and Iraq, especially if we get much more "progress" on both, God help us all.

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I lived in NC (not that that's a really southern southern state) for a few years, and I definitely see your point - still, at some point someone's going to run an actual populist campaign (no idea who it'll be) and it'll sink in.

Maybe if the draft comes back and all the northern gay folks don't have to go.

Posted by julia @ 11/05/2003 04:27 AM PST

 

 

 

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