Sunday, November 30, 2008

Southern Republicans - falling further from the mainstream

The GOP: a regional party of the poor, white, and less educated

Question for Republicans: how does it feel to be on the political side of the least educated among us, the political party that has now fallen so far from the mainstream of America that it is now essentially a regional party of white people?


Southern counties that voted more heavily Republican this year than in 2004 tended to be poorer, less educated and whiter, a statistical analysis by The New York Times shows. Mr. Obama won in only 44 counties in the Appalachian belt, a stretch of 410 counties that runs from New York to Mississippi. Many of those counties, rural and isolated, have been less exposed to the diversity, educational achievement and economic progress experienced by more prosperous areas. ... The Republicans, meanwhile, have “become a Southernized party,” said Thomas Schaller, a political scientist who teaches at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. “They have completely marginalized themselves to a mostly regional party,” he said, pointing out that nearly half of the current Republican House delegation is now Southern... Less than a third of Southern whites voted for Mr. Obama, compared with 43 percent of whites nationally.
The south remains racist

The GOP has lived up to it's reputation here in the south. Race DID matter in this election, particularly in southern states like Alabama:
“Race continues to play a major role in the state,” said Glenn Feldman, a historian at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. “Alabama, unfortunately, continues to remain shackled to the bonds of yesterday.” David Bositis, senior political analyst at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, pointed out that the 18 percent share of whites that voted for Senator John Kerry in 2004 was almost cut in half for Mr. Obama. “There’s no other explanation than race,” he said. more...
Something to be proud of?

22-year veteran Rep. Chris Shays [R-CT] was ousted giving Democrats every House seat from New England. Democrats also took control of all of New York City's delegation in Washington for the first time in 35 years.

Redneck Obama bashing

Obama bashing is what you’d expect from ignorant losers who were dumb enough to support a failed incompetent president with the most consistently low approval ratings in modern history. Naturally they’re envious of a well liked president elect, one that received a unanimous international vote from 22 countries in 3 separate polls (BBC, Pew, and Gallup). One whose popularity provided coat tails for large Democratic majorities in both Houses of Congress.

Nice for a change - a bright young respected president filled with positive and constructive energy. The move from incompetence to competence, I can see why they’re jealous.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Gallup Poll: Lowest approval for Republican Party ever measured

Where is the Republican Party going? Answer: into the shitter.

GOP image goes from bad to worse

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Republican Party has hit a new low.

Just 34 percent of Americans in a Gallup Poll released Thursday say they have a favorable view of the party, down from 40 percent from a month ago, before the election.

What’s worse: 61 percent of Americans have an unfavorable view of the Republican Party.

According to Gallup, that unfavorable rating is the highest the polling organization has recorded for the GOP since the measure was established in 1992.

55% currently hold a favorable view of the Democratic Party and only 39% an unfavorable view

Remember this the next time you hear someone refer to Democrats as the "liberal fringe." We can see who the 'fringe' is now.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Conservatives finally admit it: religion is KILLING the GOP

Conservatives are finally admitting the obvious: Howard Dean was right... it's the "white KKKristian party." The GOP is becoming obsolete.

Look at what a leading conservative writer says about it -
WASHINGTON -- As Republicans sort out the reasons for their defeat, they likely will overlook or dismiss the gorilla in the pulpit.

Three little letters, great big problem: G-O-D. Simply put: Armband religion is killing the Republican Party.

Here's the deal, 'pubbies: Howard Dean was right.

Suffice it to say, the Republican Party is largely comprised of white, married Christians. Anyone watching the two conventions last summer can't have missed the stark differences: One party was brimming with energy, youth and diversity; the other felt like an annual Depends sales meeting.

But, like it or not, we are a diverse nation, no longer predominantly white and Christian. The change Barack Obama promised has already occurred, which is why he won.

The young will get older, of course. Most eventually will marry, and some will become their parents. But nonwhites won't get whiter. And the nonreligious won't get religion through external conversion. It doesn't work that way.

Given those facts, the future of the GOP looks dim and dimmer if it stays the present course. Either the Republican Party needs a new base -- or the nation may need a new party.

Told ya

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

A New America

We chose our leadership last night with a convincing voice. We can be proud of who we are as a nation because we made the right choice. This decision will be applauded by the world.

The election has happened exactly as I expected it would, predicted it would, and for the many reasons I've said that it would. This is a historic election, literally the "end of an error" in American history.

On a personal note... as I told a friend,
I called the election at 8:25 pm for Obama on the TN Free political blog right after Ohio. Even so, at 10:00 pm when the networks called the presidency for Obama, I still got choked up. It's been so long in coming. 1000's of blog posts, comments, emails ... such a long hard 8 years. Almost the entire decade of my 40's. Just imagine how it feels to be an African-American this morning. (...Talk about a long time in coming!) Even though I'm not hurting at all compared to many, America is facing serious challenges.

I'm looking forward to the end of political negativity, bitterness, secrecy, lies, abuse of power, incompetence, and as Scott McClellan called it - "the perpetual campaign mentality" that has divided this nation and formed the basis for flawed leadership. President Obama will of course make mistakes, but at least I trust him. I think others will too if they give him a chance to earn it.

For me, I'll be taking some time off from political posting at here at TN Loose Canon.

Wisdom has been vindicated.

Monday, November 3, 2008

This is how McCain can win

A Bush endorsement for Obama is McCain's last chance for victory