Wednesday, 17 December 2014 12:30
With Landrieu loss, Dixie's Democrat Dump completed

election-mapby Pat Culverhouse, Republished from Fax-Net, with permission 

Love that Mark Twain. “If you don’t read the newspaper, you’re uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you’re misinformed,” the Missouri Muse wrote once upon a time.
    Your Humble Observer has been guilty of being both un and mis in the area of informed. That’s a major part of the reason I rarely respond to the writing of columnists. Most of them are more than a little smarter than YHO, so I hesitate to contradict.

    There are times, however…
    Now that Election 2014, a.k.a., the Mid-Term Slaughter, is history several stories have noted just how Republican the “Deep South” has become. 
    A quick trip across the South from the Carolinas to Texas, only Virginia and Florida will send a Democrat to the U.S. Senate. That’s two Democrats in a geographical area that at one time featured nothing but Democrats in D.C.
    Times have certainly changed since Rutherford B. Hayes occupied the White House.  Armed with that little tidbit of information, one might expect that Democrats are already busily mapping strategy to reclaim the South. 
    But this is the “new” Democratic Party that showed Mary Landrieu, a three-term incumbent, the underside of the bus. With no help from the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee, Landrieu got her head handed to her by Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy.
    Another strategy could be revealing its ugly self and a writer with impeccable liberal credentials may have released the proverbial cat from the political bag. 
    In a piece published in The Daily Beast under the title “Dems, it’s Time to Dump Dixie,” Michael Tomasky says with the Louisiana loss, Democrats lost their last senator in the deep South, “And that’s a good thing. 
    They should write it off—because  they don’t need it.”  Considering the overall track record of my Democrats since 2008, it’s nice to not be needed. But it hurts a little to have someone who has penned a couple of books and plenty of less wordy pieces for the likes of The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review, Harper’s Weekly, The Nation, The Village Voice and others insist we’re unworthy of even a token effort outside presidential campaigns.
    Dipping into the race pool, which is becoming a disappointing favorite theme of progressive and liberal pundits, Tomasky quotes a Memphis representative who believes Democrats as a party cannot try to calibrate its positions to placate Southern ideals.  “…really a lot of white Southerners vote on gays  and guns and God, and we’re not going to ever be too good on gays and guns and God,” 
    Steve Cohen reportedly told a Tomasky colleague. By application, Mr. Cohen apparently believes “we’re” not going to ever be too good on white Southerners, either.
    Giving up is giving in.  
    “It’s lost. It’s gone. A different country. And  maybe someday it really should be,” Tomasky writes about we in the South. Then comes the kicker which shows just how ignorant some intellectuals can be.
    “If they (Democrats) get no votes from the region, they will in turn owe it nothing and in time the South, which is the biggest welfare moocher in the world in terms of the largesse it gets from the more advanced and innovative states, will be on its own…”
    Wonder if Tomasky’s alma mater, West Virginia University, neglected to tell him from whence comes dollars for welfare. Every taxpayer in the South contributes, and we do so for our own and for those of the more “advanced and innovative” states of Maine, New York, Ohio, Illinois, New Mexico, California and Hawaii; states which have more people on welfare than working.
    And, by the way…we wonder if Mr. Tomasky has considered  that many of these Republican gains have been made in states where Democrats still outnumber Republicans in registered voters.  We know Independents are growing in number, but our experts  tell us Independents most often caucus with Democrats, so that seems moot.
    Looks like Tomasky did a little post-graduate studying with Jonathan Gruber and has been misled to believe the only thing more stupid than a voter is a reader of opinion columns. Thanks to Mr. Tomasky for reminding us it’s often better to be dumped than to be dumped on by adherents of a failing idiotology. 
    Thought for thinking: If you put all your eggs in one basket, don’t ever take your eyes off the basket.
    Pat Culverhouse is an award-winning journalist who also writes for the Minden Press-Herald.  E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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