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Old 11-06-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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WHo else remembers when the South was solidily Democratic and the North was solidly Republican? I was horrified when the first southern states went Republican "back in the day." And now I think they're going Blue again.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Yeah and the northeast is staying blue while the south is turning blue. Pretty soon the whole country will be blue.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:26 PM
 
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WHo else remembers when the South was solidily Democratic and the North was solidly Republican? I was horrified when the first southern states went Republican "back in the day." And now I think they're going Blue again.
No but I had dinner in Louisville, KY last weekend with a friends aging parents (late 70s/early 80s) and the father mentioned that when they first moved to KY many years back it was a Democratic state and he got some flag from the County Commissioner for saying he was registering Republican. Now as life long Republicans they feel the party bears little resemblance to the party they first joined.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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WHo else remembers when the South was solidily Democratic and the North was solidly Republican? I was horrified when the first southern states went Republican "back in the day." And now I think they're going Blue again.
Yeah, but that was back when the Democratic and the Republican party were totally different than they are now. Back then was completely different. I know because I lived through it. Now, both parties are two sides of the same coin.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:33 PM
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Location: NC/SC Border Patrol
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I remember when....
George Bush, Sr. was probably the first Republican president I voted for. His first term only. He did nothing about abortion, so I voted for a Democrat the next time. Please don't ask me who that was. I said I was going to vote a straight Republican ticket this time, but when I started looking to see who was running, just couldn't do it. I am now registered Republican because the county commissioners where I live are selected when the primary is over. We went about 69% McCain this time in our county. I think I am really an independent.

It is amusing when I hear the Northern transplants now talk about changing our state. We get more Republicans from the North than we do Democrats. Before the influx our county was Blue. I think there have been other changes too, but that is one of the changes.

1972 was the first time North Carolina had a Republican Governor since the Civil War. We have only had one other since that. When I went to change my registration from Democrat to Republican, I told the person doing the changing that I was changing from my Dad's party to my Mother's party. She laughed.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I remember when....
George Bush, Sr. was probably the first Republican I voted for. His first term only. He did nothing about abortion, so I voted for a Democrat the next time. Please don't ask me who that was. I said I was going to vote a straight Republican ticket this time, but when I started looking to see who was running, just couldn't do it. I am now registered Republican because the county commissioners where I live are selected when the primary is over. We went about 69% McCain this time in our county. I think I am really an independent.
I remember Ike and he truly had conservastive views, siomething that is now lacking from either party.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:35 PM
 
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When LBJ signed (either the Civil Rights Act, or the) Voting Rights Act he said; "we've just lost the (white) South for a generation. I don't think that "a generation" is usually 43 years, but it looks like it's coming back.

Reagan and Bush played the "southern strategy" to good effect. As whites became accustomed to having blacks living and working among them the Rs had to come up with something else; enter GWBush and the "guns, god and gays" strategy. That worked for two elections but now people have realized that gay people are not the devil and the government that cannot find and kick out illegal immigrants probably can'[t come for your guns either.

Common sense may be returning to much of the American public.

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Old 11-06-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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WHo else remembers when the South was solidily Democratic and the North was solidly Republican? I was horrified when the first southern states went Republican "back in the day." And now I think they're going Blue again.
Yes, I do remember that.
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:36 PM
 
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Yeah, but that was back when the Democratic and the Republican party were totally different than they are now. Back then was completely different. I know because I lived through it. Now, both parties are two sides of the same coin.
I don't know which coin you mean but:

Much has been written recently about how the defecting Dixiecrats and Wallace voters have finally taken control of the Republican Party so it shouldn't be surprising to see how the their last bastion is largely in the South and rural West.

Are John McCain and Sarah Palin heirs to George Wallace's legacy? - By Diane McWhorter - Slate Magazine

Amazon.com: From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994: Dan T. Carter: Books
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Old 11-06-2008, 12:39 PM
 
Location: Missouri
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I don't know which coin you mean but:

Much has been written recently about how the defecting Dixiecrats and Wallace voters have finally taken control of the Republican Party so it shouldn't be surprising to see how the their last bastion is largely in the South and rural West.

Are John McCain and Sarah Palin heirs to George Wallace's legacy? - By Diane McWhorter - Slate Magazine

Amazon.com: From George Wallace to Newt Gingrich: Race in the Conservative Counterrevolution, 1963-1994: Dan T. Carter: Books
Politics today by either party is the coin. They are both sides of it and neither party is worth a whit at all. If anyone honestly thinks that Obama or the Democratic party or the Republican party actually cares about them then they show how uninformed they truly are.
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