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Southern Politics

Southern politics are conservative and Republican overall, but Southern Democrats still exist. Most Southern states are red states. At one time, there were many "yellow-dog Democrats" in the South (meaning a Democrat who would vote for an old yellow dog before they would vote Republican). After the Civil Rights struggles of the 1960s, party lines shifted. Many Democrats switched to the Republican party. The phenomenon is usually cited as proof of racism. Labelling all Southerners as "racist" may only serve to further alienate both Republicans and Democrats in Southern states. Most Southern voters are conservative. Conservatism has become associated with the Republican ticket, and liberals, with the Democratic ticket. The Democratic party still has a strong hold in Southern states, though. Southern metropolitan communities favor Democrats. Southern black voters also vote the Democratic ticket. That's partly because the Democrats used to be considered the ticket of blue-collar workers. The Republicans were once seen by many Southern voters as being carpetbaggers and later, just "the party of the rich." Conservative Republicans gained more ground in the South under Reagan, who converted more yellow-dog Democrats into Republicans. Some conservative communities in the South may still vote heavily Democratic because they have not yet come to identify the Republican party as the conservative party. Others do so because of a more moderate or liberal ideology. The U.S. South is conservative, but more culturally diverse than people know. (Scroll down to blogs.)



Selected Southern Blogs

This is a mere sampling of Southern blogs. Some are political in nature, and some just reflect Southern culture.

CounterPunch       ThinkSouth

Chicken Fat       SouthCon

Southern District of Florida Blog       Bellum Et Mores

Georgia Politics Unfiltered       The LRC Blog

ZardozZ News & Satire

Suggest a Southern blog or website by e-mailing: editor (at) southernmuse.com. Check out our "Potluck" page of suggested sites.

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