How on earth did the Democrat Party lose the entire South?
You read that right. At state level, the deep South, from Texas across the Gulf to the Atlantic Carolinas, is now totally red — governors, state legislatures, and federal senators. This became official with the Louisiana senatorial runoff on December 6. Here's Rick Moran on the conservative website ThePJTatler.com:
Cassidy Buries Landrieu in Louisiana Senate Runoff
There's been a lot of shouting about this on various websites, most notably Michael Tomasky's meltdown in The Daily Beast. Forgive me for not linking to the article, but as a native and lifelong enthusiast of the contemporary deep South, I found his diatribe to be insulting at best. Although frankly I should link it in, because it pretty much makes my case for me.
How did the Democrat Party lose the entire South? By behaving like Michael Tomasky. And Mary Landrieu, D-LA senatorial candidate, who claimed she was losing the election because voters in Louisiana were racist and sexist bigots. Never mind that those same voters had elected her three times. From Aleister on the always excellent LegalInsurrection.com:
Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu makes offensive remarks about her constituents
By behaving like Mark Udall, D-CO senatorial candidate, who so emphasized birth control issues at the expense of every other single electoral concern that he was nicknamed "Mark Uterus," and not by the conservative blogosphere. Again from Legal Insurrection, this time from Kemberlee Kaye:
Mark Udall heckled by own donor over War on Women obsession
By behaving like Wendy Davis, D-TX gubernatorial candidate, who aimed attack ads at her opponent, Texas' current attorney general and future governor, Greg Abbott… for being partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair. No, I'm not exaggerating. Back to Legal Insurrection, this time from William A. Jacobson, clinical professor, Cornell Law School:
Wendy Davis’ campaign ends in farce – runs Greg Abbott Wheelchair Ad
And most of all, by behaving like Jonathan Gruber, the smarmy MIT economics prof who taught the Democrats their talking points on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the PPACA, the ACA, or ObamaCare, as you prefer). Recently a slew of videos were unearthed, all showing Gruber in front of sympathetic audiences, people who laughed and clapped for him, and so it's difficult to believe that he wasn't telling them the truth from the bottom of his liberal heart.
These links are from the amazing Instapundit and are posted in reverse date order. Most of them contain links to articles describing or showing one or more of the infamous Gruber videos:
July 25, 2014: Watch Obamacare Architect Jonathan Gruber Admit in 2012 That Subsidies Were Limited to State-Run Exchanges.
July 25: Who are you going to believe — me, or your lying ears?
July 26, linking to USA Today: ObamaCare Court Defense Crumbles
November 11, linking to Keith Hennessey: Honesty About Lying
November 12, linking to Bloomberg.com: A Field Marshal in the Army of Davids
November 12, linking to the Washington Examiner: Three Strikes (Gruber Video #3)
November 13: Do tell
November 14: It's a target-rich environment (Gruber Video #5)
November 15: The hits keep coming (Gruber Video #6)
November 17: Related, linking to Marc Thiessen at the Washington Post
Surely that's enough. You get the idea. The point here isn't so much that politicians lie to voters; that's hardly news. After all, the Politico 2013 Lie of the Year was the president's own favorite, "If you like your plan, you can keep your plan." The real point here is how they smirk and make fun of the voters they're planning on lying to.
This is part of what Southern voters, at least, object to. The Democrats haven't lost the South because of the Southerner's racism, or sexism, or classism. It's their own elitism that's done the dirty deed.
On the conservative website National Review Online, blogger Jim Geraghty nails it:
Gruber Showcases Democrats’ Own ‘47 Percent’ Philosophy
In a similar vein, the Washington Examiner:
Liberals turn on South after Landrieu rout
Democrats still confused as to why the South has given up on them.
Stephen Moore at Investor's Business Daily online:
GOP Holds Solid South As Democrats Sneer At Region
Manners still matter in the South. While policies are hugely important — of course — it's the nose-in-the-air, I'm-smarter-and-better-than-you behavior that leaves a sour taste.
Thanks for stopping by. Happy reading,