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November 2nd, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Last white House Democratic congressman in the Deep South fights for political survival

This is the third in an occasional series on issues of race, identity and politics ahead of Election Day, including a look at the optics of politics, a civil rights icon registering voters and how parallels to the past haunt the age of Obama.

By Moni Basu, CNN

Baxley, Georgia (CNN) - Here in the home of timber yards, BB-gun champs and DEET-defying gnats, John Barrow is fighting for survival.

He's the last standing white Democrat from the Deep South in the U.S. House of Representatives, a remaining sliver of a party machine that once brokered power for the region's establishment.

John Barrow, the last white Democratic congressman from the Deep South, is fighting to win in a conservative district.

Barrow's political death, if it comes on Election Day, would serve as a stark signal of the electoral realignment dividing Southern Democrats and Republicans along racial lines.

The ramifications are huge - not just in the South, but nationally - in determining the future of both parties, say political observers and historians who are closely watching Barrow's uphill battle.

If Barrow loses, every Democratic congressman from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina and Georgia will be black. Every Republican will be white, save Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was elected in 2010 with Tea Party backing.

Barrow finds himself working hard for votes in Georgia towns swept by a tide of Republican Red - towns like Baxley, where, among many folks, saying "Democrat" is like taking the devil's name.

Barrow has attended the "Redneck Games" in Dublin and recently hosted a barbecue dinner at the American Legion Altamaha Post 26, where he bought five raffle tickets for a Mossberg Model 500A 12-gauge shotgun.

He might belong to the party of his daddy and his granddaddy, but his public persona stands far removed from Washington's Democratic leadership.

"A Democratic label is a killer in that district," says Emory University political scientist Merle Black, an authority on Southern politics. "The Democratic Party across the Deep South is in real trouble with white voters."

To make matters tougher, the GOP-controlled Georgia legislature redrew the boundaries for Barrow's 12th District following the 2010 census, making his constituency even redder.

Barrow knows he can't win without a chunk of conservative Republicans crossing over.

But those who have followed his career say if anyone can defy political odds, it's Barrow.

"This is a district that went for (John) McCain and it will go for Mitt Romney this fall," Black says.

Theoretically, it should be virtually impossible for Barrow to win a fifth term. But he's done it before.

He's known as a survivor.

And he acts like one on the campaign trail.

'Made in Georgia'

On a muggy October morning, Barrow is on the second leg of his "Made in Georgia" tour.

He's determined to get to know manufacturing companies in Appling and Coffee counties. They are new additions to a district that sprawls north along the Savannah River to Augusta and westward into towns like Vidalia, as in sweet onion fame, and Dublin, home to a VA hospital and plenty of shamrocks.

The territory feels familiar - same land, people and values that dominate counties that were already in Barrow's district. But many here don't know his name, except maybe through the barrage of television commercials.

"I don't know if you know about my politics," Barrow tells Jimmy Cook, owner of a Baxley nursery that grows everything from peppers to poinsettias.

"Actually, I'm an independent," Barrow says. "If Obama is doing what's right for Georgia, then I'm on his side. If he's not, then I'm not."

Down the road, folks like Stephen Worthington, director of Southeast wood procurement at lumber giant Rayonier, are fans of Rep. Jack Kingston, the Republican who represented these counties until redistricting.

Worthington talks timber with Barrow, giving him a hard-hat-and-safety-glasses tour past menacing machinery that makes 1,200-pound pine logs look as light as toothpicks.

"We need your help getting the housing economy back up," Worthington says.

Later, after Barrow leaves, Worthington ponders the chances of a Barrow victory.

"Is anyone a Democrat around here?" he says, looking around a room full of Republicans.

Barrow knows well that he's facing the challenge of a lifetime around these parts.

He's counting on making personal connections that will help him bridge the political gap.

Like with Philip Smith, the manager of aluminum maker Elixir Industries in nearby Douglas.

In a chat in his office, Smith tells Barrow two things right off the bat: that he pretty much votes Republican, and that Barrow's GOP challenger, Lee Anderson, is also getting a tour of Elixir today.

Not one to show a great deal of emotion, Barrow nods his head and lets Smith continue.

"Here's what people around here don't like about Washington," Smith says. "People are tired of bickering between Republicans and Democrats."

Barrow leans forward in his armchair.

"I'm a party unfavorite," he tells Smith. "I am one of the most independent people up there.

"You should never surrender your own good judgment to someone else."

A politician's true measure of independence, Barrow believes, is how often he disagrees with his own side and votes with the other. On that scale, Barrow's a clear voice down the middle, he tells Smith.

That's exactly how a television ad portrays Barrow to prospective voters.

"Hi, I'm John Barrow. Some people like me. Some people don't," starts the ad.

He says the Democrats don't like his "A" rating with the NRA, which endorsed him in the race. Republicans, he says, don't like that he voted against the plan to privatize Medicare. He says both parties were wrong on the Wall Street bailout.

"I approved this message because folks in Washington don't like me being independent, but you're the one who counts."

It's that kind of courting of conservatives that wins Barrow points. He makes headway with Smith.

The plant manager tells Barrow he is tired of young people who ought to be working taking advantage of entitlements. He's had enough of the country's massive deficit.

"You can't spend more than you earn," Smith says.

"That's right," Barrow says, telling him how he has been working with the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition in Congress to reduce the deficit.

It's apparent that it will take a lot for Smith to cast a ballot for a Democrat. But Barrow, it seems, has gotten his ear.

John Barrow greets aluminum plant employees in Douglas, Georgia, a town that was added to his district when the GOP-dominated legislature redrew the lines.

Kith and kin

Smith takes him on an exhaustive tour of Elixir's vast plant, which spits out shiny new aluminum products in seemingly every shape and size known to man. The workers here make shower doors, side rails for golf carts, even field-hockey posts.

Barrow says hello to many of the employees on their 11:30 a.m. lunch break, greeting them with a fist-bump and flashing a toothy smile.

In one of the small break rooms, he sits down to eat a Subway Italian foot-long he's brought along for his tour. Most of the employees have brought food from home: sandwiches, chicken and rice.

Barrow talks a language lawmaker and worker have in common: football.

The Coffee County high school team just beat Tifton 24-7. They play Lowndes County later in the month. Barrow asks if the Valdosta school is still a formidable foe.

"Nah," the employees respond in unison.

"They ain't no good no more," adds one.

With others, he talks land.

His grandma was born in Baxley. Lived here in the 1880s when white folks in Dixie were fiercely proud to be Democrats.

He grew up in Athens, the son of Judge James Barrow and Phyllis Jenkins Barrow, who both served in the military during World War II.

When he was "itty-bitty," Barrow says, he drove through Appling County on his way to Jekyll Island for family vacations on the Georgia coast. That was at the height of the struggle to end segregation.

He studied political science and history at the University of Georgia - his blood runs Bulldog Red and Black - before studying law at Harvard.

By then, the South had already turned the corner in going from blue to red.

After President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act into law, he reportedly told an aide: "We have lost the South for a generation."

Johnson was right. Conservative white Southerners turned Republican in droves as the national Democratic Party championed equal rights and was seen as increasingly liberal.

That perception remains an obstacle for Barrow to this day.

"The Democratic Party is now defined by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. These are very liberal Democrats," says Emory's Black.

"And that's a nonstarter for a majority of whites in the South."

As Barrow makes his way past machines that melt and mold aluminum, Mark Sibley comes running out of a glass office. He wants to shake Barrow's hand.

"I vote for anybody who's good. I don't care about party," Sibley says.

He tells Barrow he likes his commercials and his promises to end wasteful spending.

Mark Sibley ran out to shake Barrow's hand during a tour of Elixir Industries.

Sibley has worked at Elixir for 2 1/2 years. That was after he lost a job at a chicken plant that shuttered its Coffee County operations in 2009.

Sibley says it means a lot to him that Barrow came to visit Elixir and took the time to meet with voters.

He and others here say they aren't much impressed with Barrow's opponent.

Lee Anderson, a state legislator and former head of the Georgia Farm Bureau, stamps his campaign placards with an image of a tractor. He has a Southern accent so pronounced, says Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Jim Galloway, that it ought to be bottled up for posterity.

Anderson has played up his rural Georgia roots. But some people around here don't think much of his farming background. "He ain't never cut anything but hay," Anderson's critics like to say.

A weak opponent could save the day for Barrow, and so far Anderson has not shown to be otherwise, Emory's Black says. The Rothenberg Report, a nonpartisan political handicapper, is now characterizing the 12th District race as "toss-up/tilt Democrat."

"This district is one that should have never been a headache for the GOP, but after getting a weak nominee in state Rep. Lee Anderson, reality is setting in for many Republican operatives," Rothenberg said. "Anderson's weakness isn't the only factor in this race. Rep. John Barrow has run a good race with terrific TV ads meant to demonstrate his political independence and get voters to focus on him and not on his party."

The report cited Barrow for distancing himself from the "the stereotypical Democratic label."

Anderson has refused to debate Barrow, demanding that he pronounce his presidential choice in front of a camera so as to not deceive voters.

"I want him to tell the truth," Anderson says. "Sometimes he's an independent. Sometimes he's a Democrat. Sometimes, who knows?"

Barrow says he has already said he will vote for Obama and that Anderson just doesn't want to talk about the issues.

Bob Young, a well-known Georgia Republican who served as mayor of Augusta in the early 2000s, says Anderson is making a mistake by not confronting Barrow in a public face-off.

"From my perspective, I want to see my Republican candidate take on the opposition head to head, toe to toe, here in the district," Young says.

"This campaign is not being waged in front of the people," Young says. "At the end of the day, I'm a Republican. But (Anderson) makes it hard."

It's not as hard for Young's wife, Gwen Fulcher Young, who made up her mind not just to vote for Barrow but actively solicit votes for him.

"My wife has gone rogue," Young jokes. But he adds that he can see the attraction to Barrow.

"He has built a reputation for constituent service," Young says. "People relate to a congressman who relates to them. Barrow's a known quantity."

The presidential vote could also affect the outcome of Barrow's race, says Galloway.

"In Georgia, Mitt Romney was the second choice for many Republican voters," Galloway says. "There are some indications of a lack of enthusiasm. And that means a disenchanted (GOP) turnout."

Barrow looks at it differently: the more voters, the better.

"Presidential turnout is always the best no matter who's on the ballot," he says.

It's like every church that has members who show up only one time of the year, he says. On Easter Sunday.

Black and white

Barrow's campaign sent out more than 500 invitations for an early evening dinner at a rented event space in Douglas called The Atrium. It's a building that was recently rehabbed by developer Francis Lott, who hung up his Democratic credentials for the GOP about 15 years ago.

About 30 people show up for pulled pork barbecue and green beans just as dark clouds begin to scatter in the sky. Many are African-Americans who make up Barrow's core support in rural Georgia.

John Barrow shares a meal with supporters in Douglas, Georgia. Some black voters perceived Barrow as distancing himself from the Democratic party to win votes.

They don't care much for the fact that Barrow voted against the president's Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Or that he voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

They don't think Barrow ought to be distancing himself from the president the way they thought he did by not attending the Democratic National Convention.

If you're going to be a Democrat, then be a Democrat, says Johnny Roper, who served on the Douglas city commission for 27 years.

"We really want someone more devoted," he says as caterers begin to serve the meal.

But, he asks, what's the choice? There's a big difference between Barrow and his Republican opponent, who Roper says is "no good for poor folks."

But minority votes like Roper's have been diluted in Barrow's newly drawn district.

The Georgia General Assembly had redrawn Barrow's district once before.

Barrow was first elected to Congress in 2004, the same year Republicans took control of both houses in the state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction.

Two years later, Barrow's hometown of Athens was cut from his district in an unprecedented mid-decade redistricting, and the congressman moved to Savannah. He had to move again to Augusta when his district lost Chatham County, which includes a chunk of core Democratic voters in Savannah, and gained large swaths of rural areas populated by conservative whites.

Georgia Republicans say the lines were redrawn to reflect the state's population changes.

But civil rights groups say Republicans are trying to further empower themselves by isolating black voters in majority-minority districts represented mostly by black Democrats.

"They are using race," says Anita Earls, a civil rights lawyer and executive director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

"The Republican strategy is to try to make the Democratic Party a party of black people," she says.

That will make it more difficult for Democrats to win races in the near future, Earls says, but changing U.S. demographics - in which minority populations are growing at faster rates than whites - means that eventually that strategy will be doomed.

"They don't have a long-term formula for success," Earls says. "Maybe, they get a decade."

Emory's Black says the Republicans are doing what the Democrats did to them when they dominated the state assembly: drawing them out of power.

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said as much when he spoke to the Georgia delegation at the Republican convention in Tampa.

There was only one Georgia Republican in the House when Boehner first entered Congress in 1991.

"We're going to have 10 after November - two more," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He was talking about Georgia's population gains that led to the creation of a new 14th District that's overwhelmingly GOP - and, of course, about Barrow.

"I can't speak to the motives of the people who drew the lines," says Young, the former Augusta mayor, "but we all know that the Supreme Court has set a pretty high bar in maintaining communities of interest. These districts have passed the muster of the Obama Justice Department."

But Barrow says he feels like a target, a poster child, he says, for gerrymandering.

"No question about it," he says - the Republicans are trying to force him out.

"But I made a promise to my voters."

It's a pledge he intends to honor - to represent the people who have looked to him in Congress since he was first elected.

Lowell M. Greenbaum, chairman of the Democratic Party in Richmond County, says the idea that the Democratic Party can no longer attract Southern white voters is incorrect.

Barrow agrees.

"Look, voters are up for grabs and parties have always responded one way or the other," he says.

"The problem is that voters have had their votes taken away from them without them realizing it," he says, referring to the creation of minority-majority districts.

Greenbaum doesn't begrudge Barrow's strategy of playing up his independence, playing it down the middle and not always advertising loudly that he still belongs to the party of his daddy and granddaddy.

"He does cast a vote at times with which the Democratic Party is not happy," Greenbaum says. "But when we invite him to explain his votes, he always comes. He is in direct communication with us all the time, which we feel is very important for a congressman."

Barrow has a way with people, Greenbaum says. And that's why a white Democratic congressman from the Deep South could still have an office in Washington after November.

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  1. 13directors

    Maybe so, I don't know him, so I can't say, but I am from Georgia and I know that classism is rampid. And since many Blacks have been disproportionately disenfranchised for hundreds of years, many fall into the very lowest classes in rural Georgia. There's no incentive among land-owning Whites to change the status quo.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brodie

      Exactly!! You get it. It's all about class. And in the South, blacks make up the majority of the lowest classes. And why is taht? Historical in-your-face racism, starting when the first slave was brought to the South.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Disenchanted

    What a display of sanctimonious, hypocritical, and ignorant rubbish. This country is dying from within. Look in the mirror. It isn't because of race. It isn't because of the GOP. It isn't because of the Democrats, or the North, or the South. It is YOU. All of you. All these politicians do is pander to your preconceived stupidity, name calling, and hypocrisy. Pontificating here may make you feel good or powerful. But, it means nothing. Go do something instead of yapping online. Again, look in the mirror. Be honest. If you do, you won't be pointing a soiled finger so much anymore. Hypocrities!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • JosephS

      I agree. If you vote strictly along party lines, make blanket statements about all people from the opposing side, you have already drunk the kool aid. Democrat or Republican; different sides of the same coin. Do you prefer the blue or red kool aid?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Southern Democrat

        I 100% agree. When I see someone spout off some party line, I often wonder if they want to be fair about the candidate they support. The answer is no, they just want to spread the propaganda for the team they support. I am a non-religious fiscal conservative. I feel like I have no political home.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. WilSmith24

    To understand you have to go back to 1875 when the supreme court over turn rights in the south. Before 1875 Mississippi had over 170,000 regsitered black voters. Once the Supereme Court of 1875 over turn laws it gave whites the green light for voter supperssion, with in 1 year Mississiipp only has 100 register black voters.

    Today Mississippi Black population is 40 to 42% Black but the top elected officals are mainly all white. Benny Thonpson of the US 2nd Congressional District of Mississippi is the only top Black in the state and as we speak Mississippi Official are debating how to redraw the state district lines. Mississippi 40% Black population is the highest % in the country, this should make you wonder just how much the south has really changed or refused to change.

    In 1875 the Democratic Party is what is todays 2012 Republican Party. Todays Republican Party are still finding ways to suppress todays vote. From 1875 to 2012 the Grand Ole Party (GOP) is the same. Funny Many in the party have not clue of the history of the party while many are very clear of its intentions. Wouldn't you question your own party of why they wish to suppress the people vote? Why would you wish to shut down other Americans Rights to vote.
    Just to see and hear that from My Party would clearly tell me that I am in the wrong party. We all fight and gave our lives to the country, we all built this country. But other wish to SUPPRESS other citizen right to vote for the same country he loves?? What's Wrong America???

    November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • JosephS

      Your revisionist history is disturbing to say the least, dangerous at most. First off, the "switch" did not occur in 1875 but rather in the 1960's when the dixiecrats in the south migrated to the Republican side thanks to the civil rights movement. You seem to forget, the republican party was not empty and did exist prior to this. So though it absored those folks, it isn't ENTIRELY made up of them (Just like not every republican is an evangelical christian).

      I don't know anyone alive today who is advocating the removal of voting rights from anyone. Your attempt to tie in modern day politics with history lessons is both inaccurate and misleading. The conservative/republican platform at it's core has always been about smaller government, fiscal and individual responsibility. The social issues change with each generation.

      ~from a conservative southern white male who is atheist and pro-gay marriage.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Chuck

    People up north seem to want to keep the Civil War going, everyone
    else has long moved past it.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brodie

      Obviously, you have never lived in the South.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chuck

        Pensacola FL, Columbia SC, El Paso TX, Galveston TX

        you are wrong

        November 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • phil crawford

        jim, i've been up north and seen just as many bigots up there. I also have quite a few friends from there who swear that prejudice is worse up there. You might want to get down off of your better than thou horse my "southern" friend.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • gremlinus

        I've lived in NC, KY, and LA and I agree with Chuck.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • dave

        So neither of you have lived in the north, and yet you claim to know 'what its like' here, and yet you are outraged that people who haven't lived in the south are saying things about the south that you disagree with. Please, don't waste our time. Just lay down on the ground, right now, face down, give up, and wait for death. Your corpse will provide needed nutrients to the soil.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • David R

      Again, you really have not lived to see how much the Dixie South live and well... Sorry, I am a minority and see it clear in the South.. Not all of south seems like most or all of the south..

      November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fernando

      Iv'e never heard that one before, Chuck. Are you a Southerner?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. woodie

    I'm a white southern Democrat. I don't agree with Red politics. It has nothing to do with race. It so happens that the Red politics caters to the more affluent voters who happen to be mostly white. But we aren't all idiots down here. White people in the south are maybe not as bright. That has occurred to me more than once.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Corn Man

    America would be much better off if we allowed, in fact insisted on the South seceding from the Union. The United States should have allowed the South to leave the Union in 1861. We wood be a more advanced Nation today with out the conservative-fundamentalist culture of the South that has pervaded the entire country as southerners fled their feudal homelands for jobs in the North and West. It can still happen – let them go!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      Good luck transporting things without the Port of New Orleans and the Mississippi River. One of the Busiest ports in the US. Ton of agribusiness too. And also coal, a lot of corporations and production plants. And for the records, there is prejudice everywhere. The country as a whole is center right. I get so tired of people that know nothing about the South talking like they are so superior. "Where I live is so much better because we are so much more tolerant." Except apparently for Southerners and conservatives in general. There is a word for that-hypocrisy.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brodie

      Exactly, Corn. I don't think slavery would've lasted even 10 more years if they seceeded, but today, the "CSA" would be just another 3rd world country, kind of a Mexico North. We wouldn't have to worry about the border, because they would have erected an electrified fence as soon as they could to keep the "Yankees" out. And the USA would be much better educated, prosperous, peaceful and crime-free than we are now. We could still go to visit down there, with a passport, of course.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jenny

    Y'all would to well to remember that even though these states go red, there are a helluva lot of liberals down here too. We're outnumbered, but we represent 30-49% of the population. I split my time between Texas and Arkansas, and I'm a liberal Democrat, tried and true. ❤

    November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • davetharave

      Hang in there, brave soul . . . you're in our thoughts and prayers ! You will not be forgotten !!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jim Brodie

    The South has been a millstone around the neck of the rest of the nation for over 150 years. Too bad they didn't secceed.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil crawford

      you could'nt. where else would you get all that cheap or near free food and materials?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Brodie

        What?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cam

      You can't even spell secede Moron !!!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ms. M

    I cannot vote for you but I am praying that you pull through!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. davetharave

    Nice to see Jonathan Frakes out supporting the candidate, those ex-Star Trek actors have a lot of influence.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • motleyconz

      Hey, who was Frakes supporting? I love that guy 🙂

      March 9, 2013 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  11. Lola

    Obama made Blue Dog Democrats his enemy. There's not enough room in the Democrat party for them. Gone is the party of JFK. Democrats today are statists & socialists and when people realize that, they will run from the Democrat party.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil crawford

      very true lola. Fool me once.....

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bczu

      Obama isnt a brown skinned socialist that wanted health care for the poor. You are thinking about Jesus.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • cooper

        Although having a concern for social issues doesn't mean you are a socialist, the first group of Christians were socialist. You would think it was such a nasty thing to be "so" concerned about the poor in this "Christian" nation where all the roads to heaven are wide.

        Acts 4:32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • cooper

      ooooh..... Socialist! run for life!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • kls817

      Unless, of course, you are a freeloader. And we are fast approaching Greece in that regard.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cathi

      Couldn't have said it better Lola!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      " the Democrat party." There's no such thing. Do you mean the Democratic Party? Two letters and you never get them right; I guess that's one of those "dog whistles" you bigots use in your coded hate speech, right? Let's drop two letters from your party too, Publican.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Citizen

    Democrats favor mass abortion, that has driven White birthrates below replacement levels, and mass immigration.

    The Democratic platform is to drive Whites into minority status.

    Only self-hating Whites would vote for a party that harbors hatred and malevolence against them.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Brodie

      Mass abortion?? Affecting white birthrates? Where to start... So just what we need, more unwanted white babies who grow up tp be illiterate rednecks. Yeah, THAT's what this nation has been needing.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      I'm a white liberal, progressive democract and i am FAR from self-hating. I hate white people like you, not like me.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • kls817

        We already know liberals are the ones that are full of hateful. It's just rare for them to admit it.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky Merlot

      "Democrats favor mass abortion"? .......and you know this how? Personally I hate the idea of abortion, particularly as a form of birth control, which pervades low income/low educated societies, but..as Germany demonstrates, relatively easy access to abortion, coupled with high levels of education, produce, low levels of abortion.
      Until men have the ability to get pregnant, I feel it's an issue that only women should debate.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • JosephS

        "Until men have the ability to get pregnant, I feel it's an issue that only women should debate."

        Spoken like a true moron. I suppose only soldiers should debate going to war, and only taxpayers (not people getting refunds) should discuss taxes, and only oil/gas industrial players should discuss crude oil digging. Thank god you are not running for office, lol.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • JggrNAUT

      What kind of Citizen are you? Americans are americans and the fact you speak about protecting bithrates for Whites really doesn't hide your Klan background.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
      • Citizen

        Yeah, jggrnaut, any White person unwilling to abort themselves in to extinction MUST in be in the Klan.

        Only "enlightened" Whites kill off their descendants and remove themselves from the planet.

        YOUR hatred is obvious.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • mesamick

      Stop huffin' the spray paint slick...It's making you hallucinate with delusions of lily white supremecy and right wing grandeur...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citizen

      ...and just like Pavlov's dogs, those who hate Whites react with venom and bile.

      Thanx for proving the point.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jay

    Did CNN just tell me to vote for a Democrat because he's white?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lola

      CNN told you to vote for the Democrat because he's Democrat. It's all about the "D".

      November 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pooter

      No, they told you to keep being stupid. It gives us more resources to spend on us instead.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil crawford

    another race baiting, "hope you feel guilty enough to vote dem again" piece of propaganda.

    good luck john! not.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joe the Plumber

    If the Republican Party joined the Dems in fighting for equal treatment of minorities, white Southerners would join the Communist Party out of "concern that the Repulblican Party was too liberal". Racist fools. The way that rich white land owners maintained slavery when they were outnumbered 100 to 1 by black slaves was by convincing poor whites that they were both on the same side. Same thing today. Rich Republicans couldn't care less what happens to poor or middle class whites. If you're skeptical, look at their record every time they're in office. They raise taxes on the poor and middle class, reduce safety net programs for them and stack the deck against them in the job market.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • phil crawford

      more race and class warfare. gooood, keep it up.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tom R

        No....you keep it up. By all means, show people why we must BOOT THE SOUTH FROM THE UNITED STATES.

        Talk about Class Warfare all you like.

        The colors of the parties DO NOT LIE.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Brodie

        Joe the Plumber is correct, phil. Learn your history.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marky Merlot

      @phil crawford
      Problem is Phil, he's right.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Loathstheright

    I left the south 36 years ago and never looked back....and sooooo glad I did, Washington state is very progressive and tolerent of others....and EDUCATED.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pooter

      Nobody from the South understands your post.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jamesandcasey

      They may be tolerant, but you are not. Loathes the right? Give me a break.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don

      Tolerance, the virtue of a man without convictions.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • 44Magnum

      I left NY & California 2 states that want to give handouts and let people abuse the system. GA has balanced budget and is a decent place for Black & whites to live. Washington state nice place weather sucks!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyInAtl

      I have left Seattle in 2006 because i could no longer stand the crazed eyed liberals. It's true that liberalism is a mental disorder. No need to look any further than Seattle's nude bike ride, walk the Broadway St. in Seattle, or visit Pioneer Square. These artsy types are plain crazy, no matter what their "education" level is. Then they start complaining that we should pay their student loan bills, because they picked an unemployable field. I moved to Atlanta suburbs, and i absolutely love it. There are libs here, and there are Democrats here, but at least they are with some resemblance of the brain and common sense.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Dude

    The Black Panthers and Mississippi Bubbas are small potatoes. The racists we should all be worried about are educated at Harvard and Yale, hold MBA degrees, and choose Chinese, H1 Indian, and illegal Mexican workers over American workers of all colors, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • cooper

      I agree. The ones like, Luis Farrakhan, Limbaugh, Hannity, Al Sharpton, etc. The ones with a loud voice and a strong following. These are the people who are in charge of most people's minds. How can you tell if you are a slave to propaganda? Do your leader, party, favorite host, etc never admits anything positive about the other person/side, and if they are always playing off of your biases. The funny thing about these propagandist is that they don't even believe in the sincerity of their race or biases baiting commentary at all, but they have brainwashed people into regurgitating all of their bs as sound doctrine. Biases are very very dangerous to intelligence.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • yanked

        Really?? You don't sound biased at all.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      You are describing Romney?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • yanked

      I moved to rural south Georgia from Los Angeles, California. BIG change. Always thought white southerners were racist. Been here 8 years now and my eyes have been opened to truth. Amazing people here. ALOT of them republicans. But the real surprise to me has been the black racism and apathy. Sad actually. Total opposite of my expectation. Which goes to show that most people commenting here truly have no perspective to judge. I will vote for the Democrat but I WILL NOT JUDGE those who choose otherwise. As a matter of fact I'm feeling a little purple. Blue and red make purple, right?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Brodie

        Yes, admittedly there is black racism in the North. But what is the root of it? When a group has been marginalized for generations as the blacks were in the South, we shouldn't be surprised that they might carry that anger at the race who oppressed them wherever they go. This, despite most Northern whites's families were not even living in the US before slavery and weren't involved in Jim Crow activities, and in fact many of their ancestors were abolitionists. It's kind of misdirected karma. It's the payback all white Americans must pay for the sins of the racist whites in the South. Sad but true. I dislike it as much as anyone.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • oakheathen

      You're right Dude. It wouldn't matter what the small potatoes think but for the fact that the big taters take advantage of it, pitting people who are in the same financial boat against each other along racial lines in order to maintain the political status quo: an environment that makes it impossible to stop outsourcing without being labeled anti-business or stop illegal immigration without being labeled heartless.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  18. pb

    The South, controlled by Republicans, is what I call a dictatorship. Poor education, poor paying jobs, no unions, trickle down economics. I hope in my lifetime I see Democrats coming back into control, although the megarich, like the Koch brothers, are vowing to make every state, even Calif, red!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndyInAtl

      North, controlled by Democrats is what I call a dictatorship. You can only eat what your big brother tells you, you can't order Coke in NY, you have to join the union and pay dues even if you don't want to. That's dictatorship. Plus with exception of the TV idiots (aka Honey Boo Boo people), i find Southerners to be very welcoming and warm people. As long as you stay out of the getto areas.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      LOL, you mentioned Unions and made your entire statement invalid.

      Unions are killing the economy and business growth. The Federal government protects your rights and wages, Obamacare should cover the rest that's why you Democrats love him right? So what exactly do you need a Union for? is that so someone, not you, can regulate your job growth, your pay, your overtime wages, and your benefits?

      So you need them to do that for you right, and pay them fees for what? what exactly do you get for paying them off your hard work?

      That's why people are getting rid of Unions there's no reason for your money to go into the pockets of people doing nothing. It's called common sense, which this country need a lot more of to be honest.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Aerin

    why is the south so racist? how have they managed to remain so apart from the rest of the world? don't they ever browse the internet? read a national newspaper? watch HBO?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at cnn

      Because they aren't stupid enough to buy black promoting propaganda. That's like saying, don't you watch CNN, don't you know?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      Racism isn't rooted in ignorance. It's rooted in knowledge and experience. Black racists remember who prevented them from voting and intimidated their ancestors. White racists remember who broke into their car. The answer lies in better behavior by everyone. Avoid anyone who looks like a character from Deliverance, New Jack City, or The Sheild.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • are122

      LOL.. I don't know. I live in Florida. Florida is the only place where you have to go north to go south.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • toomuch

        This is SO TRUE....u have to go there to experience just how true it is.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chat Pata

      Whenever someone loses glory and fails to regain it, they start living in past. Southern whitemen's glory days were the days of slavery, when they got rich by making the slaves work on their plantation. When Abe Lincolns Republican party put an end to it, their slavery based civilization was "Gone with the Wind". They took their revenge by hijacking the Republican party. They can't get the blacks to be their slaves again, so they hire illegal Mexicans, whom they get deported if they demand fair wage or any other right. Illegal Mexicans are the new slaves.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Brodie

        Not just Mexicans. Before the Mexicans came to the South, they exploited American blacks. Technically legal, but go down to Belle Glade, FL sometime if you want to see the 3rd world conditions the farmers provided for the black farmworkers to live in.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesse

      Next time you have a hurricane up north call the south, they know better than to install generators in basements that can flood. Now go think about that awhile before you put the dump and ignorant statement in your post again.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. graymadder

    Let's be clear, every state has racism and it's not limited to whites. This is an endearing problem that isn't limited to America. Frankly, I see less racism in the South than I do in some northern communities. Trying to play race, religion, etc. as a means to influence votes for Obama and to further divide people is wrong and shameful whether it be the media or Obama's campaign and his own rhetoric.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • amnae

      well white people hate hearing the truth

      November 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at cnn

      No, that would be blacks amnae. The most ignorant unaccomplished race the world has ever seen.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • amnae

        spoken like a true racist

        November 2, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Aerin

        civilization arose in Africa m0r0n

        November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • Aerin

        who built the pyramids and invented the number zero?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • pomass

        No it didn't. The middle East Iraq/ Iran was the cradle of civilization

        November 2, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Strategist

        If you have any relative who does not still live in a cave with you, have them pick up a copy of a book called "Introduction to African Civilization" by John G. Rogers. Since you can post something on the internet, you can order it from a place called Amazon.com. But, you may have to have it delivered to a real address; I don't think the mail man delivers to caves.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • amazed

        wow! unaccomplished?! You think a whole set of people have done nothing? Ha. You sound pretty bitter... what have you done? have a snickers, you'll feel better.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • evan

      great post

      November 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Howie76

      Your do not sound like you are from the South. Talk about your own region.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • laughing at cnn

      "civilization rose in africa"
      lol no it didn't

      Egyptians aren't black and egypt is more middle east culture.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • mjugger

        "lol no it didn't

        Egyptians aren't black and egypt is more middle east culture."

        actually yes they were black, until cultural and ethnic changes in that region shook things up.
        please get your knowledge from sources other than movies and magazines please.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Boisepoet

        Love it when people obviously ignorant of history try to act like they aren't...why do you suppose Egypt is now closer to Middle Eastern Arab culture than say Roman or Greek culture? Try looking up how many civilizations have existed and conquered Egypt over the years.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Strategist

        You comment is exhibit A of the effects of racism: Miseducation of the White race and other Americans. The next thing, you will also tell me that the Moors who conquered Europe were not Blacks. That's the history that those who did not accomplish anything in history want to spread. Yes, the ancient Egyptians were my Black ancestors. I know, because I am an African, born and raised in Africa.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • topfuel500

      I don't mean this in a bad way but you must be white, I lived in the bible belt for quite a few years and must admit I witnessed something quite different than you. If one is a color other than white they are treated quite differently, I know I lived it and I have lived all over the world.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Evelyn Connaway

    In all human beings and in political parties – we have the good, the bad and the indifferent. Those who really believe in God, no matter their race and religious beliefs – for the simple rule of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". But in all religious denominations we have people who are bad. In my years of searching our history it is appalling to find man's inhumanity to man from the beginning of time. And I quote from Will Durant, The Age of Faith, p. 784 – "Making every allowance required of an historian and permitted to a Christian, we must rank the Inquisition, along with the wars and persecutions of our time, as the darkest blot on the record of mankind, revealing a ferocity unknown to any beast." Some men spend their life searching for the truth of mankind trying to understand why so many feel and think so differently.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. DC

    Democrats haven't done well in the South because they went too far left for the populace. It has nothing to do with race.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • david

      wow, you are so misinformed!! it has everything to do with race.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • dreamisover

        Yes, yes, everything has to do with race in America...it is the only issue that matters and the only one that can be used a all atimes in all situations to defend, explain or excuse anyone's behavior

        November 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • cooper

      Yeah. They went way too far, especially in 1964. I think passing the Civil Rights Act was the last straw, and by electing Obama as President, Democrats will forever be looked upon as have gone to far.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TheMovieFan

      How do you explain what happened with the presidential election in 1964?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • dreamisover

        LBJ simply won the JFK memorial vote...period
        Everyone knew that he was opportunist ignoramius, but he had the JFK adminstration creds

        November 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  23. mojobutta

    Anderson is another dyed-in-the wool bigot. Hope he loses. The south needs to get over the war and embrace brown people. Go to church for the right reason and stop hiding behind it.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  24. ShawnDH

    Eddie Haskell cried: "Any White Southern Democrat in this day and age is a traitor to the White Race!!"
    ________________

    Spoken like a true racist idiot.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  25. david

    Well all the old racist white deomcrats went to the republican party which is what the republicans are now- a bunch of old white racists

    November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aerin

      agreed

      November 2, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sailor101

      So all the 20 something Hispanic, African-american, Asian Republicans are, acording to you, just Old-white men wearing costumes?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  26. manyote

    Never saw so many klunkers with old 'Luva Dubya' or 'McCain/Palin' bumper stickers as I did while driving thru the South this past summer. All of them being driven by white folks to boot. And the GOP wants to get rid of food stamps, etc?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      So if you don't vote for Obama, you are a racist? Democrats belittle people, and that is one reason they are not liked in the South.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Boisepoet

        Yeah, cause Republicans would never belittle, say...47% of the people...even though there are a lot of old and poor Republicans in that same 47%...

        November 2, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Victoria

        No DC, it doesn't necessarily mean you are a racist, but a majority of people in the south did not vote for Obama because they are racist. I know. I'm from Texas. During the last election I heard MANY people say they wouldn't vote for Obama just because he is black. You can't deny that. It's out there. People don't like him just because he is black.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • manyote

        No DC, not saying that at all. You said it. I'm just pointing out the irony of it all.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • pablo

      That's the rub! Somehow the Republican party has duped many poor, rural, Southern or Western white voters. Republicans have co-opted these people's votes by convincing them they have their interests at heart when the reality is, they have the opposite at heart. Why? Is it the absurd evangelical religious element? Or worse, is it pure racism? It's something these lower class rural voters should attempt to come to grips with on a deep, personal level. Otherwise, the more rational group is left to wonder: is the populace just STUPID!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • dreamisover

        The same can be said about Democrats and their mindlessly obediant ghetto voters..."come out of your ghetto every
        2 years and vote Democratic...thank you, now go back to your ghetto, we'll mail you a check"

        November 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sailor101

      So what is wrong with getting rid of food stamps? Please give me one credible argument that does not resort to using words like racist, descrimination, or name calling.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jim Brodie

        Food stamps were–and are–a subsidy to American agriculture. With food stamps, the government essentially buys up execss food production to keep prices high for agribusiness. Get rid of them and the agribidnessmen will have to lobby for a different kind of subsidy.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. laughing at cnn

    It's good to know that democrats are on the verge of extinction in the south, this shows that the times are changing for the better. This guy is still one to many but we will fix that soon. The only option those left wingers as few of them as there are in the south will have are those crazed blacks who yell and hollar a lot and can barely count to 20. The only ones who vote for them are their own black neighborhoods.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • sputnick1

      tu es un fou

      November 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMY CSM

      We'll see who's laughing come 6 Nov 2012. The only contributions made to society in the south were made by Blacks, without them the south is just a garden of snakes and fools hating their ignorant azzes to hell! The south, Red states, I might add, is still THE most ignorant area in this country bar none!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • laughing at cnn

        It will be me who is laughing, that's for sure. The left wing media is in panic mode, and it isn't because they think obama is winning.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • al in memphis

      I guessing you don't have any mirrors in your house. There is nothing that remains you that you are part of the human race.
      Comments like yours makes me wonder if Republican leadership are really aware of the dignity they have suck out of their followers.
      I wish you well in your old age that is eventually going to catch up with your currently decayed mind.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pooter

      Stupid is as stupid does. Forest Gump is the smartest thing that ever came out of the South. Angry white folks, makes me laugh.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • amazed

      laughing at cnn: only your gray matter is worth laughing at. I'll save some tissues for you come Nov. 6th. You might crying for a long time.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Nellyh

    The majority of southern white repukes are poor white trash and too dumb to know better. Rich Repukes have prayed on the prejudices of poor white trailer trash for years. Poor white trash want to think there is someone they are better than and rich repukes take advantage of it all the time. No one votes against their own interests quite like POOR WHITE TRASH. And they are trashy, indeed.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill C

      The only thing worse than your grammar is your ignorance. I am a Southern White Republican, as are most of my friends. We are lawyers, doctors and blue collar workers. We are not racist. We recognize that Barrow is a snake in the grass, who will say anything to get elected. He votes with the left and then takes out ads to remind us how conservative he is. Anderson is a decent hard working man, something the left deplores.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMY CSM

      "DiTTo" They figure voting republican will somehow keep the Blacks in the ditch, not realizing that to keep anyone in a ditch, you must be in the ditch two!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Allie S

    He's a traitor to the White Race.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kerberos2012

      You sound like a true fuking idiot. Do us a favor and go drown yourself you cave monkey.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. NORKA

    I am a 72 year old 5th generation white Arkansasan. My wife is also from an Arkansas family, but she is black. We enjoy a peaceful life and are accepted by most. Is there racism in Arkansas? yes. Arkansas will vote republican primarily because of Obama's color. The other major issue is religion. Most people here, white & black view the bible as more valid than science. The republicans have replaces the old Dixiecrats and play on the religion issue.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  31. ShawnDH

    athiestbob whined: "race race race.....you know Obama is floundering when every post on CNN is about race and whiteeey...."
    ___________________

    It's pretty obvious to everybody with a brain and any knowledge of presidential elections that Obama is winning this election.

    And you can drop the racist "whiteeey" nonsense. Most of the people who will vote for Obama ARE WHITE. Only racists talk the way you do.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Billy

    No, its what you Yankees believe. Civil War is Over and Yankee Carpet Bagger Affluence is over, the South is going to Rise again (Technology and Economy Wise).

    November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Eddie Haskell

    Any White Southern Democrat in this day and age is a traitor to the White Race!!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARMY CSM

      You are an ignorant moron, probably from a nasty, filty single wide trailer somewhere in Georgia or Alabama. The only thing you have is your hate and bitterness when you see successful minorities walk pass you. Get your teeth fix!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Jay Eavey

    He's staunchly Conservative and extreme on some issues anyway, it will be great to rid of him, sooner the better. A wolf in lamb's clothing.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  35. athiestbob

    I wouldn't call Burt reynolds christian....but those yankees he ran into on the river were some scary democrats!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  36. ShawnDH

    America's Deep South is the most backwards, ignorant, oppressive and politically & religiously fanatic region in the entire developed world. It's scary.

    I know there are some great people there, but basically it's a cesspool of stupid.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Please don't insult cesspools like that. They actually serve a constructive purpose.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Badboy

      ShawnDH...you got it right. Some folks are so out of touch that anyone with a different opinion from theirs MUST be racist. They are actually racists in reverse....no logical argument so they blame it on peoples ignorance, racism, gender, class....just Like OblameO!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  37. athiestbob

    race race race.....you know Obama is floundering when every post on CNN is about race and whiteeey....

    November 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. noel

    "Show me a man in his forties who is still a liberal, and I will show you a man with no head."
    Winston Churchill

    OBAMANOS!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Funny, I've seen many pictures of the heads of Lincoln (liberal though Republican), FDR, Kennedy, and Clinton.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      "Show me a young Conservative and I'll show you someone with no heart."

      Winston Churchill

      November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • TinKnight

      You ARE aware that liberals in the UK (where Wintson Churchill hailed from) and much of Europe are similar to the conservatives in the US, right?
      They are the low-tax, economic deregulation group, whereas the conservatives in the UK tend to be in favor of regulation, and higher taxes to support more social support systems.

      But, for some reason, I think you aren't aware of that fact...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • PraiseTheLard

      "Liberal" means something different in England, which is where Mr. Churchill lived...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  39. noel

    He BE a slow learner!!! POOR DIMocRATS!!!
    OBAMANOS!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TinKnight

      "He BE"? Really? And then you want to criticize someone else's intelligence?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Williamson County lady

    I guess Tennessee is not the deep south. Last I checked, Jim Cooper was white and a democrat. Wish he was my congressman.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bubba

    Thing is, if he loses he'll just register as a Republican and be re-elected, because he works. We should never have let good old Bob Lane retire just because someone called him a RINO. Nobody except old people who listen to the radio all day cares about party politics; we want price supports for our crops and trade agreements to keep foreign cotton and peanuts high. Pretending Obama is a "socialist from Kenya" is for geezers; getting a top price for cotton is our issue.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  42. Otheym

    Its not race that drove white Southerners out of the Republican party. Its the socialistic, anti-religious, nanny state government policies that did. Its about culture not race. If Democrats still respected traditional religious values and individual liberty without governmental overlords, there still would be substantial numbers left with the Dems.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • TraderTraitorHowDoTheyWork

      And the Civil Wa....err War Between the States was not about slavery, right?

      November 2, 2012 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
      • noel

        Those in the know understandf tha Lincoln found black folk repulsive. He was all about a consolidated/powerful federal gov't. He took the high ground later in the war under the guise of abolishing slavery. The war was about the Morill tariffs, Lincoln's TAX WAR!!! All wars are fought over money, this was no exception. Do your homework and try to keep up jr.
        nmb phd history ttu 87

        OBAMANOS!!!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • suppackman

        Let me guess, your 10th grade Civics class just got out, and you wanted to show off what you learned.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Seyedibar

      There is no legitemate reason to support the idea that gods and demons exist, that snakes and donkeys talk, that sorcerers part seas and return from the dead, or to let any of the aforementioned silly beliefs affect public policy. Religion is responsible for most of the south's woes: from racial segregation and teen pregnancy to anti-science and anti-education rhetoric and solvency of civil rights. Religious people cannot face reality, and hence they should have as little influence as possible when it comes to making policy that affects everyone.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
      • Joe

        Very well said, Seyedibar. I agree with you 100%. Some people like to forget about "separation of religion and state".

        November 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • AndyInAtl

        Is it more appropriate to support ideas of the crazed old man who woke up one day and thought that since you can't see God therefore he must not exist, and we all came from monkeys? I realize that your eyes are closed and you only see what you want to see and what's been pushed down on you by the equally senile college professors, but c'mon. If you walk around in the woods, look at the ocean, at the complexity of human being with not only physical attributes but also emotions, feelings, etc., do you really still think that it's all a product of a one in a 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 chance?

        November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • noel

      Let's remember, Martin Luther king Jr. was a registered REPUBLICAN. He NEVER threw his support to any candidate of either party in public. Smart man!
      OBAMANOS!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • jds913

        King supported Kennedy as president. Regardless to what political affiliation he was, there is one thing that will always hold true. Martin Luther King Jr was a liberal. He is the definition of a liberal.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • DCvoter

        King was a Democrat! Look it up.

        November 3, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • luckjoe

      Exactly!

      November 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  43. us_1776

    Deep Souith = Ignorance, Racism

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    November 2, 2012 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Otheym

      typical arrogant prejudiced anti-southern bias

      November 2, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
      • TraderTraitorHowDoTheyWork

        SAT scores, high school graduation rates, and literacy tests must be racist as well.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • HM8432

      ...Said the guy who misspelled 'South!"

      November 2, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Seyedibar

      Racism is everywhere. In fact it is more prevalent in the midwest and northeast than it is in the deep south. The ignorance of the south can be traced back to devout religious practice.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taskmaster

      us_1776 Only a pea brain who has never been in the deep south would make that statement. There is more racism in New York City than there is in Atlanta Ga. Of course the liberals that want four more years of food stamp politics can't stand it when the people say they've had enough and we'll vote the liberal out.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • swmatlgen7

      I'm from New York and have been living in Atlanta for 7 years. The only racism and ignorance I see is from the African American community. Please tell me which race votes along racial lines when Atlanta is predominantly black and has not had a white Mayor since 1974!!!! Of course, CNN fails to mention that in this article, it's always "blame whiteeey"

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • True Independent

      That's a pretty foolish statement on your part that reflects the divisive problems of this country.

      Not everyone in the deep south feels this way. But it is much easier for lazy people to punish the whole with a general stereotype instead of understanding. Sound familiar?

      Perhaps you need to make general categorizations that personifies what you hate about your "opponent" to satisfy your own ego and justify your negative thoughts and possible behaviors without really understanding that it is also you yourself who re-propagates the exact same message of hate.

      nothing in this country is ever 100% and there are many many exceptions to your statement that's abound through out the whole beautiful south...

      Then again maybe your not only a lazy thinker but your just trolling and you don't even deserve this response...

      November 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Stanford

    Like our old governor, Zig Zag Zell or Lying Joe Lieberman, this yahoo is just another DINO, Democrat In Name Only! The Democratic Party will be better off when this back stabbing trader is gone. Yes, most of my coworkers and neighbors are racists! Maybe, that’s why they came here from Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • TraderTraitorHowDoTheyWork

      I just wanted to laugh at you. So here I am, trader, laughing. Maybe the ol' Democrat has a stockpile of fur pelts, or some whiskey in the jarO set aside and he is looking to do some bartering for Ms Elly's sweet sun brewed tea.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  45. palintwit

    The definition of culture shock is when you drive south of the Mason-Dixon Line and start to notice an unusually high number of people with only one tooth.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • WisdomVS

      Typical Yankee... tongue in high gear, brain in neutral.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
    • sputnick1

      Sorry but you are incorrect. ONE GOLD TOOTH

      November 2, 2012 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Taskmaster

      to palintwit: The real culture shock is when you arrive in NYC and see men urinating on the sidewalks and kids pimping for their mothers and sisters.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • sputnick1

        Don't like it don't go there. That's why I stay out of the South. You peapole ane mor@@Ns

        November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  46. felix el gato

    All the racist Dixiecrats joined the Republican Party in 1980.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      Correct except "in" should be "by". It started with Nixon's Southern Strategy in 1968.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Dell Stator

    Has anyone been to the south? Racial dividing lines NEVER eased except for a few at the very top of the income scale. Which is not to say that most southeners are actually any more racist than a northener (don't know if that's really good, but it's better). However, the 'leaders' of the south, pols and the corp execs decided the south would be the home of cheap labor so the corporations could move their from the north, and the execs could pocket the billions and trillions in raises, bonuses and stock options (continued when they off shored all our jobs). To keep a poor downtrodden working class, they pitted black against white, tossing in racial fear with the fear of being out of work in states with no social support system worth speaking of.
    The truth, the working class, not so concerned about race, jobs, crime, education, and race only where it inevitably is contrived to arrise. Concentrate a poor minority geographically, then brand them with the inevitable problems that causes and of course, jump at any opportunity to polarize the groups (and power hungry pols on both sides do this).
    Oh, did I mention, poor white trash, grew up with them, and a bigger bunch of "give me's" and theives I've not met. The bottom line is opportunity, and assistance – not support.
    Opportunity is provided via MONEY, and if the top 10% get double digit leaps in income and wealth for 10 or 20 yrs, as they have, there is no money to provide opportunity, via self help, bootstrapping, trying harder, bank loans, loans from friends, saving, bank loans or even gov't programs. Now the middle class, without post inflation income growth for nearly 20 yrs, and now a shrinking wage is findinig out that being poor makes it harder to get ahead. You spend more time trying, more time sick, more time just trying to get around, what with vanishing gov't programs, declining school, road, water, ELECTRIC, health care, etc. and of course, a large percentage overall of your shrinking income to paying a growing list of taxes, real estate, sales, school, trash collection (or maybe you pay at the dump, same thing), "degregualted" elec and phone – both costing consumers (and saving big business billions), local taxes, fees for dog licenses, construction permits, copies of your birth certificate for $15, bank charges, and the list can go on forever, all hit the middle class and poor MUCH harder than they and fed taxes hit the top 10%.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • jimcrow

      MAny things have changed in the past 30 years id say we are now the most racially equal region in the country and have made leaps and bounds in most southern states i dont know when the last time youve been here but how can i say times are a changin

      November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  48. AZLib

    Funny how the South turned their backs on the democrat party, why? because the democrats pushed for equality in America. Southerners are still upset that all Americans are in fact equal. People from the south are very good people who in fact support our great country in so many vast ways. Honest hardworking, however still hold a grudge over the removal of jim crowe during their parents generation. If we look at the population charts the southerners might want to start opening their minds a bit. Similar to the situation with latinos in the west .. the white population is just in fact being outnumbered. Soon in the South and the West the white population will in fact be the minority. I wonder what the laws and voting will be like then? Can you only imagine if the majority 20 years from now passes hateful laws against the minority at that time? I hope the southern white start having plane talk about race and about accepting some of the ideas of the democrat party as they do in fact enjoy the benefits received. Same in the west ... time to cross some lines as I do promise your children or grandchildren will...

    November 2, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • chief

      Spoken like a true northeasterner with that all knowing history of the south..... don't insult people and then talk about how great they are....

      November 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dark Poet

      LOL Last southern democrat.. you mean last KKK founding member.. SOUTHERN DEMOCRATS founded the KKK

      November 2, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
      • WisdomVS

        FACT: The KKK started in OHIO... not the South. Get an education or keep your mouth shut.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
      • ARMY CSM

        The first KKK meeting was held in Tenn by Gen Nathan B. Forrester, its founder!!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      There were some southerners who did turn their back on Democrats because of civil rights and that was sad and most of them are dead or in their 80s now. However, most of the animosity towards Democrats in the south was over prayer in school, secularism, support of gay marriage, high taxes, government programs and beaurcracy, ignorant comments regarding the south, disagreements over foreign policy, political correctness, etc. Southern culture does not fit with the Democratic agenda. Plain and simple.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • jds913

        Sounds like the south doesn't like equal rights again. Aka freedom of religion, gay marriage, ect.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • WisdomVS

      Ha-ha-ha, that is so ignorantly funny of you. You must have never visited the South in your life! People of the South don't care about past history, we concern ourselves with the future. There is less racism in the South these days than there is in the North. Trust me, been there witnessed the racism in the North first hand. Whites and Blacks in the South are more in harmony with one another than anywhere else in this nation. We view the days of school segregation as being a major turning point in our lives. Unlike many Northerners, we learn from our mistakes. Now whites and blacks of the South work together and as a result the downward spiral of the economy has hurt us the least. If you don't believe me, move down here and give it a few years... you'll love it and have a whole new respect for the South. I've never known a Yankee that moved down here that packed their bags and moved back. However, I've known several Southeners that moved North and ended up moving back within a few years. The truth hurts some times, don't? Bless your heart.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  49. WisdomVS

    I live in the South but I've travelled all over the USA and Europe. For several years now I've seen much more black racist than white racist. Now I'm seeing more regional racism (anti-South) than ever before, primairly due to articles like this one. The people of the South are no different than anywhere else, perhaps a little better with their manners and friendliness. If Northerners were as grand as some of these postings claim, why do so many of them move to the South? I can tell you... jobs, better living conditions, better housing prices, lower property taxes, lower gas prices, etc. Although the economy has hurt us all (thank you Obama) the South has been hurt the least, or so it would appear. I know many blacks and they hate Obama. many blacks in North Carolina see affirmative action as a statement that they can't hold their own, which is an insult to their race.

    North Carolina has become the #1 state for business (two year consecutively) and more Northerners are arriving daily. The city of Charlotte (also known as the Queen City) has become a mecca for technology, banking, retail and more. It is a city that has a huge metro area full of retired Yankees.... we tease them for having their mouth in high gear while their brain is in neutral but Southeners like people of all kinds. Now, will that be cash or charge? Bless their hearts.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      Lincoln's biggest failure was not letting the South secede. They've been dragging the rest of the country down ever since.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
      • palintwit

        But they gave us nascar. Where would we be without nascar?

        November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Zack

        Bob, there are a lot of things I don't like about the South, and I'm from Georgia and now live in Mass. I'm currently a liberal (Obama 2012!!), was raised a white liberal in Athens, GA, and so I probably agree with you on some issues.

        However, your comment is just inflammatory, not constructive, and only divides people. If you knew anything about American economic development, you would know that many states in the South are the reason for the country's economic progress over the last several decades. Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, and Virgina have boomed while states like NY, MI, and PA continue to lose political clout as their population gains have not kept pace with the rest of the Union due to economic stagnation. Educational attainment rates remain higher in the North, but Southern states have made gains. Atlanta > Detroit, Miami > Cleveland, Austin > Rochester, Dallas > Pittsburgh in regards to economic development. Some of these areas (especially ATL and MIA) have suffered with the collapse of the housing market but have not experienced the enormous decline seen in many northern and midwestern areas. Atlanta is a center for African American progress and prosperity, Miami is an economic anchor for the country, and Texas has been the source of most job growth in the country since 2000. I know it's easy to write a few sentences to make yourself feel powerful, but do us all a favor and do your research. Thanks.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • WisdomVS

        B.S.!!! You need to visit the slums of your large over-crowded cities and open your eyes to the truth.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • kLARGAR

      And as more of your hated Northerners move to cities like Charlotte they bring their despised Northern ways like equality and science and education to your Southern Mecca. It was only in 1963 I remember white only water fountains all over Virginia and Maryland hardly the deep South, you are so full of crap your eyes are probably brown. The genteel Southern manners you talk about hide a vicious underlying racism that has not left since reconstuctioniosm. As you genteel Southern hipocrites would say bless your heart child (Translation= go f–k yourself)

      November 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
      • Laura

        The irony of southern vs. northern prejudice.

        I am a white Democrat, North Carolinian born and raised. I believe in evolution, abortion, stem cell research, climate change, and efficient military spending. I live in one of the country's most educated cities, between two of the best hospitals and universities in the country (one of which is my alma mater). The South is neither an idyllic Mayberry nor a racist scene from "Gone with the Wind", and both of these monolithic representations are offensive to anyone with common sense.

        Where I come from, we don't say anything behind your back that we wouldn't say to your face, and "Bless Your Heart" is always said with affection, e.g. a way of expressing appreciation for a kindness done. I am sorry if you have–in your personal experience–been "blessed out" (unambiguously cussed out without the use of traditional curse words) somewhere in the vast reaches of the southern US.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • gar

      Your comments suggest that you really don't know too much.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  50. FactCheck

    States in the deep south receive (by far) the most in government handouts. So yeah, please go ahead and vote for Romney... good luck surviving on your own.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • WisdomVS

      The "Deep" South, meaning Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, etc. has a very high black population and most of them are poor. If their voting was "racist" they'd be voting for Obama, but they've discovered that the man is a deceiver and he has done nothing to help them. Also, like their white counterparts in the South, they also value their Christian heritage. Obama wears a ring with Muslim inscriptions... oh yeah, they may be poor but they aren't ignorant, they noticed. Now they want to fix the mistake they made four years ago.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
      • gar

        You can deceive yourself all you want, but no one else believes anything you say.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
      • jbv

        The muslim ring inscription thing was disproved a longtime ago.

        There are plenty of REAL reasons to dislike Obama. Anyone who hints at Obama as some kind of secret muslim discredits their own argument and proves how unbelievably stupid part of our country really is.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Matthew

    Article would be good if it wasn't for all the race crap which was intended to cause problems. In the South, no one cares about race anymore. We have black kids in our school and blacks at our church. The real war is Christian/Morality against Non-Christian/Athiest-Secularist. That is the war in the South and that is the divide I see. Christians tend to vote Republican (whether black, white, gray, etc.) while Non-Christians tend to vote Democrat. A lot of Christian blacks that vote Democrat are starting to slide over, especially very devout Christians.

    November 2, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • sputnick1

      You people speak differently behind closed doors. Been there done that.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
      • Matthew

        I voted Obama first election so I am far from a bigot racist (which is the only thing that you have name calling). At the last Republican meeting I went to with the State Senator and even a US Senator present, there was a large group of African American preachers that were there because they disagree with the Matthew Shepphard bill and Obama's stance with gay marriage. It is becoming a Christian vs. Non-Christian issue. Also all of the republican candidates in my area for State House, US House, and State Senate are women. There is not a single man on the Republican side. Stop calling us the White male party.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • WisdomVS

      Amen, good sermon. Now, if the Yankee (bless their hearts) will stop talking long enough to listen (and comprehend), they just might learn something.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
      • sputnick1

        What's that learn racism or bigotry.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
      • HM8432

        I've been to places up North that are far more racist than any place in the South, at least we admit it.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
      • kLARGAR

        Read my post some of us Yankees know exactly what a dirtbag Southerner means when he says Bless your heart child. The same to you with your genteel double entendre sayings with not so hidden meanings.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • austin

      well put, Matthew.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  52. staplehawk

    Good job creating more racial division with this article, CNN. You probably learned from your Dear Leader, BHL. If we were talking about people rather than making it Black and White all the time, we would probably see real change. We all know how embedded racism is in the Democratic party though..

    November 2, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Evelyn Connaway

      To staplehawk – Being born in Alabama 85 years ago. Yes I know how embedded racism was in the democratic party at one time – but after the civil rights passed in 1965 – they all switched to the republican party and took their racism with them. I really know what I'm talking about – I have a states in the south full of relatives that switched parties and they still hate and claim to be christian's and have been ashamed of so many when they say, "I don't want my kids and grand kids going to school with those black kids" – my comeback to them – I ask are you a christian? And they say, yes I go to church wednesday, friday and sunday. I tell them it's not working for them, as hate for any of God's people is not being christian. I ask them what will they do if they make it up the golden stairs and find out GOD AND JESUS CHRIST IS BLACK? In the Bible you will not find any place where it mentions the color of their skin and remember God said he created all in his image! Changing political parties didn't change their heart, soul – they kept the racial prejudice for anyone different than they were.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  53. MaryM

    Pointless, Mitt has already lost this election. He knows it and repubs know it. Look at the electorial map.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  54. allthingsgeography1

    Reblogged this on All Things Geography.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  55. bigblacktruth

    Nice try at trying to spin another racial angle this election cycle, but no go. What exactly IS the DEEP South anyway? I haven't seen that direction on any maps. Plus this story conveniently leaves out states like Florida, Louisiana, South Carolina.

    Zack got it right.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  56. palintwit

    Southern white conservatives believe that the earth is only 6,000 years old. Southern white conservatives believe that early man rode dinosaurs to church every Sunday.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      LOL...it's obvious that you've never lived there and certainly aren't from the south.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      Dear palintwit,

      Thank you for adding to this discussion, your comments are truly constructive.

      Sincerely,

      A liberal tired of ignorance

      November 2, 2012 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • JosephS

      I'm southern, white, conservative, atheist and pro-gay marriage. Go figure that one out.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • jds913

        Wouldn't that make you socially liberal? Maybe you should review your stance as conservative and consider the label independent.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Johm

    Umm, Steve Cohen?
    Is Memphis not considered the South? With the billboards here you'd think he was Obama's running mate.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • junior

      Memphis is "mid South" not "deep South".

      November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  58. rjsenterp

    Funny. This story assumes this is all about racism when in fact it is not. It is about dependency on the government. Democrats want a federal government that takes care of them from the cradle to the grave. Republicans think that you need to work for a living and be productive.to acquire life's necessities. That is the real difference here.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Ekroleok

      Yikes, you are so misinformed... Do some research please.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Kingwes

        If you think this IS about racism then you're really stuck in the 1950's and 1960's.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • staplehawk

      Yep, totally agreed. If you can't see that talking about race constantly, is keeping it alive... Then you are racist. Ever argue with your wife? It's kinda like that. Arguing 'The Point' only fuels the fire the always ends in the same way. Let it go.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • H

      All Democrats are whiny welfare queens and all Republicans are hardworking true Americans, is the thesis I got out of your post. Which is interesting since the red states generally use more government money (per capita, not just total) and take more Welfare, Unemployment, and Medicaid.

      I'd respect the Republicans a lot more if instead of blustering about what great Americans you all are, you would all go do something useful. If you were all as independent and hard-working as you all claim, you'd be starting businesses, going to school, learning new skills, and trying something to make yourself useful.

      Instead you just sit around complaining, hoping your hero Mitt will deliver a well-paying job to you just because you ask him nicely. That's not very independent or useful. Not a bit more useful to me than the admittedly annoying Welfare queens.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • H

        Just posted above, but my comment isn't displayed below the post it is in reply to. Sorry.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  59. palintwit

    A teabagger's biggest dilema is whether to fly his Confederate flag or his 'Don't Tread On Me' flag.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  60. swmatlgen7

    Why does CNN continue to promote racist articles? And why is it always portrayed as the whites being the ones who are racist and voting based on racial lines? I live in Atlanta, a mostly black city, and I'm white. This white Democratic politician is in trouble, not because whites aren't voting for him, but because as soon as a black Democrat runs against him.....he's toast. Where is the article that talks about how the last white Mayor of Atlanta was in 1974? Or how 97% of African Americans voted for Obama?

    November 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Jungg

      Excellent post.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
      • southernblkliberal

        no, its an awesome article.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • sputnick1

      So what. This is America....the majority rules by vote. Get a life punk

      November 2, 2012 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
      • swmatlgen7

        exactly!!! And this article, like other CNN articles, tries to portray whites as racists....yet almost 47% voted Obama in 08. Where is the racism? Try to read fool.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Dude

    We need more moderate and independent Democrats and Republicans like Barrow. We need more people like Sam Nunn and Bob Graham and Republican John Warner. We need people who can work with others while exercising thoughtful judgment and leadership. That way we can have a strong defense, preserve our rights, and maintain a social safety net that doesn't devolve into a wholesale looting of the national treasury by undeserving freeloaders and well connected contractors. Ideology on the left or right is a cop out for unoriginal and uninspiring political hacks.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  62. manyote

    The smell of burnt hair will be prevalent amongst the GOP come election day.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      i don't understand your post. do conservatives burn our hair when we win something? sorry, but i just don't get it.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
      • manyote

        When you lose.
        Around here many repubicans have vowed to set their hair on fire if Obama gets another 4. Need a match?

        November 2, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  63. Gita

    Beautifully written and impeccably reported.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Unfortunately, it was not beautifully written. While it was interesting and the whole subject deserves more examination, this particular article was extremely poorly written. Besides the poorly constructed sentences, weak and confusing grammatical constructions, and generally unorganized paragraphs; this report contains glaring errors like this one: "bought five raffle tickets for a Mossberg Model 500A 12-gauge rifle." Even a non shooter should know that shotguns, not rifles, are measured in "guage." Additionally, any decent editor should have caught this simply from the name of the manufacturer, Mossberg, which is famous for its shotguns.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Gita

        I bet she reported it as a Mossberg 12-gauge and some city boy editor added the word rifle. Editors do that to reporters alla time.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  64. palintwit

    Historians have long theorized that the south lost the Civil War due to an unusually high percentage of mentally challenged soldiers in the Confederate army. This was the result of generations of inbreeding, of which southern white evangelicals are still famous for to this day.

    November 2, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • miamimike13

      Please post links to these "studies" by historians. I call you a liar. If you had any knowledge of history you would know that the south lost the civil war due to a lack of supplies. The south had no real navy and the embargo by the federal navy took it's toll. You post is just plain ignorant.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
      • cagar

        Why don't these so-called "Christians" admit it. It was God's will that the South lost the Civil War. It was God's will that Obama was elected, and if he is re-elected, it will also be God's will. Or, will it only be God's will if Obama loses, hypocrites?

        November 2, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  65. Art

    The deep south is a great place for an average person to live. The only place where a person with a below average IQ be the most intelligent person around.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Kingwes

      Take your bigoted, condescending crap elsewhere. This comes from a Southern college student.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
      • palintwit

        So where do you attend college? Sarah Palin University?

        November 2, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
      • gsl

        Probably a graduate of Oral/Anal Roberts University...

        November 2, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
      • HM8432

        Those schools (if they were real) would be far better than the inbred blue-blood Ivy League schools up North that have done nothing but produce graduates that have screwed up our country in the last 50 years, whether it's Wall Street raiders who destroyed our economy, or the scores of inept government officials who misdirected political policy. The truth is, 14 of the nation's Top 50 universities are in the South, and we unquestionably have the top college football teams and party schools in the country; so we aren't doing bad at all!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tifany

      Art, did you know that where I live, in Huntsville, Alabama, we have one of the highest concentrations of engineers in the entire country? Did you know we are lucky to have the Marshall Space Flight Center right here in our lovely deep south town? Did you know that Huntsville is home to Boeing, Dinetics, Lockheed Martin and many other defense contractors? Did you know that we have many northerners who moved here with BRAC and absolutely love it here? Did you know that our own Auburn University has produced several NASA astronauts? Do some research please.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  66. coffeebean02

    GOP...Gone Our Prosperity.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  67. slippery

    The redneck billionaires are slobering alll over themselves waiting to cash in.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  68. Jill

    Why does everything in the election have to be about race. On today's front page there are two articles that reference race and this election. The first is this one, the second is the ridiculous OP ED about Reconstruction and Obama. I have come to CNN because I found it to be one of the more moderate of news organizations. However, as we continue towards the election I see nothing but racially divisive articles And that is in addition to all the articles about protecting women's rights.

    The second topic this article alludes to is the gerrymandering of the districts in Georgia to a more 'red state' zone. This is nothing new. In the 90's South Carolina re-districted for both State and US house seats. The reason was to have a majority of their black population in the same district for representation. As a result, Rep Clyburn has been going to Congress every election. (And perhaps Tim Scott needed more of a note than an oh by the way, or maybe his political leanings means that he is less noteworthy.) Where is the discussion of Maryland's attempt to re-district in an effort to oust a Republican Congressman- Roscoe Bartlett?

    Between these articles and Candy Crowley's behavior in the debate, I had expected more of CNN. I am disappointed. I guess it is back to the Christian Science Monitor and the BBC for my news.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • toml0864@yahoo.com

      Would you rather the media just ignore this issue since it is clear it is ALL about race?

      You really want the media to lie to make you feel better? How daft.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • toml0864@yahoo.com

      Your comments indicate you are a right wing Tpublican so stop with the attempt to sound moderate. Crowley was given kudos by 80% of the people for the great job she did on the debates.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  69. SteveinMN

    These Kentucky-Fried delusional secessionist Rethug Hillbillies think they won the war!
    How many days would you racist hayseeds last w/o a net infusion of prop-up cash from the North and Evil Big Guv?? 3? 4?

    November 2, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      spoken from someone from MN – probably the most backwards state in the union. LOL. now that was hilarious.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
      • SteveinMN

        Spoken from your Kentucky-Fried delusional secessionist Rethug Hillbilly mind, the most backward place on the PLANET! Have a good day, conservatard RACIST!

        November 2, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Durundal

        Steve, your inflammatory posts are only making this retarded perception of conservatives and liberals worse. Leave it be man and stop trolling. There enough idiocy on both sides that we dont have to play off the stereotypes that dont even hash in the real world

        November 2, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      I was born in Southwest Florida, grew up in Athens, Georgia, moved to Philadelphia after college and now live north of Boston. People are lazy, racist, and hateful everywhere. People just pin problems on the South to make themselves feel better.

      Where were the race riots of the mid-20th century? Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston…

      Where was the KKK founded? Indiana.

      What state voted the first African American into Congress? Mississippi.

      What percentage of Georgians voted for Obama in 2008? 47%.

      Let's start using our brains, shall we?

      – A frustrated liberal who understands you can't make blanket statements about large regions consisting of millions of people.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
      • DC

        Excellent post, with talking points and logic!

        November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern hope

      Thank you Zack...i hear you...i'm not excusing anybody here but neither can the North feel virtuous....I live outside of Boston now and i know....

      November 2, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Dude

      ...and I hope SteveninMN will remember that a southern man don't need him around anyhow!

      November 2, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
      • Todd

        By far the greatest comment and play on Skynyrd lyrics that I have ever heard.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd

      Im sorry but your comment was one of the most ignorant I have ever seen. Not everyone thinks we won the war, although if it was fought today there would be a different outcome because up north you are willing to give up your second ammendment fairly easily. Typical Yankee though doesnt think before they speak or in this case type and know absolutly nothing about the people or the culture of the sourth.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Kingwes

      From a conservative, you give liberals a bad name. Get educated, your discrimination of Southerners is no different from racism.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Comments like this is why the South continues to get even more Red.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  70. BobRayTalbot

    12 gauge rifle?? C'mon. At least put someone on a story like this who either understands the culture that they're writing about, or has the cajones to adequately research it. I actually stopped reading the article because if she doesn't know the difference between a rifle and a shotgun, she's not capable of expressing the true nature of the South, in all its subtleties and contradictions, which is what this story is all about. Pitiful.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JohnD

      Wonder if it was a fully automatic 12 gauge assault rifle.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  71. The Realist

    "where he bought five raffle tickets for a Mossberg Model 500A 12-gauge rifle."

    What kind of doofus would call a 12 gauge shotgun a "rifle"?

    "Moni Basu", whether male or female, from whatever foreign pest hole they emerged, needs to learn more of the English language before being allowed to write publicly.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
  72. rickinmo

    I don't necessarily agree with all of Barrows positions but, he seems to have served his district well. We need more moderates in both parties. The radical right and radical left don't get things done. The stand at their extremes and prevent the more reasonable factions of their parties from doing the people's business. It's like watching a lawsuit being tried. Each side has dramatically different stories. Name calling, lies and exaggerations-The truth is always in the middle.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  73. wardenhallis

    This is why an education system is needed. Poor guy doesn't realize (or know) that the current Republican political and theological philosophy has long ago migrated from the former Republican party to the Democrats.

    With an education like this guy has, it's not wonder the country is in so much trouble. Jeez, I mean people educated in Holland, Austria, China and Russia know this about American history and this guy doesn't. Sad

    November 2, 2012 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
    • toml0864@yahoo.com

      But the Tpublicans are defunding education all over the country.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  74. jimmy

    That is what happens...You have whites who vote based on unbiased un-racist view of candidate, and every single black voting for the black candidate. So as soon as there is a sizable, majority not required, population of blacks the black candidate will ALWAYS win.

    November 2, 2012 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Brewtowner

      Huuh? You're not making sense. If anything, this shows that whites in the South vote on race. You don't see whites voting for African American candidates in the south. Blacks vote for white candidates all the time, even in the south and especially in northern states.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
      • swmatlgen7

        "blacks vote for whites all the time"....are you serious??? Explain to me then why does Obama get 98% of the black vote? Why has Atlanta, where the majority of residents are black, has not had a white Mayor since 1974? The only race that votes on racial lines is the black community. It's proven time and again.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
      • Matthew

        I am a white southerner and I voted for Obama first time around. Worse mistake that I made.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
      • lisaj2791

        95% of blacks voted for Gore. What's your point?

        November 2, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • toml0864@yahoo.com

      Unbiased whites? Seriously? That must go over well at your Klan meetings but not here where people actually think.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:59 am | Report abuse |
    • toml0864@yahoo.com

      Let's see the studies you speak about. How about some links?

      November 2, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Durundal

      I got a chuckle out of your post. Listen sonny even if your little factoid were true, correlation does not mean causality, so you might want to quit while you are behind. And for the love of all, stop race baiting – it just makes you look even more like a pathetic tool.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Oakspar77777

      Actually, he is making sense.

      Blacks are not a majority of the population – they are a minority. Thus, if everyone voted race, none of them would be elected. In GA, whites still outnumber all the minorities combined of voting age.

      What you have is a white population split between parties and a black population that votes as a more unified block (increasingly more unified in the last five elections in a row).

      Thus, the Democratic party has been about trying to get a portion of the white vote while depending on the solid block of the black vote to put them over the top.

      Why do you think this election has focused so often on women? Because the majority of white democrate voters are female.

      If the population was 51% black, there would be no question about the outcome of the election in this district.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      If we put your "theory" (ahem) to the test, then blacks should come out in droves to vote for a Black Tea Party candidate versus a white liberal. Obviously, that wouldn't happen.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Stephen in VA

    "I'm an Independent." – No, you're not. You have a (D) after your name. Independents have an (I) after theirs. And this is the beautiful thing about a representative democracy–if your district wants, as most Southern districts do, to be represented by someone who believes the federal government should do nothing but build the Navy more boats and regulate women's uteruses, then you're probably gonna be out of a job in a few months.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry101

      Yea man forget about bady rights they don't vote anyway kill them any time any where. Yep it all about controling womens rights. The bady they may produce kill it after all it's just plan inconvenant.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
      • miamimike13

        What's a bady and what kind of rights does a bady have?

        November 2, 2012 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  76. teatbagtime

    White south is just another name for KKK. Nothing but a bunch of racist Red Necks. We dont want them. Let the Tea Party have them.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Harry101

      Wow talk about profiling man your good. You know the KKK does the same thing your doing. But in your case It's OK hating whates is a good thing riight? Goodness knows they have earned every negative label you could want to apply.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      As a political liberal who grew up in Athens, Georgia, I understand your frustration over the South and its conservative leaning politics. However, this region of the country is so misrepresented its not even funny. I moved to Philadelphia after graduating college and now live north of Boston. I can say that people in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the country are JUST as racist... the only difference is that, especially in New England, people don't have to interact with other racial groups because almost everyone is white! In fact, as immigrant groups have moved from Somalia to Portland, Maine local politicians have gotten in trouble for making racist comments... so you see, humans everywhere are the same.

      Where were the race riots of the mid-20th century? Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston…

      Where was the KKK founded? Indiana.

      What state voted the first African American into Congress? Mississippi.

      What percentage of Georgians voted for Obama in 2008? 47%.

      The country is not as divided politically or socially as you think. Let's stop using the South as a scapegoat and understand that racism, bigotry, and hatred are human qualities. Pinning this problem on one region gets us nowhere.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
      • conservative

        agreed. i'm from the south but have pretty much lived in the north and midwest for my entire career after attending college in alabama. i can tell you that the north and midwest are much, much more racially divided than the south. not even close. we live together in the south whereas the cities and towns are segregated in the north and midwest.

        November 2, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
      • Frank

        Zack, I'm from Mississippi and have lived in Germany, NC, Canada, England and Texas and I agree with you completely. I see all of these negative comments from MN, NY, elsewhere about ignorance and racism in the South. Hypocrites all of them and I beg to differ on where the ignorance lies.

        November 2, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
      • David

        Zack, that was an excellent post. As a white, Independent male from the state of Georgia, thank you for such a well thought out comment.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  77. wardenhallis

    Political ideology divided directly down racial lines in the Deep South. Hmm Why does this sound so familiar?

    1870, black man elected to Congress. Whites question his American citizenship. Go on voter ID fraud campaign. Kill health care for black, women and children. Upset over economic collapse. Say BIG government is problem and cut funding to schools, roads and hospitals. And this was 1870.

    Sound familiar too? 150 years and whites still can't get over their hatred for blacks in the Deep South or the South at all.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • RW

      Texan here, and I approve this message.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Zack

      As a political liberal who grew up in Athens, Georgia, I understand your frustration over the South and its conservative leaning politics. However, this region of the country is so misrepresented its not even funny. I moved to Philadelphia after graduating college and now live north of Boston. I can say that people in the Mid-Atlantic and New England areas of the country are JUST as racist... the only difference is that, especially in New England, people don't have to interact with other racial groups because almost everyone is white! In fact, as immigrant groups have moved from Somalia to Portland, Maine local politicians have gotten in trouble for making racist comments... so you see, humans everywhere are the same.

      Where were the race riots of the mid-20th century? Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston…

      Where was the KKK founded? Indiana.

      What state voted the first African American into Congress? Mississippi.

      What percentage of Georgians voted for Obama in 2008? 47%.

      The country is not as divided politically or socially as you think. Let's stop using the South as a scapegoat and understand that racism, bigotry, and hatred are human qualities. Pinning this problem on one region gets us nowhere.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
      • wardenhallis

        I was born in Texas lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Monica, Malibu, Tulsa, Stillwater, Ada, El Paso, Dallas, Houston, Midland-Odessa, New York, Phili, Chicago, Miami, Orlando, Hong Kong and several other places.

        The Deep South and the Republican Party have a Deep issue with racism

        November 2, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
      • Darth Cheney

        Your argument is over-simplified. Race riots occurred in those cities because blacks hadn't had the fight or their hopes beaten (literally, in many cases) out of them. Obama got 47% of the Georgian vote because 95% of blacks go Obama – because they are smart enough not to vote against their interests. Mississippi only elected blacks during Reconstruction because Yankees were, um, reconstructing. As soon as reconstruction ended, the South regressed severely. As far as Indiana goes, yes, you are right, the South has no monopoly on racists. Yes, there's racism everywhere but if things seem "smooth" in the South it's not because of true cross-racial harmony. Not by a long shot.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      there is no hatred for blacks in the deep south. where the hell have you been living? i can tell you're not from the south since you are so clueless. i've lived in several regions of this country and i can tell you that racism in the south is non-existent compared to other regions of the country...especially the northeast.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • miamimike13

      Please post links to these events you claim happened in the 1870's. What voter ID campaign? What national healthcare was denied to blacks that was given to whites? You poor attempt to link voter ID to poll taxes is pitiful. You really need to study up on your history.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  78. RW

    The Right has to make it a racial issue, as they have no real platform, candidate or vision. The next best thing is try to mislead the public and align themselves with religion, much like the Nazis did in the early 30's.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  79. ALLuh

    Nice to see some bitter Republican losers here expressing their outrage at the liberal media and what not. Enjoy Bronco Obama's next 4 years.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  80. Truth Today

    Based upon the comments, many Whites in the south left the Democratic party as a result of the civil rights focus. Hence, it stands to reason that Whites in the south who vote Republican, not all albeit, are still upset and angry that Blacks and other groups were afforded the same rights as them. And many of these Whites call themselves Christian. I am convinced that they cannot never judge Blacks for voting Democrat or for Obama for that reason. They have demonstrated one of the the highest level of racism crouched behind the curtain of being opponents of abortion therefore convicted to vote republican. I see why I don't.....

    November 2, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
  81. tv22

    Ah, the latest "Southerners are racist rednecks" article. I love the way we can slam two groups now in this country, southerners and businessmen. How about an article about how there are no Republicans in the Northeast anymore? How about the real issue, with both parties, which is the death of moderation.

    I'm sure there are people everywhere that are racist. I've lived in the north and the south and let me tell you, we are all the same.

    November 2, 2012 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      If you know history or global politics, you will know the Democratic party is essentially a CENTRIST party. The death of moderation has come almost completely from the right side.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Southern White (like it matters?!) Democrat

    We do exist... among the educated in the Universities of the great state of Georgia. I don't care what 'race' represents me...so long as I'm represented.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  83. Chuck

    The Democratic Party is dead, it died in 2000, pretty bad when you have beena democrat your whole life and find
    yourself voting for Republicans. If the party doesnt boot out its Leftists, Socialists, the party is doomed.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • richard in Texas

      True but the same could be said for the Repulican party. If they dont get rid of the extreme FASCISTS in their party they are doomed! Just an observation from an independent who feels like a liberal because of the extremism of the Republicans. All my adult life I voted for Repulican presidents(including, regrettably, Bush W) until President Obama and I voted for him again because he does care about the average American not just the 53%. Vote out the fascist repulicans in the congress so we can get things done!!!

      November 2, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
      • sue

        Well said. I'm a 59 year old white female Christian who was born and raised in Richmond, VA. I used to consider myself an independent and have voted for candidates from both parties in the past. But I now consider myself a Democrat. It would take one huge change for me to ever vote Republican again. Their views on Medicare, Social Security, tax cuts for the rich and women's health issues are way too extreme for me. I have already voted for Obama.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Kathryn

      If you've been a Democrat all your life and are now voting Republican, there's something wrong with you....not the party. The current Republican Party is extremely radical. Mr. Ryan is extremely radical. [Who knows what Romney is?] I was once a Republican, but it's highly unlikely I will ever vote Republican again. Their ideas on social issues, the military, the economy, etc., are not mine.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
      • Chuck

        Then they arent American ideals

        November 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      agreed. the democratic party is the party of the past. it's over. no new ideas and most americans understand that liberals are killing this country.

      November 2, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Darth Cheney

      We have one socialist – Sanders of Vermont. That's it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  84. sparky

    1) Democrats started losing the South as soon as they endorsed civil rights in 1964. Lots of "Dixiecrats" like Strom Thurmond and Jesse Helms switched parties over it.

    2) In recent times, minorities - including well-paid, well-educated Jews and Asians - have overwhelmingly sided with the Democrats. Not because it's the party with ideas, but only because it's the party of not-racist not-crazies. The other party demands you bow down at the Altar of Bubba before you're allowed to call yourself an American.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  85. MRM

    Democrats support the lazy. The south supports hard work.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:50 am | Report abuse |
    • sparky

      Is that why the South gets more federal tax money than they pay into the system?

      November 2, 2012 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Too bad for you that the HHS numbers prove that 8 of the top 10 TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid recipient states are BLUE states.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Carolyn

      This is not TRUE!!! Another myth that Republicans are saying. So who are the lazy people?

      November 2, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • lloyd roberts

      Lazy, the south has the ten poorest states in the country. The south also leads in welfare payments, especially to white people. Most of the people on welfare in the north are people of color, but down south it is overweight, biscuit eating, whiskey drinkin' white folk. Also education is the poorest southern states has students doing worse on standardized testing than students in Bangladesh. Oh yeah, we're lazy up here

      November 2, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
      • @lloyd roberts

        I was born and raised in Texas, I lived on the West coast for 10 years.

        I now live in NJ.

        People are the same everywhere. Some hardworking and full of pride, others non-productive drains on society and the economy.

        It has nothing to do with the area of the country they populate.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
      • Zack

        I agree... I was born in Southwest Florida, grew up in Athens, Georgia, moved to Philadelphia after college and now live north of Boston. People are lazy, racist, and hateful everywhere. People just pin problems on the South to make themselves feel better.

        Where were the race riots of the mid-20th century? Detroit, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York, Cleveland, Baltimore, Boston…

        Where was the KKK founded? Indiana.

        What state voted the first African American into Congress? Mississippi.

        What percentage of Georgians voted for Obama in 2008? 47%.

        Let's start using our brains, shall we?

        – A frustrated liberal who understands you can't make blanket statements about large regions consisting of millions of people.

        November 2, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
      • miamimike13

        False, in Mississippi the majority of those on government assistance are minority and vote democrat. Get your facts straight.

        November 2, 2012 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  86. Carolyn

    I live in the South, and the sad thing about it, is Southern people do not like diversity. They don't like changes. White people here in who are voting for Obama are afraid to say out loud that they are voting for him. When Obama won, it was like it was a funeral at work. No one said a word. The reason black people vote Democrat is because Republicans have never looked out for people of color, sad but true. People in the south are not dumb people but racism still exists deeply in the south. People up north, particularly the northeast are people, which is where I lived for several years, are more diverse and very open.

    November 2, 2012 at 7:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Jorge

      So right Carolyn, I moved to Georgia from Puerto Rico eight years ago after a JOB in architecture/facilities management and I cannot believe the social and educational backwardness that still prevails in the South. I have been asked for my green card, what part of Mexico I'm from, where the hell is Puerto Rico and I've been called "you people" by both black and white alike.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • @Carolyn

      What you describe IS happening all over the country.

      I am in NJ and you do not see Presidential signs in fronts yards like we did when we were younger.

      People are too easily riled over allegiances to Parties which do not even care for them personally.

      I just dont understand why people have to align themselves so strongly with one party or another, they begin attacking other citizens for doing the same.

      Political parties are shaping up to be more like gangs these days – kind of reminiscent of the Brown Shirts in late 1930s Germany.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
    • miamimike13

      What is up with all the liberals on here having no knowledge of history? Republicans have NEVER looked out for people of color? I believe Lincolin was a Republican. It was Republicans who freed the slaves. I believe the first civil rights act was championed by Republicans and the 2nd wouldn't have passed without Republican support. Educate yourself, it is a good thing.

      November 2, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  87. cdnlife

    @GEdwards + @Sean Woods. Ladies or Gentlemen or any combination, respectively, thank you very much for a an enlightening and thought provoking conversation! I truly appreciate and aspire for your level of knowledge and dedication to respect for diverse opinions. If our politicians were, more dedicated to acquisition of knowledge, and respect for opinion, as the two of you have demonstrated, I believe that progress towards becoming a more effective government for Americans, as well as a productive global leader would be well within reach. If I've offended in any way, please accept this as my sincere apology. GEdwards, as you quoted, "If your not a liberal at twenty, you have no heart..." What can I say, I'm still young. Have hope though, it's still possible for the the second part of that quote to come true. Thanks Again!!!!

    November 2, 2012 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  88. Wayne Harris

    Gosh I recall Democrats loved the South and its' uneducated ignorant southerners, because they voted Democrat. They used the solid southern vote to win a lot of elections and control a lot of Congresses. Now I'm an old southern man and I will admit that back then we southerners were an uneducated bunch. Funny thing happened however, some how, along the way, we learned how to read. That spelled bad news for the Democrat party because we began to see them for what they are. Like old W.G. who says we southerners are "suffering from our own stupidity", Liberals believe in their own myths. I wonder what they really think about the intelligence of the black voters who tend the Democrat plantation?

    November 2, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • bobbers

      BS. I am a young southern white man, and my family and I have voted Democrat for generations. We aren't R E D N E C K S.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
      • roosevelt james

        Personally, I think we should start our own party made up of Arabs, muslims, hispanics and other discontents, such as back during the American Reveluotion. start a new America, if the Black Man cannot get a fair shake then the Revolution is the Nuclear Option of last resort. Because remember, if a people have nothing to lose... What you think?

        November 2, 2012 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
    • TomNPitt

      Wayne, you show how well read you are with this commentary. The Republicans of today are the Democratss of yesterday. After Johnson signed his Equlity Amendment for the blacks, the Democrats lost the South. Evidence? How many of todays Republicans brag that they were once Democrats, but saw the light and became Republicans?? Oh yea, wayne – that would be you as well!! People share values. What value do you think it is that all Republicans today in the south share with the Democrats of the 50's and 60's? Would it be the white sheets hanging in their closets??

      November 2, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  89. W.G.

    The south is suffering from their own stupidity . The top 10 poorest states are in the south and are republican led .
    If that doesn´t scare people about romney and ryan and the republicans then nothing will .

    November 2, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yet 8 of the top 10 TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid recipient states are BLUE states. Good try, but the numbers on the HHS website don't lie...but YOU do.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  90. Geo

    These are the poorest states and these people vote GOP. It really makes you wonder how people can be so stupid in such large numbers. Hate to say it but those negative sterotypes of rednecks are true. Very sad that the GOP has so many brainwashed in these parts.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
    • GEdwards

      Do some research. The worst off in those states come from Dem-controlled areas. Roland Martin also tried to argue the same thing, with little deep or meaningful analysis. Not surprising how little thought was put into your conclusion.

      It's the typical 1st-order thinking that we see with the President, rather than looking at 2nd- and 3rd-order effects.

      See my iReport DOC-677686

      November 2, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        2nd, 3rd, 4th.... order effects aren't seen over night. It needs time. The biggest piece of legislation that the President, has enacted has not even fully kicked in. Yet, there are partisan commentators losing sleep over their ideological opposition to the President, not fact, statistics, or science.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        @cdnlife. I don't agree. Follow-on effects can be seen almost immediately.

        For instance when Pres Obama told people they shouldn't be going to Las Vegas – one of the hardest economically hit areas in the country – reservations for conventions started coming in within days.

        Or when he admits that he didn't have the facts, but declared that the police "acted stupidly," which immediately made a tense racial issue even worse.

        He's even his own worst enemy sometimes, like when he advertised that HIS stimulus would keep the unemployment rate below 8%, and that without it, the rate would climb to an unacceptable 9.1%. The problem? Using HIS numbers, he made things worse since the peak went to 10.1%. Same for the rate today. It's supposed to be 5.3%. And that without the stimulus, it'd would be an awful 5.7% today. What is it? 7.8%

        The President clearly doesn't understand the ramifications of what he says or does.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        I need some caffeine.

        CANCELLATIONS for reservations came in....

        And "constantly," not "contenting" reminded...

        November 2, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
      • Russ

        That's splitting hairs a bit thin, isn't it? In a state represented nationally by Republicans, with a Republican governor, and a Republican majority in both the state House and Senate, you want to blame Democratic mayors for all the ills? I'm not sure there's enough credulity in the beautiful state of Georgia to buy that line.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
      • W.G.

        Every expert in the U.S. dis agrees with you ! the top 10 poorest states are republican led .
        anybody can throw a bunch of numbers together so so much for your B.S. report .
        Here´s my report . Obama WINS !!! America is better off for it !!!

        November 2, 2012 at 5:44 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        Not splitting hairs at all @Russ.

        By almost any measure (poverty, unemployment, crime, etc), Dem-controlled areas rank worst. It doesn't matter if it's a Dem state or Repub state.

        All politics are local.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • cdnlife

      Diversity is a beautiful thing. Diversity in opinion is what makes America the benchmark. However, education (or a lack of it) is what separates America. This should not be an issue for the benchmark that the rest of the world aspires to become. Education is where the focus needs to be. The more people become educated from a fact based, non partisan stance, the faster we can progress human society.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        Dems detest diversity of thought, and believe diversity of color is what's important.

        I'm contenting reminded by liberals how I should think about abortion and birth control, and that there's a War on Women.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        I don't believe that to be true. Very simply because it goes against the classical definition of liberalism. They're not telling you how to think about anything, liberals aspire for a mutual understanding that no matter what you believe, your beliefs should not take away from the rights that another individual holds, harm another individual, nor impose on an individual a limitation where they cannot come to a conclusion of what is good for them, of their own free will.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        I'm sorry, cdnlife, but Democrats are the party of those who block conservatives from speaking at universities, seek to regulate "hate speech", and won't let you drink large sodas (I know...Bloomberg claims to be a Republican, but there's a reason that the term "RINO" exists), and force you to "invest" your money in a Ponzi scheme called Social Security, because as Bill Clinton said, if you're free to choose what do do with your own money, you might not do the right thing.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
      • Fernando

        What's your definition of "fact-based, non-partisan stance"? Do the scientific theories of global warming or evolution fit in as non-partisan?

        November 2, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        Those aren't my opinions. So... Yes.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:34 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        Sean, personally, I believe in free in speech, and as much as I would disagree with what somebody might say, hate speech falls under that. Other than that, I definitely believe in quality controls, whether it's for light bulbs, or how big a soda should be. If it promotes living healthier, living longer, I believe that government should promote it. And if I'm not mistaken, I believe that the Bill Clinton quote was originally in context to tax spending.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Too bad the numbers from the HHS website prove you wrong. 8 of the top 10 TANF, SNAP, and Medicaid recipient states are BLUE states. Numbers don't lie, but YOU do.

      November 2, 2012 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
      • TomNPitt

        HHS, TANF, SNAP – i don't now what all those reports are measuring, but I do know, SC, TX, MS and AL have the fewest people covered by health care. And the Healthe Care available is at the Emergency Room where the rest of the country with Health Care have to pick up their tab. These same states have the biggest return on Federal Taxes paid; meaning the rest of the country is paying for your infrastructure. The Education in SC is the lowest and the worst in the entire country! Welfare and foodstamps are highest in these states as well. Why after all this time; and all this political attention, and all the resources available do these states continue to be on the levels of a third world dictatorship?? Oh yea – Republican leadership. I would seriously doubt any Democrat areas would be getting much assistance from a Republican majority. They only care about the money. Except when it comes to paying the government for the bills they run up. Comparing eight years of Bush to eight years of Clinton is the proof in the pudding. That's why we have to re-elect Obama. We're just starting to move the needle back to where it's supposed to be. Romney takes us in a 180 back to Bushanomics..

        November 2, 2012 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  91. Tegan

    I guess Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) doesn't count as from the deep south?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      TN's usually considered a border state, Tennesseans often refer to it as being the "mid-south".

      November 2, 2012 at 5:18 am | Report abuse |
  92. thomasandeaton

    Let's be honest, for a moment. Blks do not ANYONE that disagrees with Obama. Just look at the news. Blk leaders have spoken out against ANYONE that doesn't agree withe very single thing Obama had done; they even say it's "blk people's responsibility to support a blk man. This isn't where our country should be. We should support a person because of what they can DO for our country, not what color they are.
    "They don't care much for the fact that Barrow voted against the president's Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Or that he voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas related to the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal."

    November 2, 2012 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
    • cdnlife

      I believe the last polling stats I looked at stated that some 99% black voters were in favor of President Obama. I agree, this does not paint a very good picture, as there seems to be a very distinct bias. At the same time time, there are other factors, African Americans, have traditionally tended to vote Democratic. Many reasons for this as well. whether one believes this or not, the fact is there is still lots of racial bias in America. On all sides.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
      • ColoradoDad

        Think about this.... Until Obama, blacks and all other minorities voted 100% for the white presidential candidates. Well, that was after whites finally decided to let minorities vote. But who cares about facts when rhetorical nonsense rules the day.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • David R

      Maybe, Republican party could stop the nonsense and actually care of the interest of the blacks.. Then maybe they would vote otherwise.. Repubs did nothing but rather exasperated it further.. So it is as much about Obama being black as Repub not caring for minorities.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  93. buntaye

    There is no such thing as a 12 gauge rifle. It's a shotgun. So you libs know they are very different but what more should we expect. Kind of like the use of the word "ak47" just scare tactics.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Conservative Christian

      Buntaye, There are 12 gauge rifled barrels for shotguns. I have one for my Remington 870 to shoot big game for distance.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Conservative Christian

      There are 12 gauge rifled barrels for shotguns. I have one for my Remington 870 to shoot big game for distance.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      AK47: Avtomat Kalashnikova made in 1947.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Ian

    I found the photography of this story fairly plain. Very little visual variety,very little revealing of character, maybe the photographer was rushed, not exactly sure but certainly isn't up to CNN's standards and not for a feature article.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  95. Greenspam

    So why do poor in deep south vote against their best economic interests and vote Republican?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean Woods

      For the same reason that whites in general voted against their own economic interests, in abolishing slavery: because democracy should not be two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:24 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        Beautifully stated!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
      • government cheese

        Ever heard of the Civil War?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:40 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        The civil was was won by... who? And... with what ideologies?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:47 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        I knew someone would bring up the Civil War as if that negates the fact that whites had been voting for years to elect pro-abolition politicians, culminating in the formation of the Republican Party as an alliance between business interests and abolitionists and the election of Lincoln over Douglas – the abolitionist who ended up emancipating the slaves, over the pro-slavery Democrat.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:03 am | Report abuse |
  96. government cheese

    Most liberals are stupid. CNN knows that.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
    • cdnlife

      Favorite quote of all time:
      It's not that republicans are stupid. But rather that stupid people are republicans.
      This fact totally negates your post.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:52 am | Report abuse |
    • GEdwards

      A better quote (Churchill?):
      "If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.”

      Or (JBShaw):
      "A government that robs Peter to pay Paul, can always count on the support of Paul."

      November 2, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        I don't think I agree with it, but the first one is better. Maybe best in reverse.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
      • Livin' N TX & FL = FML

        No disrespect to the Prime Minister, but at every age we possess and ought to utilize both head and heart.

        November 2, 2012 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  97. anon

    Not only did the Democrats hold great sway in the south, they also tried to block the Civil Rights movement. Gotta love those good ole slave owning Democrats. Yep, somehow in our history we've been taught to believe the Democrat is for the little guy, the down and out. The fact is that the Democratic party has swapped the physical ownership of slaves to the enslavement of the same people, making them slaves of the system. Those same people are still dependent and still have no freedom, but we've all been convinced otherwise. We're all becoming slaves to the wealthy power elite, and those elite are not CEOs or business owners, they are our government.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • kesha

      Apparently, you're unfamiliar with the parties focus shifts these past few generations.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        By the sounds of things... doesn't seem like many people on this forum do. Second poster confused about the swap in names.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        Of course, you can't name a single area in which the Republican Party actually shifted from some old position to its current position...because there has been no such party shift. People moved from one party to another because of reasons stated below...the parties themselves remained roughly the same.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        Sean, I generally agree. But the ideologies of the two parties since their inceptions have fundamentally changed. And I may be wrong, as you do seem to have your history very well polished, but an example would be the democratic party, at its creation, was the party which appealed to conservatives.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        cdnlife, you said that a non-partisan education would help to progress humanity. Well, here's the problem: you don't get a non-partisan education. You get an education that teaches things like what you just said here – that the Republican Party has changed since the days of Lincoln. That's just not true. And the Democrat Party was never the party of conservatives. The Democrat Party was started, in its original form, by Jefferson, in opposition to the Federalists. The Federalists were truly the conservatives of their day – started by Hamilton, who was nearly a Royalist...but at least that party, the Democratic-Republican Party, was very much a classical-liberal party, with much the same views as the modern Republican Party, but very pro-agriculture. The modern Democratic Party, which was created from the wreckage of that party, was mostly interested in anti-business/anti-rich policies...again, not at all conservative. The Republican Party was formed with business interests and abolition in mind, with a large religious influence as well. It began with the values of free enterprise and freedom generally, and it's remained so since.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        Sean, as i mentioned you have a far superior grip on American history than I. My point is that non-partisan education is achievable. Through fact based accounts of history, and social studies in general. You will find it unbelievably astounding how many different variations of history are taught from state to state, depending on which way the state leans politically. If there are differences, all accounts should be brought to light without prejudice to one side of the story, and not have an entire account arbitrarily ignored, as if it never happened. This is what creates divisions in our society. Having consistency in our education system, and consistently high quality across the system, is what will allow progress forward. Education is key. It is the biggest issue with smallest amount of airtime. Education leads to financial progress, social progress, scientific progress. Education is the key.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:13 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        This is pie-in-the-sky thinking. You're not going to force upon the nation a truly unbiased education system. The belief that you can, that your plans are superior to those of everyone else, is elitism, and that leads to fascism.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean Woods

      It's really simple how that happened: the Republican Party has always been the party of freedom rather than the tyranny of the masses. When blacks were enslaved, freedom was appealing to them. Once freed, they were still held down by Jim Crow, and so again freedom was appealing to them. But then the government stepped in and blocked discrimination by private business as well, and government checks were coming; so freedom for the taxpayers and the racists would have meant no more checks, and lunch counters from which they'd be turned away. Freedom was no longer appealing, and the Democrat Party, being the party of big government, became their party instead. Shortly after, the southern whites gave up their parents' and grandparents' grudge against Reconstruction – their one and only reason for embracing the Democrats to begin with – when Reagan came along and made them realize they were supporting a party they didn't believe in, and they finally joined the Republican Party, giving the Republicans all the reputation baggage that they carried over from their pasts.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
      • CNNbeatsFOX

        Sean, your post said it all. Your message is that 'blacks' don't want to work, and just want to get checks. THAT sir, is the reason Southern whites left the Democratic Party – racism. The Democratic party – which was joined by moderate Republicans – "betrayed" you and took down your little Apartheid, ending your post-civil attempt to re-enslave blacks. The Republican party lost its way, and used racist ploys (the Southern Strategy) to get you disaffected Southerners in their rolls.

        November 2, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        Just because Democrats call something racism doesn't make it so. Every supposed "racial ploy" that you talk about as being part of the Republican strategy, was opposition to government handouts and federal control over individuals. If you feel that opposition to welfare and support for limited government is alienating to blacks (that was the whole of the Southern Strategy, after all) and racist, you're just proving my point.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • GEdwards

      You mean like being told what kind of light bulbs we must buy?
      Or that we can't smoke in a bar?
      Or that a restaurant can't use transfats?
      Or being limited on the size of our soda?
      Or that the details of a healthcare policy trump out Freedom of Religion?

      THOSE kind of enslavements of the government?

      November 2, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        It's either that your truly believe that the their is some sort of conspiracy, where the government actually wants to control your life to that extent. Or you truly believe that there is somebody really stupid out there reading your comments, and your hoping to insight some type of fear. Which is it?

        November 2, 2012 at 5:35 am | Report abuse |
      • GEdwards

        @cdnlife//"Or you truly believe that there is somebody really stupid out there reading your comments"
        ===============

        A. I never mentioned or suggested a conspiracy. But theres no question that Dems promote a nanny state. Repubs do as well, but to a far lesser degree.

        B. There's only one poster who has confirmed that they are really stupid and read my comments/

        November 2, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        LOL... made me eat my own words. You're right, there wasn't any mention of conspiracy, but generally, from what I've seen, it's usually some conspiracy theorist that literally believes that the government want's to control your every breath, that post those. There are definitely lines that cannot be allowed to cross by the government. But some of what you listed there, as far as quality controls are concerned, is exactly the reason I or anybody should hope for as a service from their government. If there is something that can physically harm a person, or take away from the longevity of their life, don't you believe that somebody should step in?

        November 2, 2012 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Bubba

        "Or that a restaurant can't use transfats?" Transfats are poison. Really, do some research. You don't want that stuff clogging your heart.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        cdnlife, "your beliefs should not take away from the rights that another individual holds, harm another individual, nor impose on an individual a limitation where they cannot come to a conclusion of what is good for them, of their own free will." But here you're saying that if I don't agree about what's good for me in terms of drink size, I should have a lmitation imposed upon me because I don't know what's good for me, and your beliefs trump my freedom.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • mooseknuckle

      The goal of corporate enslavement is the plan of the rich in the current Republican party. They will fail, and continue to fail in every Presidential election moving forward unless the Republican party rebrands itself and can connect with the goals of the majority of the American people. We are at a golden age, where most people are smart enough to move forward with science and community rather than a tea-party agenda of ancient religious beliefs and racism.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      " The fact is that the Democratic party has swapped the physical ownership of slaves to the enslavement of the same people, making them slaves of the system." You'd last about five minutes down here with a mouth like that. If you stopped fifty black men and asked where they worked, you'd hear fifty job sites. Turn off the radio before you start believing that campaign stuff; that's just to get votes from the simple-minded.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Herewe Goagain

    Southern Democrats founded the KKK.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Billy Jack

      That is the best you can do?

      The southern Democrats who founded the KKK were the conservatives of their era. The Republican party of Abraham Lincoln was the progressive party of that era. The descendants of those who founded the KKK, known as dixiecrats left the Democratic party in the 70's and 80's and became Republicans. Today's Republican party of Mitch McConnell and John Bohner is the Dixiecrat party of Strom Thurmond.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        The Republican Party was the party of classical liberalism, and they still are today. The parties didn't shift; government just got bigger, and the conservative Democrats realized that their grudge against Lincoln was helping to grow government far beyond anything they could stomach, so they left the party that now stands for government handouts for the party that, all along, had kept the same values as it ever had.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:12 am | Report abuse |
      • Billy Jack

        @sean woods....Sorry, but your revisionism in also incorrect. In no universe is the government support in building the transcontinental railroad, the Morrill land grant act, the break up of the Standard Oil Trust or any of the other progressive actions of the Republican from Abraham Lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt considered classical liberalism.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:29 am | Report abuse |
      • cdnlife

        Billy, it was a firm grasp and directive for progression. Something that, not even remotely, can be seen in the GOP of today.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
      • Sean Woods

        Billy, I'd agree with you on Standard Oil. Roosevelt was a progressive who got elected as a Republican, and the fact that his views were at odds with classical liberalism is why he formed his own party afterwards. George W. Bush gave us prescription coverage in Medicare. That doesn't change what the Party stands for generally.

        November 2, 2012 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
      • ColoradoDad

        @Sean. Because Republicans NEVER take any government assistance... right? The hypocrisy among pretty much all Americans today is simply nauseating.

        November 2, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • cdnlife

      That is laugh worthy! I think that somebody, is hoping that there is somebody sitting at their computer reading their posts, and is somehow that stupid, that after reading "democrats founded the KKK", they're going to go out and vote the other way.... Please lets progress this conversation, lots can be learned!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
    • ColoradoDad

      And at one time both Democrats and Republicans owned slaves and believed minorities were barely better than livestock.
      So whats your point?

      November 2, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      "Southern Democrats founded the KKK." Confederate General Forrest actually founded the stupid thing, and back then the Southern Democrats, or Dixiecrats, were proud racists. When they stopped being racists, they lost power in the South and the Republicans became the new Dixiecrats. When you say "Democrat" today, the rednecks hear "Ni##erlover." So what was your point exactly? 150 years ago things were different? We know that. The cell phone service was bad back then, too.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  99. REDFIRESTORM

    ANOTHER PROFILE OF DEMOCRAT POLITICAL COURAGE: POTUS AND FEMA REALITY CHECK: NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, with the eye of a former State Attorney General, thinks about Benghazi as he listens to CNN interview David Axelrod on 10/28 and announce Team Obama's intent to place politics over NY/NJ pain. In essense, Gov. Cuomo heard Axelrod express greater interest in staying ahead of the Romney campaign to better assure Obama re-election as the expense of concern for New York lives. Governor Cuomo waits and watches intently. POTUS changes tune during the course of the storm - anticipating silent watchful New York Leadership eyes - and meets with FEMA then stays put in his WH luxury suite, rather than prance around other states. Governor Cuomo's Democratic hand of anger still slapped the POTUS's Democratic slick "black" face. Neither The POTUS nor FEMA deserve extra kudos or praise. They did what they were paid with hard-earned New Yorker taxpayor dollars. Guess what? Andrew Cuomo is demanding reimbursement - and he will probably soon demand even MORE from the POTUS. Many people have died, and are left homeless in the rat-infested city. Make no mistake, native New Yorker blood is much thicker than Democrat political sewer water. WELCOME TO POLITICAL REALITY: Donna? Roland? Me'shell "Soul on Ice" - POTUS says the black vote ain't enough for me - I need more. Bring me more whites! SALT N' PEPA "PUSH IT" - POTUS - WITH ELECTION ONLY 5 DAYS AWAY: Simon Gallup said on 10/28 - the same day David Axelrod told CNN about your pre-storm value of politics over NY/NJ pain - that 15% of registered voters have already cast ballots in 52-46% Governor Romney's favor. The others who plan on voting early may show more of an even split. Those who still need to vote on Election day will show Gov. Romney their love 51-45%. Guess what POTUS? This does not reflect a special surprise factor. Simon Gallup says: "Pump it POTUS, pump it REAL good - if you can." Only five days to go to show American women how big your plan is compared to Gov. Romney - so PUMP it long and hard baby

    November 2, 2012 at 3:47 am | Report abuse |
    • cdnlife

      Red, you got to be on some sort of crack. Outside in... i gotta tell you, i don't know what's going to be more joyous: The world moving FORWARD, under an educated, thoughtful, and direct leadership from the United States, or the fact that people like you will understand that the old partisan rhetoric is just nonsense. The Free World is looking for leadership, the United States can provide it.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:36 am | Report abuse |
    • kesha

      Off meds again? No way will ny be republican state. Secondly, what are your sources that you are rambling like a mad man?

      November 2, 2012 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
      • Conservative Christian

        Redfirestorm is a Romney mockingbird!

        November 2, 2012 at 4:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mooseknuckle

      This is perhaps the dumbest comment I have ever read in the history of the internet. You aren't too bright 'Redfirestorm', are you? They are ramblings of non-sense.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Fernando

      No Obama campaign posters on my lawn this year. No bumper stickers, either. Too much angst out there. Obama will probably win – just a statistical likelihood, so this kind of talk may seem tame compared to post-election. Any Democrat spiking the ball next Wednesday, has no grasp on the depth of Republican feelings. I'm taking a famous Republican's advice and treading lightly.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • toml0864@yahoo.com

      As the old saying goes...a mind is a terrbile thing to waste. The scariest part of this post is that the poster really believes what he is saying and that the poster can vote.

      November 2, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      He's been listening to FOX; they are selling the idea that the entire country is seething about how Obama refused to send the army via Star Trek teleporter to save the ambassador. Even Romney isn't buying that fudge; the Joint Chiefs of Staff advised against that kind of response, and the teleporter is just on a tv show. In poor Red's mind, we are all enraged about this, Obama invented the nasty youtube video, and ambassadors are supposed to have platoons of soldiers to protect them. Sorry, old boy, Rupert Murdock and his Mormon candidate are losing right now. Get over it. Go back to FOX; he's winning there.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Adam

    How to survive in the south, don't drop the soup!

    November 2, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Bubba

      " don't drop the soup!" Because it will burn your feet? I don't think soup is any different down here from soup in the North, except we don't put chipotle in everything. You may have some small degree of dain bramage, based on your soup theory.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
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