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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. Stop the maddness!!!

    I am democrat, but I voted for Bush. I voted for him at the time, because I valued his views for the American people. Clearly that was a mistake. The reason I would not vote for Romney does not have anything to do with his party, but his religion. After properly researching the Mormon community I was shock how their doctrine-single handily classified Blacks as inferior and cursed, because of the color of their skin. I mean who in their right mind would suppose this madness.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike O

      And that is why in Utah- in the thickest part of Mormon country there is- they are getting ready to elect African-American Mia Love to Congress. Try getting a grip on reality there, Madness.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • memoe

      You mean you are a Liberal! No such thing as democrats any more!

      November 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • LowerMasonDixon

      how to stop that madness when you were part of it? Duh.

      November 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jbmw

    The liberal media (i.e. CNN, MSNBC, ABC, etc, etc.) loves to call all republicans racists. But they don't realize, because they haven't checked a fact in 30+ years, that most republicans would have voted for Colin Powell, Herman Cain, or even General West, had we been given a chance. But go ahead liberal media, call me a racist, it just proves you are liars.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stop the maddness!!!

    I am democrat, but I voted for Bush. I voted for him at the time, becuase I valued his views for the American people. Clearly that was a mistake. The reason I would not vote for Romeny does not has nothing to do with his party, but his religon. After properly researching the Mormon community I was shock how their doctrine-single handly classified Blacks as inferior and cursed, because of the color of their skin. I mean who in their right mind would suppose this maddness.

    November 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • LeeRoy

      Who would vote for Romney as a Mormon? Not the people that would vote for Obama even though he is a disciple of Rev. Jeremiah Wright and his America hating teaching.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cathie483

    It saddens me to think we are more polarized than less, given that Obama would not have won without whites voting for him. Who are dividing us?

    November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. asdf

    Its one thing to want people to think you are reasonable but then you need to not do things like tout Palin and Bachman as being the greatest thing to ever happen to your party. Heres something you didn't know probably a majority of Dems loathe Reid and Pelosi as they have done nothing but energize the right.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. asdf

    > Conservativism and racism not the same
    Nope they are not. Unfortunately racists tend to be more drawn to right wing organizations (neonazis, kkk etc). A lot of that came about when the Republicans let in the religious crazies who have plenty of other crazy ideas as well about people different than them.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. asdf

    The South is sadly home to the $20k a year Walmart Republican who is on food stamps and talks about them dirty commie liberals ruining America.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry101

      Well I would reather know them then the 24 thousand dollar a year or more government dependant help receiver that you seem to be so found

      November 2, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Keep believing you can live fat off our pathetic social safety net. Maybe in Greece but not here. Besides the South uses more welfare and food stamps than any other part of the country.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        Yep and you have your share up north. they call themselfs unions.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      That is once in Greece. They learned the hard way. Many Dems by the way are more Clinton esque in not believing in handouts either.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jbmw

      That is really funny, really ignorant too, but funny. Little did you know $20K would get you alot in the south.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. oldbones24

    I was fortunate to have Great-grands (born 1854 in GA) alive when I was young. They had stories about the Civil War and Reconstruction in hopes that I would remember the suffering and never vote Republican. I am ashamed for Georgia, how soon we forget the hurt of the land speculators and carpetbaggers.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • laodegan

      So you great grandfather was born in 1854 and recommended you never vote republican? So when did your great grandfather try to get you to join the KKK?

      November 2, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    @Conservative-lol- actually the south has lower paying jobs, most minimum and some of the southern states do not pay minimum wage, They take jobs from unions,(so displacing good paying jobs) they use more federal money than they take in, they have more people on welfare per capitia than blue states, and the schools are some of the worst in the country. Fact. Your fictional south does not exist.

    November 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Florida has some barely hidden slavery (mostly immigrants) going on in the orange orchards as well.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry101

      Well by all means I accept you as the one who knows all about the south. In the real world someplace besides you mind the south varies as much as any other area. People who live urban lives have different ways than those who live in the country. Some are as uninformed as you and believe they know everything about people in other areas as well. So your in the end just common no matter where you live.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Runforthehills

    Short version: If you don't vote for Obama and Democrats, you are a racist!

    November 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Well vote me a racist then if it makes you feel better!

      November 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  11. troy

    CNN is really pushing the racial stories today. Life's too short to get bogged down in all of it. Some people are racists, some are not, many are in between. And this is for all races and ethnicities. Just do the best you can in life and be happy and strong, and you won't even notice the idiots of the world. Pick and choose your fights.

    America isn't as bad as CNN make it. We are on the verge of electing a black man for the most powerful position in the USA...TWICE IN A ROW. That means something.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • dreamisover

      What if barak Obama is not releelected? What does that say about us? I'm sure half the country will cry racism and the will not recognize the new president as legitimate...we are worse now than we have been since reconstruction...it has just swung too far in the other direction now

      November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        If Romney is elected you will hear the same call and just as many angry evil names called that's just the way it is. However, it's acceptalbe to call white people names that just goes with being white today and the men of the race can't do a thing about it. So let them yell

        November 2, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Preston

      I was thinking the same thing Troy. Maybe, just maybe if the NAACP, and the media would stop mentioning race at every turn they get, maybe just maybe more people will be able to live their lives without being FORCED to recognize skin color. I feel that most people really don't give a damn about race in the sense that people cared about race oh say 50 years ago. But when it is constantly being forced down our throats. I for one don't care how many blacks or whites we have in either party. Nor do I care who the firts black person in space was. Lets all just move on and live our lives!

      November 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George

    Response to the GOP Red wall...the Democrat's Blue Wall. The further the GOP moves towards the view of the southern whites, further the northern and western whites will move away from the GOP. So, I wish the GOP and all the white southerners good luck in the future.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fiftyfive55

    Let me see if I get this right. White northerners fought a bloody war with the south and freed the slaves.Then,the ex slaves ,instead of correcting the South for their attrocities,invaded the north in great numbers and called their saviors racist,yet if it weren't for the north these slaves would have still been slaves today.That"s the thanks we in the north got and the south just keeps fighting the civil war quietly,and people wonder why there are still racists in Anerica.Oh,and by the way,there arent that many racists out there as blacks would have you believe.

    November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Caligal

      yes I would agree not as many racist but lot more Predjuice which is a slight preference but , not at the level of I hate all other then like me which is racist. I guess you could say that we couldn;t get a black president without predjuice. We definately wouldn't have one with extreme racism which has somewhat deminished .

      November 2, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      By the way you describe blacks as "invading" the North and blaming them for not "correcting" the South, you sound pretty racist yourself. It must be the black people's fault!!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Patrick Portland

      But you did anyway...get a clue...some truth to what was stated. Blacks & liberal believe everyone who doesn't agree with their point of view or them personally are racist bigots. So sick & tired of listening to that nonsense as are most people of above average intgelligence.

      November 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TiredODaCrap

    He LIES about being an independent to those he hopes to persuade to vote for him and what he believes. Interesting read, but I didn't have to read the rest of the article to know that it was about just another Lib doing anything to try to get into office. Sorry, but

    November 2, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. athiestbob

    i read this....and i can't but wonder why blacks cant let go of their deep hatred and anger towards a bunch of dead white folks who harmed a bunch of dead black folks....welcome to 2012 where racism is a hot market for politics and black racism organizations like the NAACP and Rainbow coalition....they dont exist when we all get along....so we must claim oppression even though we're all equal in the law and economically opportunities are actually reversed....no more excuses....get a a job and don't do it unless you get paid the same as whiteeey...but if you throw race in their face....don't expect a groveling employer to keep you on....there's alot of angry whiteeeys out there that use to not care about race....but the winds area achanging.....and it s self inflicted by the NAACP and the race card

    November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • raenil

      you mean to tell me that there is a group of white people that would go back to the way business used to be done? thanks for the heads up. I thought racism was over with.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  16. independentvoter

    Everyone talks about who actually tanked the economy but few realize that the policies put in place by any administration typically take 6-8 years to play out. This means if the economy is actually getting any better it is not Obama who did it...it's Bush recovering from Clinton. If the economy is actually still tanking, it is Bush's policies failing to stop the dive...once again not Obama. We will not know if Obama's economic decisions were right until some time into the next presidential term. Pres. Obama shot himself in the foot when he stated back in 2009 that if the economy was not fixed in "three years" he did not deserve a second term. (paraphrased direct wording will vary). The problem on using economy as the main issue is neither presidential nominee can point to an effective national economic record. This is how I see it but you are welcome to disagree. I vote for who I think is best regardless of Party and I am from Southwest Ga. Have a great day all.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJH

      Wow, are you essentially saying that Jimmy Carter was some kind of economic genius because of the growth during Reagan's term?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Doh, I think he will need his toes.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jay

    Poor guy. I know what that's like, to be a bright beacon of liberal light in a dark, forgotten sea of Republican red. Born and raised in this guy's district and not a politician myself, I chose to leave Georgia for that reason–I certainly did not fit in. Though I miss my culture and my home, getting out of there was the best thing for me.

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

      Oh cry me a river and then build a bridge and get over it. The south is conservative as it the midwest. DEAL WITH IT.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  18. helicohunter

    If you think that Democrats are responsible for the national debt or high government spending, I dare you to take a look at history. You also must take into account recessions. Over the last 100 years, there has been a spike in spending as a % of GDP, which may be due to decreased revenue and/or increased spending. After the recession, the % usually drops, though not always to what it was previously. Clinton managed to reduce spending quite a bit during his terms. Bush only raised spending during his terms, especially at the end. Neither Reagan or Bush Sr. did anything to reduce spending. Carter did until the recession hitnear the end of his term. Obama definitely increased spending in 2009, but reduced spending in 2010. Total spending as a % of GDP has fallen under his watch, and is predicted to keep dropping. The increase in spending due to this severe recession was less than what occurred under a Republican watch during the Great Depression. If you look at historical tax rates, you'll see that the top tax rate was over 90% during the 40s and 50s and was above 40% from 1930 until Reagan slashed it in the 1980s. The income gap between the rich and the poor has risen dramatically since then. The rich don't have much to complain about.

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

      You are wrong on several counts. Presidents have much much less to do with spending – – it is Congress = Senate + House of Reps – – who pull together budgets, negotiate to reach a unified budget & actually authorize the spending. Secondly, the Congress has been dominated over the last 75 years by Democrats. You need to go back to school, learn how to read & get your facts straight.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Dot

        Actually Congress was dominated by democrats for about 50 years. It lasted until the last 15-20 years, and Senate Republicans started taking back dominance in the early 1980's. Interesting coincidence, if you go to the Pew report that shows the attack on the middle class and its squeezing, also started around that time period.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  19. AthensGuy

    gosh, why, oh why did we reverse the secession?

    November 2, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Harry101

    Your right those do nothing should learn from Mr. Reid and table things so nothing is done but something is done. Love it.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. JoePub

    Obama's use of the MSNBC slogan "lean forward" will be changed to "lean forward and grab your ankles" if he is re-elected.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • AthensGuy

      sore loser...

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

        Nope, not really. Both Obama and Mitt are cut from the same cloth. Neither can be trusted. They are both bad for America. Mitt is only slightly lesser of the two evils. We independents are disgusted with these choices.

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

      "If?" You have to be on crack to think there was ever a chance that the first black president would not be re-elected. Romney's just moving to tale over the GOP so he can pick the 2016 candidate. Tell me, did you ever think the GOP would be the Mormon Party as well as the AynRand/Libertarian Party? Down the rabbit hole again, Alice?

      November 2, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoePub

        This country needs a Libertarian. Romney is not Libertarian at all. He is tax and spend, just like Obama. They don't call it Taxachusetts for nothing.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • boyamidumb

      Why America is in trouble and fading fast – people like you who have not realized we are all in this together. If we don't work to find real solutions, the slide will continue and your children and their will be the ones who pay the price or your ignorance and mine.

      Or you can continue to put things in little boxes of unreality and bury your head in the sand. Up to you..... and me.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  22. elmona1950

    Grew up in, raised a family, and have lived in south for 62 years. In the south, Republican and race issues are absolutely the same. Well, and money/power, too.
    Really.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • DaveinCincy

      ...the only group who cares about race is the democrat party (ie: 98% of blacks voted for Obama). Enough said....People who only see color do not deserve to vote.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • really

        The Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008 is the same person who said "shuck and jive" in reference to the POTUS. No self-respecting black person would vote for a party that shelters such bigotry.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoePub

        Really really?

        Then you better abandon the Democrats because they called Herman Cain a Garbage pail kid.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  23. AthensGuy

    I'm ashamed to say I live in the district represented by Paul Braun (of "pitts of hell" and "the poor should just go to emergency rooms" fame). he is running unnoposed but there is a movement of protest in the district to vote for Charles Darwin.

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

      The poor should go to the emergency room. Our medical system (Medicaid, Medicare) is constructed around this. That way they get excellent care for free.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • AthensGuy

        so, they should not have insurance (a cheaper option for the tax payers)

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

        Since they are on welfare and can't afford insurance...we have to take care of the sick, poor and elderly.

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

        "The poor should go to the emergency room. Our medical system (Medicaid, Medicare) is constructed around this. That way they get excellent care for free." Free? They stick our county hospital with bills for thousands they can't pay. Obamacare is going to collect money from the uninsured and pump it back to the hospitals who are losing by helping the poor, so that what you suggest will be possible. Cross your fingers.

        November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scottish Mama

        @Dusty and Bubba- I know it is hard to fix stupid or try to explain to idiots, but I will try. If there are 30-50 million people without insurance and they all go to the expensive emergency room we pay for that. If 30 miilion out of the 50 million can afford insurance, that is 30 million more paying and using the expensive emergency room. There for the people that do not or cannot have insurance it will be less and cost all of us less. Stay with me now, if people are getting care from doctors they get what is called preventive care, they catch cancers and diseases quicker and it is easier and less expensive to treat, costing us less money. Also the way you get treated is shared and things that work are used and the innovations are shared to streamline healthy cures. Also in Obamacare, if an insurance company does not use 80% of the collected premiums to help patients it is refunded to the employer or the employee whomever is paying the insurance. See not all change is bad.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  24. DustyOnes

    Barrow is a 1980's Democrat. Today's Democrat is racist and a leftist....and an anarchist. He needs to switch parties, like most of the other Liberals did.

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

      oh, really?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • Patrick Portland

        Yes really. Democratic party is the party of leftist parasites who did not contribute, feel the need to apologize for America's exceptionalism, & basically whine about everyhting that does not go their way. Get a clue.

        November 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  25. CW

    Develop an argument sometime. You make your party look dumb.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  26. conservative

    i've lived in the north, south and midwest. most folks from the south wonder when the rest of the country will catch up with them in terms of education, work ethic, morals and personal responsibility. they see the rest of the country as lacking in many areas and feel somewhat helpless to change society for the better.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • pepper

      Right....... and we in the north would mature faster if we were left to fend for ourselves. So I think all of us in our bluest of states should form a new union so we can catch up to the south...I knew I had a reason for my existence here on earth!

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

      what? education in the south is better? the highest indexes of illiteracy are here. there are areas with as much as 25%!

      November 2, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • pepper

      LOl yeah reading a bible by the 'light' of the good ole moonshine...
      yep we surely would be amiss...

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

      People should look at Austin Texas. This is the Silicon Valley of Texas. We have many high tech companies in the area.

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

        and super democratic and unfortunately infamously gerrymandered

        November 2, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelia

      The north and blue states are getting left behind. All the idiots don't realize the educated have left the building. Most of the NY blacks now live in Atlanta and Charlotte because lets face it there both more welcoming then the racist north.. They are leaving in droves from the pit they call NY, Detroit and California. The south hardly has southerners left but hey you city folk keep believing in fairy tales and watching dancing with the stars LOL!!....

      November 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TiredODaCrap

      Lived on both coasts, up north, and in the middle. Sorry folks, but it's the same everywhere you go. Everyone, every where, hates someone. We can all pretend that isn't the case (Heck, I try to convince myself at times), but it's there. Even if just Libs hating conservatives, it's there.
      Until there's a way to get past THAT, it's always going to be the same, everywhere you go.

      November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  27. vernonfueston

    I'm a newspaper editor in a small North Carolina town and I've watched this polarization process over the years. It's a strange dance. Blacks flock to the Democratic Party even though many of them are heavily invested in social issues that the Republican's embrace. Many white Democrats attend Republican Party functions but won't change their affiliation because it "just seems sinful" to break with generations of tradition. Most haven't voted for a Democratic candidate above the level of state legislator in decades. The divide is racial but there isn't the racial animosity one might expect. Both sides just assume their interests are no longer the concern of the "other" party. I've attended meetings as a journalists for both camps over the years and it just gets stranger each election. Republicans used to be the party of Civil Rights, Democrats used to represent the "solid South." Now the polarities are reversed. I sometimes wonder if both camps are signed up on the wrong side.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. JoePub

    UI would to see these "studies". Sources please.

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

      Is that the place Clinton went to?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Etch A. Sketch

    Would any rational real Republican ever vote for a Mormon Bishop who dodged the Vietnam War for 9 years to go do Mormon stuff in FOREIGN COUNTRIES so that he could earn his Mormon Bishop-hood?

    Republican General Colin Powel isn't.

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

      Please try reading something other than campaign trash talk. Romney had a high draft number. He did not have to go on a mission to avoid the draft. He went on a mission because he wanted to. A mission only deferred the draft back then for the two years you served anyway. Uncle Sam would have been waiting on his return. I lived that. I was a Mormon teenager in 1970 and a mission was not a draft dodge. And how do you "earn your Mormon bishop=hood?" It's not that hard. You just have to be prepared to work on behalf of your congregation for a period of about 5-7 years for no pay, working an average of 20-30 hours a week on church work. You also have to be prepared to spend about half your time counseling people in distress, providing welfare assistance to the poor and dealing with the worst kinds of family and personal crises imaginable. I know, been there, done that, too. Please, nobody in this election is the spawn of Satan and this kind of trash-talk does nobody any good.

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

      Yes. Biden had 5 deferments.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  30. conservative

    barack, please go back to being the president and stop posting on this board. LOL

    November 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Gordon H

    Republicans, remember the time when many of you were singing Colin Powell's praises and even considered him as a potential presidential candidate for the 2000 election? That was merely a decade ago so the memory should still be fresh. Well now that he has officially endorsed Obama, Romney's campaign co-chair Sununu went on record and flat out dismissed it as a black solidarity thing. Furthermore, Powell's former aide, Republican Lawrence Wilkerson also called out the modern GOP as a party filled with racists. Yep, keep burying your head in the sand.

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

      you are mistaken. powell stated that his vote for obama was not color blind. sununu simply pointed that out. most blacks will agree that they are racist when it comes to voting for obama. a candidate simply can't get 95%+ of the vote and there not be something going on. i can't say that i blame them but it's not right really.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • David B.

        Al Gore got 90% of the black vote so there goes your theory.

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

      Yeah, that was before he lied on WMD. Democrats, why would you take a known liar, and a military one at that, into the party fold? I thought you hated Iraq?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris in NC

        We thought you loved Bush. And what?

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

      Funny how this "GOP racism" thing only got a foothold in the last 4 years when we had a black president. It was the Perfect excuse for the admin to prove..."the only reason they didn't vote for God Obama is because I'm a black man", and you soak it up like a dried out sponge. Get a real clue, you want to tear down your political opponents, attack their policies, because you don't have a clue, accusations of racism is much easier for people like YOU.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Etch A. Sketch

    The United Auto Workers filed a lawsuit yesterday against Mormon Bishop Mittens for fraud, ethics, and conflicts of interest violations.

    Google: Mitt Romney's BAILOUT Bananza

    Mormon Bishop Mittens made over 115 MILLION on the autobailouts because he and his VULTURE CAPITALIST buddies bought Delphi when its near bankruptcy, then blackmailed GM, Chrysler, Ford, and federal gov't to pay more for parts or else they will shut it all down and sell Delphi for parts.

    Sound familiary? Mormon Bishop Mittens did the same thing with Bain Capital

    Google: Federal Bailout that SAVED Bain Capital and Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney was 38 MILLION in the hole in bankruptcy. He then called his daddy's friends in the federal gov't. Mittens got a free TAX-PAYERS GUARANTEED loan from the FDIC that he never had to pay back!

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

      wow...i mean i realize that most liberals are not very bright but your comments take the cake. unreal. and i do think you actually believe this stuff. wow.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Etch- Is this the same Delphi Company that had it's workers bamblasting President Obama. Huh, maybe these people would reconsider their view if they had all the facts. Romney the Ruinator. I guess that is why Romney did not want to talk about the Auto bailout, he is fleecing the people who work there, fleecing the auto industry, and fleecing the american people. Triple screw for luxe.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  33. basho1644

    Southern "Democrats" are a misnomer and an oxymoron. They all simply belong in the Republican Party. This would clear things up a lot. And good riddance. End of story.

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

      Oh, OK. I guess since basho says so, then that's the way it should be.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Yankee

    America should dump the southern states. Let them form their own country. Good Riddence too! They take more than they give, and are a huge drag on our country.

    November 2, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • pepper

      I agree with you yankee. and we are a drag to them anyway. I think the blue states should form a common union.

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

      actually, the south is the economic engine of the u.s. right now and has been for many years. that's why there is so much investment there versus other regions. taxes are lower; education is much better; crime rate is lower; people work hard; expectations are high; and, there is a general culture of taking responsibility for one's actions.

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

        well then you can proudly form your own nation or states which share common values..

        November 2, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        I agree pepper now talk the Blue states into letting us go last time your people got so up set.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • basho1644

        Really? "Education is better"?? Not from what I've seen. And last I heard, the South generally takes more than it gives back. Unlike the West - California, for example.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • sam

        The Departmnet of Education Studies in 2009, 2010 1nd 2011 show Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana with the WORST school systems in the country. Arkansas is not far behind at 45th and South Craolina is 44th. Anyone who says that education in the south is superior was probably eductaed in a southern school........

        November 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      I agree. The majority of the South is incredibly backwards. They should get a warning first though, so the intelligent people down there can escape.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        Good idea those that choose to leave will not be missed. If they are anything similer to you

        November 2, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoePub

      LOL, that's why more people are flocking to the southern states. I used to live in NJ, then I grew a brain and realized that a state that has nearly the highest real estate tax rates, high personal income tax, the highest auto insurance is for the the dimwits. So, please, stay in the cold snow and keep paying those high taxes, you deserve it.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
      • pepper

        exactly Joe Pub! we disagree and stand in each others way! it would be a smart idea to form ne unions..!

        November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Unfortunately, the facts don't agree. But why stop there?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  35. troy

    Here's a funny though...what are all the ignorant white racists going to do when they have two Latinos, Rick Rubio (r) and Julian Castro(d), as their only choices for US President in 2016? LOL!

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

      where are there any ignorant white racists? or are you speaking of NY or Boston maybe? the article was about the south...

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

      I'm thinking that will happen in 2020. I can't wait! I think Castro will run as a VP in 2016. Maybe Rubio will soon realize how backwards the GOP has become. It's been getting worse and worse since the South joined in flocks.

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

      Rick Rubio, of the Timberwolves?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Possibilianp

    As a Savannian, I am familiar with Barrow, and I CAN TELL YOU THIS MAN IS NOT A DEMOCRAT. He is instead a "Blue Dog" which in his case translates to a "spy for the Republican Party". Everything this man does is for big business and vested interests. I would much rather vote for a lizard Republican who identifies himself as a lizard than a lizard who consistently masquerades as a person.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BILL

      Are you saying democrats are not for big business either? THis is the stupidest misconception of politics, here's your retarded narrative " derrrr only the big evil bad republicans like money, jobs, and corporations....golly if there was ever a rich democrat ceo I'd tear my own eyes out....derrrr" Yeah, thats you. Get a clue, this country SURVIVES on big business. Democrats and Republicans alike. You're clueless, get a clue

      November 2, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  37. American

    Oh, I wish I was in the land of cotton.....

    November 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  38. troy

    The only way to defeat this problem is to just be patient and wait for the old white racists to die off. The newer ones are going to be outnumbered, and are not as invested as the old school white racists.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoePub

      So, racism only occurs in whites?

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

      the old white racists breed new young white racists

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

        Whatever happened to just plain old "racists" why does it matter that its white racism, black racism...you're almost promoting racism yourself and just don't see.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  39. RomneyMormonTruth

    Republicans help blacks, we freed you from slavery, welfare and food stamps. You all had jobs under the Republicans; cleaning houses and working in the fields until the Liberals let all the Mexicans in.

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

      That happen before the southerners became Republicans after LBJ signed the Civil rights act. Now its the party for the rich and biggoted.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoePub

        No matter how much you try, you cannot whitewash the Democrat legacy of the KKK.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Harry101

        what a bigotted comment but libs love being twofaced

        November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Funny how it was a Republican from Illinois who gave Blacks rights and freedoms.

      What you are forgetting about history is that racist elements of the old Democratic party got kicked out and joined the Republican party.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
      • CW

        Yawn. You are grasping for straws. Enjoy the next 4 years. America is tired of your do-nothing party.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  40. asdf

    At the national conventions with race its not about whose on stage but who is in the audience. The Republican party is going to become irrelevant nationally if they continue to be the white only party.

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

      blacks, latinos and women are the fastest growing demographics in the GOP. thanks largely to obama...

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

      That's funny because when there is a person of a different race in the Republican party, the democrats are the first ones to start their racists name calling. Remember the "Uncle Tom" and "garbage pail kid" referring to Cain? You all must be so proud of yourselves.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Gigi

    Why does CNN promote racism in our country. They love to stoke the fire. This is a non story. Who cares what races are in the senate and house. We have a black president for heavens sake!

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

      OBAMA IS OF MIXED RACE..WHAT ALOT OF PEOPLE CONVENIENTLY FORGET IS THAT HIS MOM WAS A WHITE WOMAN...HIS DAD WAS BLACK..I DONT CARE..IM AMERICAN INDIAN.WE WERE HERE FIRST..OBAMA IS A FAILURE..PLAIN AND SIMPLE..IM FROM ARKANSAS.I VOTED FOR CLINTON,REAGAN,I USED TO BE A DIE HARD DEMOCRAT.BUT NOW IM INDEPENDANT..ESP SINCE HALF OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION VOTED TO EXCLUDE GOD AND THE SUPPORT OF ISRAEL FROM ITS PLATFORM..THAT IS NOT THE KIND OF AMERICA I WANT...AND WHAT ABOUT JESSE JACKSON AND AL SHARPTON..ORDAINED MINISTERS AND NOW SUDDENLY THEY ARE FOR ABORTION AND GAY MARRIAGE...WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITES

      November 2, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • john

        Here here brother. Keep speaking the truth!

        November 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  42. The other Guy

    There are only 2 choices for president. One claims to be for the middle class and the other represents a party that caters to the rich. Of course blacks will vote for Obama. If the Democrat running for president was white, they'd for for him also. If the Republican running for president was black he wouldn't have much support from the black community either. A lot of poor whites in the south are voting for a party that is not in their best interest because they hate Obama. It's not fair to claim they are all racists but having lived in the south before, I know there's a lot of it.
    Obama has to appeal to all segments of American because he can't win on just black votes. The republicans seem more than happy to appeal to the hate vote. After they caused the financial melt down, they really have nothing else to run on. It's amazing how many people seemed to have forgotten the economy was tanking during the 2008 election and kept getting worse as Obama was unpacking into the White House. The republicans have done a great job taking advantage of Americas short memory. They're basically claiming he cause the economy to tank.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  43. John 18:38

    Sounds to me like the Congressman needs to switch to the Republican party. That's what everyone has done in my small county in Texas (Chambers), years ago. Same people who have been serving for years - different party.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  44. sherman

    There are plenty of white liberals in Georgia – the problem has been that they have run for office as Republicans for a number of years to get elected. I think it may be time to come out of the closet and run with your convictions. Winning isn't everything right, its how you play the game that should count.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      tell that to the liberal who has lost three times straight running for dog catcher.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  45. jack mehoff

    so CNN, you DO recognize that their are racists in the south? and that we need less black Democrats and more white?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  46. asdf

    Keep banking on whites only Republican party as this might be the last election you can do so and remain a viable national party. Demographics are not the Republican party's friend going forward. Too bad, not really.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Bets in the next 5 years the Republican party suddenly finds a bunch of compassion on immigration issues. White babies are now in the minority.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  47. bill

    Can one finally assume that racism is not limited to whites only? Maybe a better phrase would be "cultural familiarity". One tends to be more comfortable when surroundings are familiar, and race is one factor that can provide more comfort.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kelly

    Whose definition of Deep South is CNN using? Why not Florida, Arkansas, Tennessee, or North Carolina?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  49. asdf

    Yeah but then we would have to deal with uneducated poor economic refugees from two third world countries to the South of us.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • pepper

      I am sure the north would find a way.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  50. mcskadittle

    the conservative the south gets the more irrelevant they become

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

      Has more to do with their lack of education and income than politics but I guess they are obviously related.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • John 18:38

        The comments of both of you are not only ignorant, but stupid, and arrogant as well. You really know nothing about what you are talking about.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • asdf

        Bottom ten states in income are all red state and mostly in the south. Same for education.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • conservative

        education in the south is much superior to anywhere else in the country. not even close actually...

        November 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Dale N.M.

    No matter who is in the White House they are going to have the same problems.

    A divided do-nothing Congress and Senate, there are certain congressmen and senators "" both parties"" from the deep South “Do not like OBAMA” if you know what I mean, they are determined they are going to get him out of office, so they Yell and Argue , insult Fight , and Block each other.

    “” Now “IF” Mitt Romney is in the White House ”” he will have the same problem a do-nothing Congress and Senate, “” Both Parties Will Have Issues They Will Not Like "" They will do everything they can to get MITT out of office,“” Because of His Religion ”” His Successful Business Profile or Something ””.
    The real problem is Congress and Senate ""in both parties"" there are a bunch of “”smoke and mirrors narcissist ”” that do not like each other, “”Say a lot but Say nothing Windbags”” they do not care about the American people they are supposedly representing, they only care about special interests .
    Solution to the problem; vote these people out of office, If the corrupt career politicians “”in both parties”” remain in office, it will be status quo.

    Term limits Congress and Senate 2 like the presidency, problem solved.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  52. CaesarXIII

    I can't wait for elections to be over so we can all go back to gettin screwed over by our politicians we elect to represent us. Get out the KY gel folks, it's going to be a long winter.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  53. troy

    tc, whatever works. As long as Obama gets the votes, I'm happy.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  54. scarf

    James Longstreet must be laughing at Jeff Davis now.

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

      How many people know who Longstreet is?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • john

        Only us undereducated people here in the south.

        November 3, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
  55. pc

    Obama's spiritual mentor was Jeremiah Wright. Quote, “Barack knows what
    it means living in a country and a culture that is controlled by rich,
    white people. Hillary would never know that.”
    Wright-"The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger
    prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing 'God Bless
    America.' No, no, no, God damn America, that's in the Bible for killing
    innocent people. God damn America for treating our citizens as less than
    human. God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she
    is supreme."

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

      you mean he is a christian? I thought last week you called him a Muslim?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael C

      You say his spiritual mentor was Rev. Wright. I'll bet you also believe he's really a Muslim. The cognitive dissonance of the Teabaggers is truly something to behold.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. rh1956

    I think most Americans by now know the REP. Party has basically become the KKK of the 21st century. By calling the President names such as communist, socialist, nazi, " not one of us" etc... is the fact they don't have the courage to come right out and use the N word which is what they really mean.
    The REP party will slowly die off in the years ahead and become more moderate and responsible as the older generation loses their fight to stay alive.

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

      THe REpubnlican Party of today have as much in commmon with Saddam's REpublican Guards as they do the REpublican Party of ABe LIncoln.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • mcskadittle

        pretty soon there will be no way to distinguish a southern republican from the taliban

        November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • BILL

      This is what non-educated, very unintelligent citizens say when they lack true understanding of opposing political parties. That was huge stereotype and generalization of an entire demographic of our people, Our people as in Your neighbors, coworkers, family members, and friends. You toss them to the wind without even asking what their beliefs are and what they stand behind. You scream racism? Labeling half the country as KKK members? You my friend are more than gulity of prejudice yourself. More than likely you don't even know what Conservatism even means, much less your own political party, I doubt you even know what a democrat is even as you stand behind them.
      It's much easier to speak for half the nation and label them as KKK members than to ask a person what they believe personally, that way you don't have to look stupid when someone wipes your ignorant ramblings with your face. YOU , are the type of racists, you are the type of bigots and prejudice follows in your wake. You, are a follower, a sheep, a child in a nation of leaders, thinkers and men.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • newterminator

      When the blacks fight for their right and group themselves in all kind of associations to promote their interest, you call this fighting for civil rights. However, when the whites want to fight for their interest, you call this KKK in action as if they don't have the right to fight for their rights.. What kind of nonsense is this?

      November 2, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  57. GK

    He said it perfectly – which is why I'm a Republican even with the Democrat's social justice point of view.

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

    Of those listed, notice two of the three are white. This isn't about the color of your skin or your genetic make up – it's about spending money and the deficit. And this Democrat gets it. Unfortuantely all CNN noticed was the color of his skin – typical.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      The Republicans are defined by Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, and Rush Limbaugh. If he were alive today, George Wallace would be on that list.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Etch A. Sketch

      Obama + Pelosi + Reid = 2 1/2 white people!

      The Republican Party is defined by Bush Jr, Bush Sr, and Reagan.

      They all increased the DEFICITS and waged unpaid wars with others.

      The DEFICITS we have now are all due to Bush/GOP failed policies. Bush Jr alone has added 11 TRILLION to the federal deficit in the last 12 years.

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

        What are you 12? your numbers dont add up.Be quiet and let the grownups talk!

        November 3, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. jds913

    So, this is what I have taken from the comments on this article. The south has a major problem with the way people see them. Maybe its time for the south to realize that these opinions are formed for a reason. The rest of the country and world has continued to progress, while the south holds onto these oppressive and outdated views. They do this because its the Christian thing to do. Well, welcome to the United States of America. We are NOT a THEORACY. We are a Democratic Republic that was founded on the separation of church and state.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Southern Gent

      I'd say that the rest of the country has a problem with how they see the South. Southerners don't base their morals or any other decisions based on what PC yankees think. We'd much rather live in the South than in a northern catastrophe of a city like Detroit. Thanks for your input, though, bless your heart!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
      • jds913

        As I would rather live in a loving and accepting place like Minneapolis (whose economy is well above national average) than in the South where I would be shamed and persecuted for being gay.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Aaron

        Actually as a demographer I'd like to point out that a vast percentage of people living in Detroit have southern ancestors, and not just the black ones a lot of whites in Detroit also have relatives and family members from the south. This is quite honestly why Detroit has always been one of the most segregated cities in America, and therefore one of the worse. If you segregate a population of poor people (regardless of skin color) together than they lack the funds for adequate resources for the community and the community begins to suffer, that's exactly what happened in Detroit. (Detroit also has a lot of poor whites too) If you notice the city of Detroit is very poor but some of its suburbs are some of the richest in the country. Detroit also has a few very wealthy and safe black suburbs too, blacks who wanted to escape the dangers of the city but weren't welcomed in the white suburbs, same for Chicago too.

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

      Quite the stereotype you laid on a large part of the country. I'm a southerner, born and bread.....I'm also white, agnostic, and a democrat who votes according to opinions and views (not skin color, religion, or party affiliation). Believe it or not, I am not the only one across the 1/4 of the country to which you are referring.
      Who's views are really oppressive and outdated?.........but what would I know...us hillbilly folk really can't read all that good.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  59. pepper

    The south is about being white or black and voting along those lines. Look, I think its time this country split up and allow each new nation to proceed accordingly..

    November 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoeP199

      Didn't we try that in 1860?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • pepper

        Tried that in 1860? So what?? this is 2012.

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

        pepper: didn't work out so well for you in 1860

        November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • enlightened-one

      Pepper, I agree. If you look at the net tax revenue for each state, it's mostly the south that bleeds the federal budget. Although most of those expenditures are from natural disasters lately, it's the south that needs the union. Follow the money

      November 2, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • pepper

        The blue states, for the most part, feed red states with federal funding. The conservative mind set is regressive and that is the way they want it..then..let em be....

        November 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • pepper

      I am not from the south. What I am trying to say is the relationship/government is dysfunctional. and the north and the south would thrive according to the standards they set. but this is really not a 'north' vs 'south' dysfunction as it is a conservative states versus blue states in ability to solve problems. Basically we stand in each others way...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  60. dreamisover

    What if the Democrats got their dream and all the old, white, racist pigs died off in a couple of years and the Republican party collapsed and went away? Then there would be one major party for every election – the Democratic Party!!! How
    long do you think that that would last before it splintered into fragments fighting against itself with people like Rep. Barrow on one side and Nancy Pelosi on the other?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      There's plenty of health disagreement, debate, and compromise in Washington – the kind that voters want. It's just all in the Democratic party! Get rid of the Republican core and the government would start to work again, but certainly wouldn't swing to the extreme right as the coalition of Democrats would keep it in check.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  61. NativeBornAmerican

    The last four letters in Republican is "I can". The last four letters in American is "I can". The last four letters in Democrats is "Rats". Hey Obama "You didn't build that."

    November 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veggiebevy

      Wow, those are some meaningful measures you've got there. Awesome idea to base your opinion on the last four letters of something. I would expect the last four letters of your name spell "hole."

      November 2, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Etch A. Sketch

      The last for letters of Mexican is "I can" too! LMAO

      Obama is right, America wasn't built by one person alone. WE all built America. Without the WE, there is no YOU.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Ken

    If Barrow was truly more concerned with representing the people of his district, then he would approach the Republicans about dropping his Democratic label. Several politicians have been very successful with that showing their independence, yet joining in the cacaus of a certain party so they do have some say or influence. The only issue is he's too proud of his past Democract heritage and family ties, and he won't give that up. Overall he's a DINO (Democrat in name only), and we all know what happened to the Dino's. Declaring to be independent or even switching parties would be better for him, and better for his district.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. rare_earth

    See racism. The other popular CNN article at the moment.
    That will explain this article.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. greg

    in texas, the gop has long targeted white democrats; the strategy has been clear: to create the impression that the gop is the white party and the democrats are the "colored" party. it's all part of their racist strategy to divide the country; but given that whites are not having many children, a short sighted strategy and in any event not healthy for the country no matter the demographics.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  65. movarth

    actually vote republican, who the heck wants a democrat anyway?

    November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  66. movarth

    oh ho ho this is too good to be true.

    Vote WHITE Vote Right!!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Wizowise

    Fairly accurate statements. People forget there was a time African Americans voted Republican heavily. Queue 1964 Civil rights acts. Republican strategist saw opportunity to win the south which was previously not Republican territory by essentially taking advantage of the resentment of the Act. They essentially traded the black vote to gain the southern white vote. It's politics folks. This is why many blacks vote democrat now regardless. There is a distrust with Republicans that's rooted in history.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • anonymous

      "....People forget there was a time African Americans voted Republican heavily. Queue 1964 Civil rights acts. Republican strategist saw opportunity to win the south which was previously not Republican territory by essentially taking advantage of the resentment of the Act>...."

      Historically nonfactual. The Civil Rights acts got a higher percentage of Republican than Dem votes in Congress.

      And the white Dems of the south didn't start flipping GOP til a generation later, when it became obvious that the Dems were on a jihad to destroy American culture. If the Democrats had stuck to jobs and education, and NOT waged the culture war, they'd be an unchallengeable majority as legions of "bitter clingers" would have no reason to see the Dems as their enemy.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  68. BSH

    Don't forget that the polarization goes both ways: the Democrats have no tolerance for candidates who support gun rights, the right to life, or fiscal moderation. If you want to see scary intolerance from the left, look at comment sections on internet sites. Talk about hate-filled, scary polemics.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • greg

      plenty of democrats support fiscal moderation; it was clinton who generated surpluses and it was bush who put us in the red and brought the economy its knees. health care for almost all americans? sounds like pro life to me. caring for the environment? again pro life. gun control? again, pro life.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • ManWithThe1000PoundBrain

      Wrong. Many democrats are gun owners themselves. The problem with people like yourself is that you have a gun "fetish" and think "ya all" should have any type of gun for any reason with no restrictions. Like a 12 year old should be able to buy them from a vending machine. Yes, an exaggeration, but most people, many of them republicans, believe there should be reasonable regulations and that there is no reason for civilians to have assault rifles/military weapons. We have a culture of guns and gun violence like no other modern country–for a reason. NOBODY is trying to ban hunting rifles and states are free to decide what they want regarding CCW. You people are PARANOID that "somebody" wants to ban all guns and that is delusional and ridiculous. You probably have a school bus buried in your back yard full of guns–waiting for the war with the United Nations or something. Obama got elected and gun and ammo sales skyrocketed and... NOTHING happened. Everything is still the same. And in regard to abortion, you don't get it. I know not one person that is "pro" abortion. What they are for is allowing each person to decide for themselves instead of forcing their view on everyone like you do.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Asturiano

    The truth hurts but your Aryan Nation lives in Dixie

    November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Etch A. Sketch

    Mormon Bishop Mittens staged a FAKE food drive for the Sandy victims.

    Google: Mitt Romney FAKE $5000 Walmart Food Drive for Sandy

    Pathetic!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jesse Johns

      Next you should Google ' Benghazi.' You can read all about inept and sluggish Barack Obama.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Etch A. Sketch

        Why Google when there is a PUBLIC INQUIRY which refutes all the RIGHT-WING nuts false claims.

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

        You are an Imbecile along with all the other knuckle dragging Rethuglican retards on this blog. Come on use the 2 neurons in the cess pool you call a braijn and try real lhard to think of which party blocked the authorization of 450 million dollars to protect our foreign embassies, your brain smoking yet idiot ,you guessed right it was the Republican house, with comments like we already spent so much in Iraq why do we need to spend more money to protect embassies in the Midddle East, with Paul retard Ryan screaming the loudest.

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

        kLAR.
        Actually you look like the one with two brain cells with this post. According to the testimony from the SD, money was NOT an issue with security.

        November 5, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  71. tc4012

    And while I'm at it – why was their no indignation when 95% of African Americans voted for Obama? Doesn't that show racist tendencies?????

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

      Only whites can be racist, haven't you heard?

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

      Hispanics are also favoring Obama by the margin of 4 to 1. Asians as well by 3 to 1. Either way, the race for minority votes isn't close and has not been for many decades. Are these other ethnic groups actually black as welll? Must have missed something in genetics class.

      Denial, denial, denial is the conservative way. Instead of recognizing a major problem with their party's platform, they just plug their ears go 'lalalalala' and pretend that their policies are minorities friendly. If by chance that these 'other people' don't, well then they can just be explained away as white haters.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • troy

      Gordon, you beat me to it. The republicans don't attract anyone who's not white, and they don't even attract the majority of whites in this country. However, anything that has to do with racism always draws the racists to concentrate on black people, as if no other groups exists.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Asturiano

    Aryan Nation is alive and well in the Republican Party. Now all the white Southern Districts will be the new 'welfare states' as they take tax dollars from New York, California, Illinois etc to fund their state budgets.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Joe Dirt

    He'll lose. Under the new Democrat age, inverted racism is pushing whites back into a type of self preservation. Whites will be forced to come back together or be singled out and taken advantage of. Our new age of liberal Democrats lack the morals of Dems of the past, they are a filthy uncaring generation that believes everyone in the world should be exactly equal in everything. And like it or not, that can and will never be true.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      make your mind up, are they filthy and uncaring or do they want everyone to be equal?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • kLARGAR

      You prove a point moron now go back to the Stormfront blog where repulsive idiots like you fester in the filth.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  74. volsocal

    The only racism I see is the way the liberal media keeps bringing it up.

    To me, they are Congressmen. Not black Congressmen or white Congressmen. The media should characterize them based on their performance, not their appearance.

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

      Thank you, I second that.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Jesse Johns

    It's been shown time and time again. Black people only support and vote for black people. When are you other whites going to get this through your head ? At what point does it register ? Don't give me any of that ' well, blacks have always voted democrat ' bs. It's a cop out and you damn well know it is. Obama receives 99.7% of the black vote. Do you know what that means ? Is the picture clear enough for you ? You can't get 99.7% of people to agree that 2+2=4, and you're going to tell me that race doesn't factor into 99.7% supporting one man ? Really ? I'm sick and tired of white men taking the heat in this country. I'm tired of being your backup excuse when you fail at something. You all can continue to fall for this nonsense. I know better. Oh by the way, the blacks that you whites keep pandering to, you know, the ones you think will accept you because you voted Obama...they'll have no use for you ( once again ) after November 6th. Book it!!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaythetruth86

      Very well stated

      November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      actually he didnt get 99.7% of the black vote. he got 97% of the black vote, and like it or not traditionally the dems get mid to low 90s of the black vote, whether you call it bs or not makes no difference to the fact.
      live with it.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • troy

      yawn...stop whining

      November 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      .......Bro you seriously have issues. It might help if you go talk to someone, like a therapist or something, asap!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kelly

      Jesse Johns, you need a hug... and some constructive criticism.
      Your reasoning is flawed and your anger is unproductive. The only thing that has been proven 'time and time again' is that the overwhelming majority of blacks register and vote democratic. That's it. Barack Obama enjoys their support because he's a democrat. So did Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter and LBJ and JFK. That's exactly why Herman Cain does not enjoy their support. Nor do Tim Scott or Allen West or Michael Steele. Are there some black people who voted for Obama simply because he's black? Of course. But blacks make up a little over a tenth of the population. White outnumber blacks more than 4 to 1. It's no secret that lots of whites won't vote for Obama because he's black either, so let's call that a draw. Most Americans care about the issues and tend to vote along party lines. Even within the party, blacks won't automatically drift toward the black candidate if there is one. If that were the case, someone from the list of Shirley Chisolm, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and Carol Mosley Braun would have seen the White House before Barack Obama.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • palusko996769

      The high % of black votes for Obama can be a result of being the first (almost) black President. I think this election will be a better indication if black voters simply vote for black President. It will be interesting to see the demographics data for this election.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      No, I think I will tell you that blacks [nearly] always vote for the Democrat whether the Democrat is black or white. What I will also tell you is that the Republican hold in the Southern states is mostly do to racism. Deny it all you want. Just like you probably deny everything from climate change to the roundness of the planet. But whether you like them or not facts are facts.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Truth of it!

    I live in alabama, like it or not they signed away this state, can't speak for others, when they signed the civil rights act. People here do not like the poor regardless of race, black, they only want illegals when they need thier crop picked. If it were up to them it would be open season on anyone with million in the bank.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth of it

      Oops! I ment without millions in the bank.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Vlad

    I live in Atlanta and I none of the Republican voters I asked can even explain what Trickle down effect is, what pro life means, or any of the other things that their party will do for them. They are uneducated people who are being manipulated into voting for candidates that screw their interests over and over again. They never traveled so they have not seen any better.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • pomass

      I heard an economist say lately that "trickle down economics only benefit the rich. And it never trickles down into the hands of those who we think it does.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Just like most Democrats can't find a legit reason to like Obama other than the free stuff and the fact that he is black. Ignorance goes both ways...

      November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
      • kLARGAR

        I am in the 2% of the wealthiest people in this nation Obama has given me my 401 K back it lost 1/2 its value under Bush.Look at the Dow Jones today it is over 13,000 . Oh I forgot you are a Retardican and you do not know what the Dow Jones or a 401 K is.

        November 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  78. jon

    NH is 96% white but Obama signs are proudly in front of people's houses. Romney signs are few and at intersections put there by campaign slaves.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dumb n Proud

      NH is 1.2% black. That percentage doesn't give us a gauge of how racist its population might be. Or does it?

      November 2, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  79. TigerLog

    "Fight for Survival' What a horrible tag line. So if this guy doesn't win the election he is going to die? Survival is for life not for power. People are fighting for their survival when they are diagnosed with cancer or after a tragic incident, not when it's for a seat at the table!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Alfred E. Neuman

    This guy is a Democrat in name only. If he really is an independent then he should register and run as one.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lua

      Independents don't win. You know that. You have to have a big backing (IE Republican or Democrat). There have been some races where a cardboard box would have made a better option for president but people like to vote for their party whether they've done the research or not (usually not).
      I wish they would all attempt to be more "down the middle" than extreme left or right. No intelligent person can possibly be all "left" or all "right." It only results in a stalemate when they pretend to feel strongly toward one end or the other. They are only trying to please "us" and nothing gets done.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  81. gremlinus

    That's a good post. I think you nailed it.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Mary

    Tennssee has two white, Democratic Congressman: Steve Cohen and Jim Cooper.

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

      Apparently, CNN doesn't consider Tennessee to be in the "deep south". The liberal media has to put everyone in a category, you see. That's how they perceive the world. Everyone is one of "those" people in one way or another. Neither the Democrat or the Republican parties understand why they lose elections. People can't be simplified like that.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan I

      The "Deep South" has long been defined as the states along the Gulf Coast, specifcally Loisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

      Tennessee is in no way, by any definition, part of the "Deep South." Texas and Florida are generally viewed as separate because of certain unique cultural aspects. Texas, obviously, has its own culture and Florida is such a blending of different things (North Florida and the Panhandle can generally be considered "Deep South" but then you get into areas like Orlando and Miami which are profoundly different.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Gordon H

    Not to tarnish Lincoln's legacy but why in the world did we fight the civil war again? We should have just let the deep south secede. If that had happened, other parts of the nation would have benefited greatly. After all, these states are some of the biggest offenders when it comes to getting more fed tax dollars than they actually contribute. It's not like the country's GDP and economic growth is dependent on the industries of this region anyways (California can handle the agricultural load easily).

    Bottom line, if these red states want to go backward in time so badly and refuse to accept a black president, I say let them. Just make sure we build an electrified fence around the "Confederate States of America" to keep these illegals from crossing over once their economy collapses. They should reap what they sow.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • sputnick1

      I agrre

      November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • tc4012

      WOW – What an ignorant commentary... You sound like someone that has never traveled this country.

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

        Not only have I traveled this country (including southern states such as Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas), I have traveled across the world as well. When it comes to social policies, there is no place in this country that is more backwards than the deep south, except for perhaps Oklahoma.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • sputnick1

        To Gorden H. I have traveled the country and the world also. OK is not the worse IN is.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      I love this post. Bravo, sir.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave K

      You're not describing the US I live in... where the 'South' (Texas to Georgia) is one of the engines keeping the economy from totally founding. I live in NY where taxes and public debt have driven companies and taxpayers away in droves, my kids will be graduating from College soon and are already talking about moving South to find work – there sure isn't any here. I travel to the south for work and it's like a different country. As I read about my state looking to the feds to pay for disaster recovery I was asking myself what they'd do if they didn't have other states (like the south) to pay for our bad political management decade after decade.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gordon H

        If only things were that simple. We're not just talking about the last decade where the population has been gravitating southward however. What about the 150+ years of industrialized history prior? Ever since the civil war days there has been serious doubt with regards to whether the southern economy can sustain itself. Now if you tried to find the centers of gravity for industries that will be the primary drivers of growth in the 21st century (finance, IT, hi-tech, biotech, healthcare etc), you will find that the deep south is not featured prominently because there is a serious lack of human capital in the region. What do you expect when the bible is featured as the most important 'textbook' in schooling? As your own experience tells you, transplants is the key to such types of growth in the south and not everyone is going to be willing to make that move.

        In any case, my original post was a bit of a hyperbole regardless. The point is that the south by itself will fall behind and if they wish to attract people from other parts of the nation to work and live there, they bette start re-evaluating their social policies.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • volsocal

      The barbed wire at the top will be pointing north.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lua

      You're making generalizations about an entire population of people based on a few and generalizations make idiots of us all. Go to Austin, TX and tell me again about a lack of liberals in the south.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gordon H

        This is no generalization. The deep south has been a bastion of white power movement that is decidedly not minorities friendly. The deep south has been getting more fed tax dollars than they contribute. Most importantly, the south *did* try to secede and even today they are still talking about it should Obama be re-elected, including some public officials.

        Also, I never said that there aren't liberals in the south. Unfortunately, the problem lies in the fact that liberals are vastly outnumbered in the region and as a consequence, their ability to affect change is severely hampered. The regressive TP movement of the past few years certainly isn't helping matters any. I'm a pragmatist so yes, I do hold a great degree of pessimism with regards to the deep south.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Ted R

    I never looked at it like that but it makes sense.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jesse R

    "LAST WHITE DEMOCRAT"? Really CNN? Seriously, why is the left so racist! Why does the skin color of a candidate still matter to the Demorcrats? Why is that part of the story? The only place you hear "race" being an issue is on the left. A liberal woman that works with me said she is voting for Obama because she "doesn't want the first black President to be a one term President." Seriously? For those of you who have no clue in the history of these United States of America... the slave owners and pro-slavery party was the DEMOCRATS! Lincoln was a Republican! Those roots are still prevelant in the DNC today. READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

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

      Jesse- Right on! Leftists scream racism, but looking at these CNN blogs as opposed to the "other" news blogs, what a sad state these folks stumble about in. Just the fact CNN headlines this as a "white" anything speaks volumes. If Obama is losing, it's because of race, as far as the left is concerned. It has nothing to do with his performance as president, which is dismal, to put it kindly. They live in a sad, foggy place. Sad.

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

      The 'Dixie Democrats' of the mid 20th century are far closer to the modern day, post-TP Republicans in terms of social policy and belief. In other words, the time has changed and those 'dixies' would be democrats in name only. Way to point out that relatively pointless technicality. As further illustration, let's say that I'm a through-and-through Wiccan follower but decides to refer to myself as a Christian in public, does that make me a Christian?

      November 2, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin

      The parties of the Civil War era have almost nothing to do with the parties of today. Times change. Suggesting that the democratic party, today, is "racist" because it was the party of slave owners 150 years ago (if that's even true – I certanly don't believe you've gone out of your way to verify it) is frankly nonsense.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin in Atlanta

      Either you're ignorant or blind, but unless you're from the South, you don't realize that racism is still alive and well down here. We may no longer have Jim Crow laws, and you won't see signs that read "Whites Only", but it's still here.

      And, let's be honest, there are just as many people voting for Obama because he's black as there are people voting against him for the exact same reason...

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

      "The only place you hear "race" being an issue is on the left."

      You need to talk to my father in law about that. He's certainly not on the left, and he will be more than happy to talk about how "typical" our president is.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • mabear87

      The racists are the white republicans who do not care about anyone but the rich. These people claim to be evangelicals but frankly they do not practice one line of the new testament. Slavery will come back if the republicans gain power. They blame Obama for doing nothing, but they did nothing and did everything they could to stop employment growth. Those people all need to be sent to GITMO for at least ten years snd McConnell and Cantor should be sent there for life.

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

      You are right, Lincoln was a Republican. And you want to know something else? HE WOULD GET HAMMERED IN THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARIES, in today's Republican party.

      Class dismissed.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • JoeP199

        So would Ronald Reagan. He actually had the 'nads to raise taxes! Grover Nordquist would have chased him out of the party.

        November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • cedar rapids

      my wife's family are repubs through and through and the racism they spout was enough to make me decide i want as little to do with them as possible. The irony being they also describe themselves as being 'true' christians.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
      • BILL

        So your supposed logic here is that...all republicans and all christians are racist and you want nothing to do with them... Glad we understand each other. There will always be racists, always be bigots claiming to be Christians, but its people like YOU that divide the country by seeing everyone in your stereotype. People like you divide the country, people who are smart, but choose to see what they want to see. You're worse than your wifes racist parents..

        November 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim P.

      No, Jesse. You don't have it quite right. I grew up in Alabama in the 50's and 60's when the phrase "He's a Republican" was spoken behind one's hand with the same horror as "You know she's been married 3 times." The Deep South was more than happy to accept all the help that the famous liberal, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was willing to give the people of the South during the Great Depression. LBJ had it right when he said "we have lost the South for a generation" right after he signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. You are correct that you never hear Southern Republicans mention race. The reason they are Republican is because of race. The Republican Party saw it's opportunity–under the code word of "conservatism"–to get all the former Dixiecrats (Democratic segregationists) to come to their camp.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Veritas

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

    Hey, what if a majority black district, just once, for the first time every, actually elected a white person...that might solve the problem. But as long as blacks (98% voting for Obama?) vote first for skin color...we'll...there's not much more that can be done to make the Democratic party more diverse in the South. Southern Republicans this year are running candidates that are Asian, Black, Hispanic, and Indian. Come on Dems...get with the post-racist America!

    November 2, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Robert

    I think it's because the south typically has more morals than the north. And minorities will go Demcrat even if they do have morals because so many of them are dependant on Government social progams and Affirmative Action to survive.

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

      Yeah, the stats don't even begin to back that up. And apparently that morals clause doesn't include being humble at all. Southerners are people. They love their families, they want a job, they want to enjoy life and they want to be safe. Just like everyone else.

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

      This a the post from Robert at 1:07 pm "I think it's because the south typically has more morals than the north. And minorities will go Demcrat even if they do have morals because so many of them are dependant on Government social progams and Affirmative Action to survive" REALLY Robert? REALLY???? We blacks on vote for Demcrats so we can keep social government programs, and Affirmative Action so that we can survive right you are so far from the TRUTH!!! Last time I check most of all americans are in the same boat still, and we all are fighting to survive together.

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

      Robert, to me coming from the south, it looks like absolute opposite. I have never experienced such lack of morals from the people who run the state and local businesses as in the South. It is a place that gives you a right to be immoral and has minimal liability for doing so compared to any place in the world. It is also the poorest and least educated area in all of civilized world (US, Canada, Europe, Australia in case you are also from the South and Mexico is your benchmark)

      November 2, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • gregory

      Robert,
      You are a "Moron"

      November 2, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon H

      Funny, minorities only vote democrats because they are reliant on social welfare and poverty programs? Asian Americans outpace even the whites in terms of median income and education, yet they have been supporting democrats for decades, most recently Obama by a margin of nearly 5 to 1 in 2008. As things stand now, they are still voting democrats by a margin of 3/4 to 1 with about 1/3 undecided. Oh they sure are benefiting a lot from those welfare checks!

      November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  88. realtalker1

    I don't see many real liberals in the deep south democrat or not. I say this as a liberal who lives in the deep south. Every election season when politics is on everyones mind, it seems that friendships I've made end up in ruins and many members of my own family look at me in shame because of my political stances. Know what though, I don't really care. The high road is lonely but I'll take it any day over conformity and ignorance.

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

      I know tons of them, and in fact am one myself. But I work at a university, so maybe that's the difference. And yes, many of them are from here and not transplants.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Veritas

    This has nothing to do with white racism. It has to do with the creation of majority-minority districts that tend to be Liberal but who will ONLY elect one of "their people" – whether black or hispanic. While whites have shown they are quite happy to elect blacks, hispanics or asians, so long as they are conservative (think JC Watts from a 95% white district in OK, Bobby Jindall from LA, etc.).

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

      God thank you , an intelligent statement.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  90. WilSmith24

    You wonder what ever happen to the Moderate Republican and Democrats.........well the Moderate Dem are still around. After the Rebulican Tea Party came alone the Moderate Republicans was just so turn off by the Tea party and just left office. Many of the Moderate Republicans are either not democrats or Independent voters.

    What is goingto be the hardest thing for this country to move forward is going to be the Tea party that rather get it way or let this country fall. To them its not about America its about THEM. They are not for the rights not voices of the country but only to have the country fall into a 3rd world mess. Did you know the Tea Party is backed by billionaires like the Koch Brothers that Support all tea party members campaigns. Tea party is a voice of Lies.

    November 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  91. cooper

    Redistribution 101. True socialism.

    32 All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33 With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34 that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35 and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

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

      Redistrubutiion, as you quote from the new testament, is for belivers only. There was NOT to be a commonality of goods with those outside the faith. CHarity to the outsiders, yes - but not communal sharing. To this day, some Christian groups – Hutterites, some Catholic orders, etc - live communally. But the scripture warns sternly, DO NOT be unequally yoked with nonbelievers! And if sharing all property socialistically with someone else, doesn't mean being "yoked", I don't know what does.

      For those who stilll don't see the problem: look at the troubles of holding all things in common, in the realm of healthcare. Christians (and honest scientists) correctly regard abortion as cold blooded unprovoved first degree murder of an utterly helpless innnocent baby.. everyone else wants healthcare to pay for abortions, even with Christians' tax money. In a commonality of goods, the good people always lose out to the evil.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • BILL

      Of course you realize the only realistic way that is possible, and how great that would be, is if the people themselves decided that was what is best, NOT by granting a Government the Authority to redistribute peoples own hard earned money. When you have a government decide who gets to keep what, you set yourself up for Corruption, for no MAN is strong enough to dictate the wealth of others. If the citizens of the world decided that is whats best, so be it, I'll accept that with a smile. But no government has the strength to conduct this...distribution...without favoring their own will. This is the truth, tried and true.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Tom in San Diego

    Its not the blacks or the republicans who made a mess out of things, it was the one party back door politics of Obama. Its the Eric Holder using executive privilage to hide behind on Fast and Furious. Its Bengahzi and the incompetence that cost 4 men their lives. Its 50 millon people on food stamps, its 50% of Americas homeowners being forclosed on. Its that Obama needs a Secretary of Business because he, himself doesnt know what to do on his own....Even on Obamaween, its taking candy from those who worked, knocked on doors to get some and Obamas thugs taking theirs and redistributing it to others too lazy to do a trick or recieve a treat on their own....

    November 2, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say in Cali, Tom

      Glad that your vote won't count in San Diego. That's a looney view of Obama. Stop listening to Limbaugh and look at the facts.

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

      Tiny Tom the President was not even born when this Jim Crow way of thinking started in the south, but I see that your Daddy passed some of his Jim Crow beliefs down to you. I am 66 and was not born when this crap started.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  93. are122

    No it wasn't, Ethiopia was! lol....and probably early republicans built the pyramids....and Obama came up with 0.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  94. grav1234

    We'd be better off if we had just let the south leave in 1861. They take more in federal money than they pay out, but they're also the ones who whine the most about "EVIL GUBMINT".

    November 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankie Stein

      Wow. Roll Tide.

      Guess I'm going to go to a meetin' to talk about awl dis hea EEBIL GUBMINT.

      Is that the same as evil Doublemint? Just curious.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Steve R.

    Lyndon Johnson once said, when I sign the Civil Rights act, the Democrats will lose the south. It is now coming to fruition...

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

      Exactly

      November 2, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  96. JJH

    This is just the result of changing demographics.

    Southern Republicans have been out-breeding Democrats for a while now. Republicans are against abortion or teaching their children about contraception, so their teen pregnancy rates are far, far higher. Since these teens are having so many kids before they graduate, the South also contains the majority of the worst schools in America.

    So what you get is uneducated, low-income white people who have no access to contraception and breed like rabbits. There's no way Democrats can compete with that in the South.

    The South, because they're part of this Union, also gets far more federal dollars than they put in. The money-making, educated people in the East and West coast are all liberal, while the money taking uneducated people in the South and mid-West are all conservatives. Ironic, isn't it.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Veritas

    CNN notes: Every Republican will be white, save Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina, who was elected in 2010 with Tea Party backing.

    Which shows what most have known for years. Repbulicans in white majority districts pretty much always support Black candidates as long as they are conservative (think JC Watts in OK, etc.). While Democrats in EVERY majority-minority district opt only for a candidate from among "their people." It's true in both hispanic and black majority districts. So who is the race-conscious voters.

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

      Steve Cohen in Memphis is white. So that's not true.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  98. jorgesedano

    so this site is saying there are no more white democrats?

    November 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • John 18:38

      No, just in the South. The author decided it wasn't enough to bring racial bias into his story – he also needed to throw in a little regional bias into the mix as well.

      November 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  99. wrm

    "He's the last standing white Democrat from the Deep South in the U.S. House of Representatives."

    I love how you whittle down your sets...
    WHITE (leaving out all the other races, obviously, without mentioning who or how many)
    Democrat
    DEEP South, to differentiate it from the South, Mid-south, etc. None of which are completely sensical as they are defined in terms of geography or secession history or whatever is convenient for the author; that is, whatever he or she is trying to sell.

    All of this whizzed by in the early paragraphs of the article without any clarification or context, all as a lead-in to race baiting for the upcoming elections. Sweet.

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

      The fifth paragraph is pretty dang specific.

      "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."

      Of course, your personal definition of "early paragraphs" was "without any clarification or context", so perhaps "fifth" was too big. But it was pretty near the top with the take-aways and general story before getting into more details and background.

      November 2, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  100. LogM

    People in these States are living in a parallel world, far away from reality. They are made brainless by the right wing talk show hosts.

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

      or brainless thread posters...

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

      as opposed to the democratic brain trust that exists in urban black america?

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