by Chris Haire
Democrats waged a culture war against the South, trying to force Southerners to stop “clinging” to their guns and to God. When you try to make it illegal for people to conduct their own affairs according to their conscience, you tend to lose their votes.While Carney acknowledges race plays a role in discussing the Southern politics of yesteryear, he points to South Carolina's own Nikki Haley and Tim Scott as proof that the South is now a post-racial wonderland of colorblindness.
The self-soothing story the Left tells itself is that it’s all racism, that Democrats have lost the Southern vote because they’re not as willing to be racist as the Republicans are. Liberal columnist Michael Tomasky cheered the Democrats' loss of the South, which he lovingly called “one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment.”
The best explanation comes from the mouth of President Obama himself. Speaking to San Francisco donors in 2008 about white voters in the Midwest, Obama lucidly expressed his low opinion of all non-rich voters in flyover country: “they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion.”See, black Southerns typically support gun control. And while they love Jesus, you typically won't see them protesting outside abortion clinics, fighting to erect a 10 Commandments memorial in the town square. They've got bigger problems — one of which is fighting a culture of racial institutionalism that, at best, marginalizes them and, worst, holds them down.
Naturally, Democrats and the Left have tried to pry Southerners away from their guns and religion. Gun control has largely been a culture war effort for Democrats. “Some of the southern areas have cultures that we have to overcome,” was Congressman Charles Rangel’s explanation for why gun control was both needed and difficult.
The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten cursed the Second Amendment as "the refuge of bumpkins and yeehaws who like to think they are protecting their homes against imagined swarthy marauders desperate to steal their flea-bitten sofas from their rotting front porches."
Obama and his party waged this culture-war crusade with glee — and failed, but not before making it clear that they disapproved of the way Southerners live...
There’s no mystery here, and no need to assign widespread racism to why Southerners have rejected Democrats. It’s simple: Democrats and the Left have tried to outlaw Southerners’ way of life.
Democrats have given up on being the populist party, and — as they have increasingly won over the wealthy suburbs and the college-educated — have embraced their status as the party of the economic elite.Think about that for a second: Carney believes that the Democratic Party, even right here in South Carolina, is now the party of the educated and the upper-middle class and the Republican Party is almost exclusively the party of dumb, chaw-chewing, wrasslin' lovin', trailer parking rednecks.