Is the South’s Political Power in Decline?

Yes, according to the New Yorker:

Now the South is becoming isolated again. Every demographic and political trend that helped to re-elect Barack Obama runs counter to the region’s self-definition: the emergence of a younger, more diverse, more secular electorate, with a libertarian bias on social issues and immigration; the decline of the exurban life style, following the housing bust; the class politics, anathema to pro-business Southerners, that rose with the recession; the end of America’s protracted wars, with cuts in military spending bound to come. The Solid South speaks less and less for America and more and more for itself alone.

Solidity has always been the South’s strength, and its weakness. The same Southern lock that once held the Democratic Party now divides the Republican Party from the socially liberal, fiscally moderate tendencies of the rest of America. The Southern bloc in the House majority can still prevent the President from enjoying any major legislative achievements, but it has no chance of enacting an agenda, and it’s unlikely to produce a nationally popular figure.



  • CSP

    Again: what’s the specific relevance to Dallas beyond the catch-all of “any national political story (especially those which make points those on the Left approve of) is by definition a local story”?

    If Wick were still alive, this wouldn’t be happening with pretty much daily regularity on FrontBurner.

  • Dubious Brother

    A Brooklyn liberal giving his unbiased opinion – doesn’t mention the flight of people from NY, Illinois, California … where are they escaping to?

    • blue pencil

      They’re ‘escaping’ to the South — and like Mr. Pearson, bringing some of their Brooklyn liberal thinking with them. Might want to get used to it., just a little bit. Dallas County, after all, votes Democratic. And Florida and Virginia went for Obama.

  • Paul

    Oh yeah, how many electoral votes did New York, Illinois and California pick up after the last census?

  • Avid Reader

    Now he’s just trolling you CSP. At first it was just a by-product of his underlying north eastern lean to the left being set free after having to hide it over at PC People; and yes, I know what goes on in Bradford’s head as clearly as he knows what goes on in AG Abbott’s.

  • Jonah

    The South’s political power will truly die when it runs out of water. And that will be soon. Its role as epicenter of idiocracy is just subtext.