In what was no surprise to anyone anywhere, Senator Mary Landrieu soundly lost her bid to keep her Senate seat for another term to Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Another Republican Lite bites the dust. Perhaps, if she was courting the African-American vote in Louisiana, she should have focused on something other than Keystone and boasting that she didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2012.
When will Democrats learn that if people have a choice between Republicans and Republican-lites, they'll just vote for the real deal, especially if they're in the Deep South where white supremacy still reigns.
Landrieu was the last Democrat standing in the deep south. Now, every governor is Republican, and every US Senate seat is occupied by Republicans, which must mean the South is poised to rise again.
In some states, the Republican advantage among white voters is nearly nine to one in presidential elections, a level of loyalty that rivals that of African-Americans for Democrats. What has changed is that Southern white voters are now nearly as hostile to born-and-bred Southern Democrats, like Ms. Landrieu, as they were to John Kerry or Barack Obama.
White supremacist Democrats seized control of the South after the end of Reconstruction, the period that followed the Civil War. They instituted so-called Jim Crow laws disenfranchising African-American voters, who favored Republicans, the party of Lincoln. The so-called Solid South all but unanimously supported Democrats for more than half a century, with states like South Carolina and Mississippi routinely offering Democrats more than 95 percent of the vote, even to losing presidential candidates.
The Democratic hold on the South in presidential elections began to change in 1948, when the Democratic National Convention backed President Harry Truman’s position on civil rights. Many Southern Democrats left the convention and nominated Strom Thurmond as the presidential candidate of the States’ Rights Democratic Party.
All hail the New Confederacy.