“Republicans now control every U.S. Senate seat, legislative chamber, and governor’s mansion across the Deep South – from Texas to the Carolinas,” Noah Rothman writes at Hot Air:
This condition is giving some Democrats, loyal to the party for whom the term “Solid South” was coined, indigestion. The best example of this phenomenon is an ill-considered paroxysm in the form of a think piece recently published by liberal columnist Michael Tomasky [of the Daily Beast]. In that post, the columnist compared the “reactionary, prejudice-infested” South* to a vindictive veterinarian just dying to put down a sick and pitiable dog.
“And that is what Louisiana, and almost the entire South, has become,” he wrote.
The victims of the particular form of euthanasia it enforces with such glee are tolerance, compassion, civic decency, trans-racial community, the crucial secular values on which this country was founded… I could keep this list going. But I think you get the idea. Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment. A fact made even sadder because on the whole they’re such nice people! (I truly mean that.)
With Landrieu’s departure, the Democrats will have no more senators from the Deep South, and I say good. Forget about it. Forget about the whole fetid place. Write it off. Let the GOP have it and run it and turn it into Free-Market Jesus Paradise. The Democrats don’t need it anyway.
You went full Carole Simpson, Mike. Never go full Carole Simpson. (Though “Free-Market Jesus Paradise” sounds pretty darn good to me, and I’m not an especially religious fellow. But remind me again why voters should elect politicians from a party whose northeast bosses and media operatives loathe them with such palpable contempt?)
There’s one more shoe waiting to drop, of course: This election cycle won’t be complete until someone blames “right-wing media bias” for the Democrats’ losses. C’mon MSNBC, David Brock, Harry Reid, Frank Rich, Al Gore — don’t let me down!
* Gee, that would be news to Bobby Jindal, Nikki Haley, Tim Scott — and Greg Abbott as well.
Update: “It’s Not Sour Grapes, Michael Tomasky Just Hates the South,” Charles Cooke writes today, with flashbacks to earlier Tomasky geographic bigotry such as, “Piss off. Go form your own Boy Scouts. Go form your own stupid country. You aren’t America anymore.”