Liberal bloggers are trying to understand a recent poll
above, that showed an alarming proportion of Southerners believe Barack Obama
is not American or are unsure. Dave Weigel crunched those poll numbers
that "the proportion of white Southern voters with doubts about their
president's citizenship may be higher than 70 percent," though he
concedes the smaller sample size would lead to a higher margin of
error. A similar poll
, to be released tomorrow, reports only 32% of Virginians believe Obama to be American.The crazy South.
Steve Benen wrote
, "Outside the South, this madness is gaining very little traction, and
remains a fringe conspiracy theory. Within the South, it's practically
mainstream." Matt Yglesias suggested
that Republicans are "trying to get non-southern whites to act more
like southern whites." Salon's Alex Koppelman argued that Southern
Republicans are inherently further right
than the rest of the party, writing, "The Republican Party has a Southern problem: It's been largely pushed
out of other regions, and has become dominated by Southerners who are
pushing the party even further to the right in what's become a downward
are frequently citing
remarks from Republican Senator George V. Voinovich of Ohio as proof. When asked to identify his party's biggest problem, he pointed south
. "It's the
southerners," he said. "They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them
and say, 'These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken
over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'"
The South's complex history.
The Atlantic's own Ta-Nehisi Coates referenced
"the weight of white supremacy on white Southeners, and the problems of
trying to erect a populist aristocracy." Coates argued that the poll
results could be explained by the class history of the South. "I can
understand why a disproportionate number of white Southerners (if
not 70 percent) can't seem to accept what's happened," he wrote. "The
peon is king.
What does that make you?"The regional echo chamber.
Daniel Larison wrote
for the American Conservative, "My guess is that the reason why the South as a region has so many more
people in agreement with Birther nonsense or those who are "unsure"
about Obama's citizenship is that it still has a much larger population
of Republicans, and partisan hatred of the President is much greater
there. This makes it more fertile ground for believing nonsensical
claims about the President, because it is a region with a higher
concentration of people willing to believe almost anything negative
about a leading member of the other party."
are liberal bloggers hatin' on the South so much? If Andrew Sullivan is
right that "the GOP is an almost entirely Southern party," and if the
GOP is the mortal enemy of liberal blogs ... well, you do the math.
NBC's Deputy Political Director Mark Murray suggested
that the GOP and the South are increasingly the same thing, noting a "sharp
divide between the Republican base and South versus the rest of the
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