Confederate History Month? CSA Pres Jefferson Davis Would Approve
Noting the recent shrinking regional and demographic base representative of the Republican Party, with the majority being located in the southern United States, Martin Nolan, former Washington bureau chief and editor for the Boston Globe offers his observations regarding Republican Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell's proclamation naming April 2010 Confederate History Month.
He thinks the President of the Confererate States of America Jefferson Davis would be quite comfortable in today's GOP.
Older, angry whites form the Republican base. They are plentiful between the Potomac and the Rio Grande. In the Senate, 25 of 40 Republicans hail from below the Mason-Dixon line. Numbers in the House are similar.
The GOP caucuses are heirs of the Congress of the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis would feel at home. But if the Confederate leader came back today to reclaim his flock, the GOP would be a minor party.
McDonnell's honeysuckle ode to Confederate History Month was a classic gaffe. The governor did not make a mistake. He blurted the truth. Was the late Confederacy an admirable civic organization? A secret poll of GOP politicos would reply: "Of course. You got a problem with that?"
Republican officeholders scurry after Tea Party ralliers whose aim is "to take our country back." To where? To when? To the set of Gone With The Wind?
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