By BEN EVANS, The Associated Press
Thursday, November 4, 2010; 9:19 PM
WASHINGTON — The white Southern Democrat – endangered since the 1960s civil rights era – is sliding nearer to extinction.
After this week’s elections, the Democratic Party barely holds a presence in the region outside of majority-black urban areas such as Atlanta and Memphis. The carnage for the party was particularly brutal in the Deep South, where just one white Democrat survived across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.
The Republicans’ effort to win over the South, rooted decades ago in a strategy to capitalize on white voters’ resentment of desegregation, is all but complete.
“Right now in most of Dixie it is culturally unacceptable to be a Democrat. It’s a damn shame, but that’s the way it is,” said Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a campaign strategist for conservative Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia, one of the few remaining Southern Democratic senators. Continue reading
“Enforce the antitrust laws that have decimated us. He (John Edwards) said we’re gonna make the playing field level, that the American workers are the most productive workers in the world still—let’s put ’em back to work. We’ve traded local economies for Wall Street dividends. That’s all that’s happened. Since the dawn of time, the big sons of bitches kicked the little sons of bitches’ ass. And that’s what’s happenin’ now. I mean, it’s a time to fight. I mean, anybody who doesn’t think we have a problem with economic disparity, it’s the worst it’s been since the eighteen-eighties. And the redistribution-of-the-wealth argument? I love it when a Republican says to me, ‘The Democrats wanna redistribute the wealth.’ Well, there’s been a redistribution of wealth—but it’s the other fuckin’ way!”
-Dave “Mudcat” Saunders
“The Appalachian Problem: Obama goes to rural Virginia”
by Peter J. Boyer, The New Yorker, October 6, 2008
“I think it’s blasphemy to put this on the ballot and try to divide God’s children for political gain. God loves them queers every bit that he loves the Republicans.”
“It is another example of the Republicans trying to unite their base with a wedge of hate. It is political trickery — it has nothing to do with queers and marriage. It is to help Republicans, in general, unite their base in the name of hate.”
-Dave “Mudcat” Saunders
“Proposed marriage amendment galvanizes both sides of debate”
By Pamela Podger, Roanoke Times, July 31, 2006
In 2006, Dave Saunders served on the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Coalition, a group organized to oppose the Marshall/Newman amendment (2006 amendment to the Virginia constitution banning gay marriage).
“They can’t f—ing count. That’s the Democrats’ problem. You don’t get in the football game and punt on first down. You concede nothing. We conceded 20 states at first and then six more by Labor Day. That’s 227 electoral votes. Bush only needed 18 percent of the remaining electoral votes to win.”
-Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, SouthNow Blog, 2005
SouthNow is the publication arm of the Program on Politics, Media and Public Life within the Center for the Study of the American South at UNC-Chapel Hill.