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In the Deep South

January 25, 2008

by CB Buchholz

The Democratic primary season has moved to the Deep South, with primaries taking place in South Carolina this Saturday and then the Florida primary next Tuesday. Our Deaf eyes say that after both primaries, we will get a much stronger clue as to who the Democratic frontrunner will be. We think that it will be Hillary Clinton.

This is not to say that the DEAF DEMOCRATS blog is endorsing Senator Hillary Clinton (in fact, my favorite candidate has already dropped out of the race!), but things point to her gaining a significant lead, especially in Florida and during Super Tuesday, creating a huge jump in her delegate count towards the Democratic nomination.

Historically speaking, the Southern states have always played a pivotal part in presidential elections. After the Civil War, the Southern states steadfastly voted for Democratic presidential candidates as a form of protest against the Republican Party, the party of Abraham Lincoln. This voting pattern earned those states this nickname — the Solid South.

The Solid South bloc remained in the Democratic Party column until President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, signaling the end of the Jim Crowe era. President Johnson exclaimed that his party had lost the Solid South to the Republican Party, words that proved prophetic because the Republican Party occupied the White House in most of the 40-plus years since then. The only exceptions to this Republican “reign” were Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, who both were Southerners. Another Southern Democrat who very nearly occupied the White House was Al Gore, whose presidential victory was “robbed.” Yes, you are entitled to your own opinion on this one!

Now in the year of 2008, the political landscape suddenly looks rather unfamiliar. We are now embroiled in two wars — Afghanistan and Iraq — while at the same time fighting against global terrorism. Our economy is teetering into a possible recession; we are grappling with the threat of global warming; and we need to deal with a culture of corruption. We are now heralding into some unusual times which may call for some unusual measures.

To further spice up this unfamiliar political landscape, the field of candidates in both political parties has given the voters some unprecedented choices. In the Democratic field for a while, we have had a woman, an African-American, a Hispanic governor, several senators and an ex-senator — a son of mill workers. The Republican field has included a former New York City mayor who was the 9/11 hero, a Southern Baptist preacher, a senator who was a Vietnamese prisoner of war (POW), a former senator who became a popular actor, and a Mormon ex-governor of very liberal Massachusetts. Yes, some of them have since then dropped out.

This year, the presidential contest is no longer a “white men’s club.” Yet, the voters face an incredible challenge in choosing the best possible person to lead our nation during these turbulent times.

Now that the primary season has shifted to the Deep South, this region will play a prominent part in choosing a real frontrunner. Starting now with the South Carolina and Florida primaries and going through Super Tuesday up to the Louisiana primary on February 9th, a total of 10 Southern states will participate in the primary process. In fact, during the 1980s, the concept of Super Tuesday was facilitated by the Southern states so they could become a power bloc in choosing the Democratic presidential nominee.

The Deep South may be getting its wish this year, in terms of being a “power” to be reckoned with. Going back 143 years ago to April 1865, General Robert E. Lee of the Confederate States Army surrendered to the Union Army at Appomattox, Virginia. Out of this humiliating and bitter loss came this refrain — “The South will rise again!” In the next two weeks, we may see a fulfillment of this prophecy when the Deep South along with California and New York produces a new frontrunner in this muddled race!

THE SOUTH WILL RISE AGAIN! Hallelujah and Amen to the New South!

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4 comments

  1. NO comment!!!!! 😉


  2. Hey See Gee, what do you mean “no comment”? I think CB wrote a wonderful article and me fist-kiss her perspective on things. I learned a lot from this article and make lot of sense. I’m not a strong Democrat and I really benefit from this blog. Thank you thank you CB and Vikee. Both very far out!!! I love Vikee’s writing too!! Mwah mwah!


  3. WoW! Great website CB and Vikee! As a Deaf Democrat I can now participate with my own peers! Thanks for starting this up for us. Look forward to reading more.


  4. Like BJ says..good job Vikee and CB! It’s nice to read what other Deaf Dems have to say… I just have one thing to say…

    Go Hillary!



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