The self-soothing story the Left tells itself is that it’s all racism, that Democrats have lost the Southern vote because they’re not as willing to be racist as the Republicans are. Liberal columnist Michael Tomasky cheered the Democrats' loss of the South, which he lovingly called “one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment.”
Any full accounting of Southern politics has to involve race and racism, but it isn’t a top reason for the realignment.
Tomasky and other liberals may not have heard of Sen. Tim Scott, the first black Southerner elected to the U.S. Senate since reconstruction. South Carolina not only elected Scott to the Senate in a special election this fall, it gave him 757,000 votes — 85,000 more votes than his South Carolina colleague Lindsey Graham received the same day.Read the rest here...