Southern strategy

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The Southern strategy was a term used to describe the alleged strategy used by the Republican Party to win the White House by winning support in The South rather than the media centers of Boston and New York City. In the movie Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?, Dinesh D'Souza points out that this alleged strategy was actually one of winning the support of the Sun Belt rather than the Deep South. He also points out that as the South became less racist, it became more Republican.[1]

Liberals, repeatedly unpopular in the South, have tried to attribute this strategy to racial politics. The reality is that liberals have always played the racist card far more often than Republicans do.

The pairing of Northern liberals with Southern Democrats on a presidential ticket has long been the strategic cornerstone of the Democrats' appeal to the racist vote. The promise of government handouts is appealing to many racist Democrats, irrespective of what region of the country they reside.

Year Candidate VP candidate
1932 Franklin Roosevelt (NY) John Nance Garner (TX)
1936 Franklin Roosevelt (NY) John Nance Garner (TX)
1944 Franklin Roosevelt (NY) Harry Truman (MO)
1948 Harry Truman (MO) Alben Barkley (KY)
1952 Adlai Stevenson (IL) John Sparkman (AL)
1956 Adlai Stevenson (IL) Estes Kefauver (TN)
1960 John Kennedy (MA) Lyndon Johnson (TX)
1964 Lyndon Johnson (TX) Hubert Humphrey (MN)
1976 Jimmy Carter (GA) Walter Mondale (MN)
1980 Jimmy Carter (GA) Walter Mondale (MN)
1988 Michael Dukakis (MA) Lloyd Benson (TX)
2000 Al Gore (TN) Joe Lieberman (CT)
2004 John Kerry (MA) John Edwards (NC)
2016 Hillary Clinton (NY) Tim Kaine (VA)

The Southern racist vote is foundational to the Democratic party. The fact white racists vote with blacks for the same candidates and the same handouts only disguises their racism.

See also


  1. D'Souza, Dinesh (August 23, 2018). The myth of Nixon’s ‘Southern Strategy’. The Hill. Retrieved August 23, 2018.