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