Andrew Sullivan Whistling Dixie

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Andrew Sullivan, the renowned gynecologist who spends most of his time attempting to prove that Sarah Palin could not be the mother of her son Trig, on ABC This Week yesterday began the work of establishing that Obama is going down to defeat because of racism.

This is a column he wrote after the video above:

I think America is currently in a Cold Civil War. The parties, of course, have switched sides since the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The party of the Union and Lincoln is now the Democratic party. The party of the Confederacy is now the GOP. And racial polarization is at record levels, with whites entirely responsible for reversing Obama’s 2008 inroads into the old Confederacy in three Southern states. You only have to look at the electoral map in 1992 and 1996, when Clinton won, to see how the consolidation of a Confederacy-based GOP and a Union-based Democratic party has intensified – and now even more under a black president from, ahem, Illinois

I will leave to others a determination as to the skill of Sullivan as a gynecologist, but in constructing historical parallels he reeks.  A few thoughts:

1.  Race and Obama-Obama is likely to end up with some 38% of the white vote and 95% of the black vote.  I don’t construe anything from this, but if race were regarded as a factor in voting, it would seem that Obama’s overwhelming support among blacks might be considered to have a racial factor behind it, if it is assumed, as Sullivan does, that whites voting against Obama are motivated by race.

2.  What a large Confederacy-  I did not know that the Confederacy included such states as Colorado, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, Alaska, the Dakotas,  Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, and, probably, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio, and, perhaps, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and, in that northern bastion of Dixie, a congressional district in Maine.

3.  Confederate Blacks-I assume Mr. Sullivan will have a racial explanation for why blacks have been emigrating to the States of the Old Confederacy in ever increasing numbers .  Perhaps they understand, as apparently Mr. Sullivan does not, that race relations in the Republican dominated South bear no relationship to the days when Democrats like Bull Connor, Lester Maddox and George Wallace ruled the roost.

4.  2010-I assume that Sullivan will have some explanation that incorporates race for the Republican victories in all parts of the nation in 2010 and why the GOP will likely have 33 governors after the election next week.


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  1. Unfortunately Andrew Sullivan is given a nation-wide voice, so while thinking people who are closely following these things understand that what he says is wrong, the majority of people watching ABC won’t have paid that kind of attention to the facts to realize Sullivan is wrong. And the liberal news media won’t put anyone on the air who would debunk what Sullivan says. Everything is skewed left, and therein lies the danger.

  2. I’m reminded of the constant refrain from the Left during the second Bush Administration: “whenever we disagree, the Right says we are unpatriotic but opposition is patriotism.” I didn’t see what they were talking about then but, if they felt as offended as I am by the allegation that my opposition to this administration is merely cloaked racism, I may be better able to understand why they took it so personally.

  3. The Left is into Narratives not History or Analysis. I call it the Dictator’s Whim. What he decides today he may undo tomorrow for convenience or whim. He has flacks to explain how the two situati0ns are totally different or deny that yesterday took place. No different than the dear old boys of the Soviet Union retouching the photos. “Those who are unaware of hist…” Oh never mind.

  4. Michael Lind, who’s similar to Sullivan (ex-neoconservative, currently hysterical denouncer of all things conservative) already tried his hand at the “neo-Confederates in non-Southern states” theory during the debt ceiling fight — the Confederate “mentality” has metastasized through the Midwest, Mountain West, and red counties of blue states.

    of course for these guys the religious right = the Confederacy and really any position they don’t like = the Confederacy/some other irrational losing side of the past, anything to make it something they don’t have to debate seriously. It’s a standard leftist tactic. Of course you get crazies on both sides but on the Right you don’t get people echoing the moonbat arguments in the way the leftist intelligentsia does.

  5. one last thing, I don’t read him but from what I can tell secondhand this is Sullivan’s modus operandi at this point — say something insanely hyperbolic and basely partisan, then try and intellectually defend it on his blog to portray himself as a noble, impartial seeker of truth.

    So when he suddenly starts claiming the LDS church’s past racial supremacism is the sum of all it’s ever been, it’s not a panicked response to Romney’s surge in the polls, no sir, he’s just asking questions

  6. Many truly want to play this card [racist].
    It couldn’t be that Oblamma has proven his inabilities to govern…could it? Or that he has said one thing and acted completely the opposite. No. No. That’s absurd. It’s those white church going, gun loving, small business owner, Chamber of Commerce member, Constitutionalists that just can’t stand the idea of an African American being president.
    Wow. Kool aid bath in the Sullivan home.

  7. As I hunker down in my house, listening to NOAA’s ongoing broadcasts and the wind howling through my trees, I am comforted to know that my wife and children are up-state, out of the track of this storm. Obama was right about my clinging to my guns and religion… I have both with me now. He was wrong about the cause and effects though.

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