GOP now holds “Solid South”

GOP now holds “Solid South” 

Posted: 9:03 am Sunday, December 7th, 2014

By Jamie Dupree

The expected weekend defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) not only gives Republicans 54 seats in the U.S. Senate next year, but also what amounts to almost complete political control of the South, capping what has been a sweeping change in recent years.

In the aftermath of the Civil War and Reconstruction, white southerners flocked to the Democratic Party, Democrats had the “Solid South.”

But since Republicans made big gains in the 1980 elections that saw Ronald Reagan win the White House, the GOP has steadily chipped away at Democrats – and now, the takeover is almost complete.

As my neighbor David Leonhardt rightly notes, the Deep South has now gone to the GOP – the “Solid South” of the Democrats has been transformed into a “Sold South” for the Republicans.

In 2015, only two states in the South will have a Democratic Senator – Virginia, where Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) barely won re-election, and in Florida, where Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) holds a seat.

That’s it.

Just as Republicans have dropped off the map in many areas of New England, so too have Democrats in the South.

Even more dramatic is what has happened at the state level, as Republicans in January will hold the Governor’s seat in almost every southern and border state, as the GOP also controls almost every southern state legislative body as well.

When I got my current job 26 years ago, the Georgia Congressional delegation in the U.S. House had 10 members – nine were Democrats and one Republican (Newt Gingrich). Both Senators were Democrats.

Georgia had a Democratic Governor. A Democratic state legislature.

Now in 2015, Republicans control the Georgia state government. Both Senators are from the GOP. The U.S. House delegation is 10-4 in favor of Republicans.

It’s the type of switch that has happened all over the south – especially the Deep South.

114th Congress now almost set

With the victory of Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) in Louisiana, Republicans will hold 54 seats in the U.S. Senate in January, when the 114th Congress convenes.

The last time the GOP had 54 seats in the Senate was 2004; they also reached that plateau in 1982, 1996 and 1998.

Since the direct election of Senators began in 1913, Republicans have never held more than 59 seats in the Senate – that after the 1920 election; the GOP had 56 after their 1928 victory.

By contrast, Democrats have had many elections produce Senate majorities with 60 or more votes: 1934, 1936 (their high point at 76 seats), 1938, 1940, 1958, 1960, 1952, 1964, 1966, 1974, 1976 and 2008.

On Saturday, Republicans also won two runoff elections for U.S. House seats, giving them 246 seats. One seat remains in limbo, the race in Arizona’s 2nd district, where Republican Martha McSally holds a very narrow lead over Rep. Ron Barber (D-AZ).

If that seat stays in McSally’s favor, then the GOP will hold 247 seats – that would eclipse the GOP majority in 1946 of 246 votes.

Republicans held 270 seats after the 1928 elections; their high point in the last century was 302 after the 1920 election.

As in the Senate, House Democrats have been over the 246 threshold many more times; just a few years ago, they held 257 seats after the 2008 elections.

In other words, this is a rare time when Democrats find themselves not only in the minority – but a distinct minority in the Congress.

The same thing has happened nationally in state legislature, and for Governor.

Is this just a blip? Or are we about to see a lengthy period of Republican domination?

Finally, here’s a very interesting graphic about the change we have seen in just the last few elections, as the Republicans have flipped the majorities on the Democrats.

2 comments
Wordell
Wordell

Recently, I watched a TV program about the rise of the Third Reich in Germany, during the years 1932 to 1939.  Listening to the speeches of Adolph Hitler and the phrases he used back then…they sound remarkably like the phrases of our current imposter in the White House. A different time, perhaps…a different country, perhaps, but the same ideology…the same steadfast delusional messages coming from someone that has been called delusional…and not just by me.

We may not be hearing about a Third Reich, but we certainly are hearing about the “one world order” that will bring about world peace.   To one group of people in the world today, world peace means total submission to their view of the world.   Being an old man, I recognize it’s likely that the prediction of armed conflict in the streets of the United States will not be in my lifetime.   It most certainly will be in the lifetimes of my grandchildren and because they have been spoon-fed the lies and deceptions over the years, they will accept their fate…like sheep being led to the slaughter.


In that TV program, it was made very clear that Hitler was accepted by the German people because he told them things they wanted to hear.   By the time they may have realized what was really going on, it was too late…he was in complete control of the government and the people.

Doesn’t that sound like the Kenyan-in-chief that our low-information, dumbed-down people elected…not once but twice?   He promised about their doctors, he promised about their health care, he promised to bring terrorists to justice.   All lies, except for one instance, and for that he had to be practically dragged to the desk to make the decision.   The one bright spot, the killing of Bin Laden, was not actually done by him, but he took the credit.

Brave men stand ready to do violent things, in order to keep this country free…even while the Muslim-in-chief does his best to reduce the United States to a third-world  status.   The plans call for our armed forces to be reduced to pre-World War 2 levels, while terrorists around the world plot our destruction.   The parallels between the German people, and the American people, are many and it may come to pass that our very own wannabe dictator will be able to achieve his stated goal, to “fundamentally transform” the United States of America into a hellhole much like the countries he so admires.


Do you remember his desire to have a civilian army, equal in power to the US Army?  For what purpose would that private army be needed?   What about the rising number of people that are entirely dependent upon the largesse of the Federal Government for their existence?   Do you think they would vote against continuing to get the freebies from the government?   Did you really believe that the swarm of illegals coming here, and those that are already here, would not be made citizens, with full rights and privileges accorded to the legal citizens…and that they would not remember which political party gave them that extraordinary gift?

No, my friends, the man who swore to protect and defend us turns out to have done just the opposite.  There is no doubt in my mind that the majority of the people in America today are more like sheep than like lions.  

The saying is “I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion”…and that was said by Alexander the Great, one of the great military leaders of his, or any other time.   Our sheep are being led, not by a lion, but by a liar.

Ismellarat
Ismellarat

The next one that needs to go is Brown in Ohio.