The South Shall Fall Again

Kevin Drum believes the recent election blunted Southern influence in Washington:

For the first time since Reconstruction, the South will be almost completely shut out of national power. There are still a few liberal Southerners who belong to the Democratic Party, of course, but the reactionary, traditionalist South is, for the time being, nearly powerless. They will not control anything, their caucus is a discredited rump, and their influence will be negligible. There is no reason to fear them or to care what they think. Their power to filibuster, itself guttering and only barely alive following the 2008 election, will be all they have left.

It’s nowhere near that simple, given the GOP’s continued dominance in places like Texas and the upper Plains and Obama’s breakthroughs in Virginia and North Carolina.

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