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BOOK REVIEW: “The Dixiecrat Revolt and the End of the Solid South, 1932-1968” by Kari Frederickson, 336 pages, UNC Press


Reviewed by Gregg Hilton
This is an important and thought provoking book. The author is a professor of history at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and her effort resulted in the Harry Truman Book Award from the Truman Presidential Library. She is a liberal but there is no bias in her account of this period.
The Dixiecrats (or southern Democrats) were predominantly conservative, but the movement also included many racists. She accurately quotes them and that was enough to prove her point. Her account begins with Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932, but as she readily acknowledges, the Democratic Party’s Solid South really began with the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Continue reading

State Rep. Jennifer Carroll (FL) Named GOP Candidate for Lt. Governor by Gregory Hilton

Carroll supported Attorney General Bill McCollum in the GOP gubernatorial primary, but has now been selected as Rick Scott's running mate. Scott defeated McCollum, and Carrool has the strong support of former Gov. Jeb Bush.


Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott this morning selected State Representative Jennifer Carroll as his running mate for Lt. Governor. In making the announcement Scott said “Her conservative principles are in line with mine, and this fall we will present a clear choice between conservatives with business experience and liberal Obamacrats who want to bring the failed Obama agenda to Florida.” Continue reading

Will Liberal Democrats Listen to the Message From Massachusetts? by Gregory Hilton

Republicans throughout the nation are thrilled with the victory of United States Senator-elect Scott Brown. Only 11% of Bay State voters are Republicans, and this seat has been in Democratic hands for 57 years. Brown will fill Ted Kennedy’s vacancy and be the first Republican in the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
No one is claiming the Bay State is turning Republican but voters did send a profound message. Democratic elected officials are asking themselves if they can not win in a state which they carried by 26 points in 2008, where in the world is it safe for a liberal to be a running for federal office in 2010?
Brown raised over $12 million online which a a new record for a Senate candidate. He raised about $1 million/day during the final week. In claiming victory at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel last night, Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA) said:
“I thought it was going to be me against the machine. I was wrong. It’s all of us against the machine. You have shown everyone now that you are the machine.” Predicting a cascade of election surprises throughout the nation, Brown said, “Let them take a look at what happened in Massachusetts. What happened here can happen all over the country. When there’s trouble in Massachusetts, there’s trouble everywhere, and they know it.”
If Democrats now moderate some of their views it would be a boost to their outlook in the 2010 election. There is a battle underway between liberal and moderate Democrats, and health care is now the focal point. The reactions of some prominent Democrats and journalists to Brown’s victory appear below:
Terry McAuliffe, former Chairman, Democratic National Committee, “This is a giant wake-up call. We have to do a much better job on the message. People are confused on what this health care bill is going to do.”
Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA): “It would only be fair and prudent that we now suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.”
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI): “It’s probably back to the drawing board on health care, which is unfortunate.”
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN): “Many of our people are in denial, but if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope they will wake up. We can not have the furthest left elements of the Democratic Party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country. . . Moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message. They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.”
Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D-Boston): “I never thought I’d see the day when a Republican replaces Ted Kennedy. I think Scott Brown caught the wave of anger that’s out there, and the wave of anti-Obama.”
Former Mayor Raymond Flynn (D-Boston): revealed after the vote that he had supported Scott Brown. He said, “People feel like their vote is being taken granted with this powerful, one party state, and with one-party government in Washington. People want a little coalition, and a little respect… I don’t know how you regroup from something like this. There are going to be a lot of problems in the Democratic party from here on out.”
Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo (D-KY): who is running for an open U.S. Senate seat, “The President is especially unpopular in eastern Kentucky. An Obama visit would not help Democrats.”
Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA): “It is really time now for Democrats to shift their attention to issues that will enjoy broad public support.”
Rep. Allen Boyd (D-FL): “When it happens in Massachusetts, it really throws us a curve. It’s a big deal for a lot of members here.”
Politico: “Think back a year ago and imagine someone saying Obama would throw his support behind Democrats in New Jersey, Virginia and Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts — and lose all of them. Think back a year ago and imagine someone saying he would celebrate his first anniversary without having gotten health care, financial regulation or energy legislation signed into law. And that less than 50 percent of the public would hold a favorable view of his presidency.”
The New York Post editorial entitled “Heck of a Job, Brownie!”: “This is the fifth time in three months that Obama has focused his star power to effect political and policy outcomes — losing each time. It didn’t work in Virginia and New Jersey, where he roller-skated in for Democratic gubernatorial candidates Creigh Deeds and JonCorzine last November. Or in Copenhagen, when he popped in to tout Chicago as host for the 2016 Olympics.
“Or in Copenhagen again, last month, at the global climate-change conference. And now this. . . Brown won. Coakley lost. But, obviously, so did Obama. Here’s hoping the president understands why.”
The New York Times: “What happened in Massachusetts on Tuesday was no ordinary special election. Scott Brown shocked and arguably humiliated the White House and the Democratic Party establishment. . . States do not come more Democratic than Massachusetts, the only one that voted for George McGovern over Richard Nixon in 1972. . . Most ominously, independent voters seemed to have fled to Mr. Brown in Massachusetts, as they did to Republicans in races for governor in Virginia and New Jersey last November. It is hard not to view that as a repudiation of the way Mr. Obama and Democratic Congressional leaders have run things.”
The Los Angeles Times: “The Democratic Party’s defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday — the loss of a single, crucial Senate seat — will force President Obama and his congressional allies to downscale their legislative ambitions and rethink their political strategy.”
Dr. Stuart Rothenberg, GOP political analyst, “This is the biggest political upset of my adult life.”
I am also wonder if some prominent Democrats will now retract some of their comments about the moderate Brown. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called Brown a “far-right tea-bagger,” Chris Dodd (D-CT) said he was a”right-wing radical,” and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) claimed he had “right-wing views” and “radical record.”

A Christmas Present for Republicans: 10 New House Seats in 2012 by Gregory Hilton

The population report released by the Census Bureau on Wednesday afternoon was excellent news for the Republican Party. This is the last report the Census Bureau will make prior to next years count. The data shows Americans are continuing to relocate in low tax and business friendly sun belt states where new jobs are being created.
The high taxes and burdensome business regulations of the Northeast and the Midwest are once again resulting in significant population losses. The next official population count will be released a year from now, and the changes will be reflected in the 2012 election.
At a minimum the population shift will most likely mean 12 seats will shift from the north to the south and west. My prediction is that the 2012 election will result in a 10 seat House gain for the GOP. I am basing this on the new census figures, as well as the analysis provided by Polidata and Election Data Services.
A census has been conducted every 10 years since 1790, and it is a Constitutional requirement.
In the past year alone, Texas grew by 478,000 which is almost the size of a Congressional District. The Lone Star state is expected to receive four new districts as a result of the upcoming census. That could change and the alternative would mean three new seats for Texas and two for Arizona.
To win control of Congress in 2010, Republicans would need to gain 11 Senate seats and 40 House seats. A 25 to 30 seat House gain in 2010 could well lead to control of the House of Representatives in 2012. Washington is the only Blue State to gain a Congressional District, and it is far from certain Democrats will win the expected new seat in the suburban Seattle area.
Who ever is in charge of the states in 2011 will be drawing the new Congressional District maps, and once again the outlook is favorable for Republicans. In Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Utah and Texas — Republicans control both chambers of the state legislature and the governor’s mansion. In Nevada, Democrats control both chambers, while a Republican is governor.
Based on the data in new report the probable gainers and losers in the next election are as follows:
Probable Gainers:
Texas (4)
Arizona (1)
Florida (1)
Georgia (1)
Nevada (1)
North Carolina (1)
Washington (1)
South Carolina (1)
Utah (1)

Probable Losers:
Ohio (2)
New York (1)
Illinois (1)
Louisiana (1)
Massachusetts (1)
Michigan (1)
Minnesota (1)
Missouri (1)
New Jersey (1)
Pennsylvania (1)
Iowa (1)

The Congressman The New York Times Calls “A Wing Nut” by Gregory Hilton

President Obama calls Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) an “outstanding Member of Congress,” and liberal pundit James Carville says “We need more lawmakers like him.” Grayson has been a frequent guest on left wing talk shows where he has been praised by Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Bill Maher.
The New York Times is more accurate when they call him “a wing nut” and “The liberals problem child.” On Wednesday night the Congressman spoke to MSNBC about former Vice President Dick Cheney, and said “On the Internet there’s an acronym that’s used to apply to situations like this, it’s STFU. I don’t think I can say that on the air, but I think you know what it means.” He earlier told MSNBC “I have trouble listening to what Cheney says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he’s talking.” He also claims Cheney “likes to shoot old men in the face.”
Grayson is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School who represents Florida’s 8th district and is known for crying on the House floor. He becomes very emotional over his own speeches. He not only opposes President’s Obama surge in Afghanistan but wants the present American troops removed immediately. “We have to get out, we can’t afford it any more,” Grayson said, adding that troops there “don’t make us any safer.”
When asked about a new web-site promoted by GOP critics, http://www.mycongressmanisnuts.com, the Congressman said: “They call me nuts, they call me stupid, they call me ugly. They might be right about ugly, but that’s not what is important. It’s not about me. It’s about the people who I represent.” Grayson wrote to Attorney General asking that the woman who produced the website be sent to jail for five years.
Grayson also believes:
* Republicans who oppose Obamacare “want you to die quickly.”
* A female adviser to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke (Linda Robertson) is a “K Street whore.” The exact quote is: “This lobbyist, this K street whore, is trying to teach me about economics”.
* He calls our present health care system as a “holocaust.” He said “I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven’t acted sooner to end this holocaust in America.” The United Jewish Appeal said the Congressman was wrong to refer to the holocaust in this manner.
* He says the Republican Party deserves the Nobel Prize for “fear, hatred and racism” and the GOP is composed of “knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.” There is one Republican Grayson frequently does praise, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX).
* Bill O’Reilly asked the Congressman to be a guest on his program but the lawmaker responded by calling the Fox Network “The Enemy Of America.”
* On a Netroots Nation panel, he said that his 2008 Republican opponent, former congressman Ric Keller, “did all his hiring at Hooters.”
* At a fund raiser with Joe Biden, Grayson invited the Vice President to “go water boarding” with him.
* He called conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh a “has-been hypocrite loser” who “was more lucid when he was a drug addict.”
* Before he was elected to Congress, his car sported a bumper sticker with the slogan “Bush Lied, People Died.”
* Liberal Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) says the Florida Democrat is “one fry short of a Happy Meal.”
Grayson represents a marginal district but he should not be counted out. Liberal activists throughout the nation are thrilled by the Congressman’s antics. During its first week the website for his re-election campaign brought in $234,375.
Grayson does not have a top tier GOP challenger and the current front funner is businessman Armando Gutierrez, who has an MA from Harvard. Gutierrez calls Grayson “The poster-child for all that is wrong with Washington. His overblown rhetoric demonstrates that governing is not his forte. Listening to Grayson almost makes you feel embarrassed for him. From runaway spending to hyper-partisanship, Grayson has demonstrated he is among the worst members of Congress.”
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) has told Grayson to tone down his behavior which is contributing to an atmosphere of incivility, and the Congressman responded by apologizing to Linda Robertson. However, Grayson also said he doesn’t plan to rein in his bombastic rhetorical style one bit.
House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) reacted in a similar manner concerning Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). Less than an hour after Wilson shouted “You lie!” at President Obama he was told to apologize by the GOP leadership.
In the current Orlando Sentinel poll, 89% of the respondents said Grayson is “nuts.” The Orlando Weekly endorsed Grayson, but his screaming and strange behavior made the paper rescind its backing.