The Alabama voters who gave 63% of their vote to George Bush also narrowly defeated an amendment which would have eliminated the requirement for segregated schools. Four years ago, the Alabama voters gave 57% of their vote to Bush, and at the same time passed an amendment 60%-40% which repealed a law against interracial marriage. Alabama is about 71% white and 26% black, so it’s a good bet that the majority of white Alabamans voted against both amendments, just as they voted for Bush. Seemingly Bush’s support increases as racism increases.
Some of the excuses Alabamans give are almost as bad as the thing they’re trying to excuse. Apparently the proposed amendment would have established the right of Alabaman children to a free public education, and that bothered people. So it wasn’t really a racist vote, just an anti-education vote.
A lot of Republicans are anti-education. Their concern for schools is limited to keeping sex education out of the schools, keeping evolution out of the schools, getting Christ back in, and keeping spending low. No, that’s not an exaggeration. Not all Republicans are like that, but a lot of them are.
The nice, slimy Republicans pretend that they don’t know what’s going on, and the servile, cringing Democrats think that we should all be nicer to Bush’s loathesome core constituency. (Paging Brooks! Paging Kristoff!) But forget it. These people are beyond hope. However we put our 51% together, the white voters of rural Alabama are not going to be part of it.
The Democrats are never going to win Alabama, and whether or not we quit saying mean things about the Alabamans, they’re going to keep on saying mean things about us. So screw ’em. They don’t like us, we don’t like them, and as far as I can tell, we’re right and they’re wrong. (And yes, there are some fine people in Alabama, including some fine white people, and I truly do feel sorry for them). Democrats need to keep their Midwestern states and add a few more, win some border states, and win some states in the Southwest.