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  What Would Jefferson Davis Do?
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Last EditedJason  Apr 13, 2010 07:48pm
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AuthorMartin Nolan
News DateFriday, April 9, 2010 09:15:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionWhen Republicans gather after the November election to seek a scapegoat, they needn't bother with Michael Steele. The party chairman's spending spree didn't wow voters. People know that staffers are sometimes human, horny and hypocritical.

The man who has diminished the party's chances, who revealed family secrets, is Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia. A hero when he re-captured Richmond from the Democrats, McDonnell revealed a fundamental fact: the GOP is a regional party based on a shrinking demographic.

Older, angry whites form the Republican base. They are plentiful between the Potomac and the Rio Grande. In the Senate, 25 of 40 Republicans hail from below the Mason-Dixon line. Numbers in the House are similar. The GOP caucuses are heirs of the Congress of the Confederate States of America. Jefferson Davis would feel at home. But if the Confederate leader came back today to reclaim his flock, the GOP would be a minor party.

McDonnell's honeysuckle ode to Confederate History Month was a classic gaffe. The governor did not make a mistake. He blurted the truth. Was the late Confederacy an admirable civic organization? A secret poll of GOP politicos would reply: "Of course. You got a problem with that?"
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