Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority

Bob Moser, Author . Times $25 (274p) ISBN 978-0-8050-8771-0

This arresting analysis from Moser, political correspondent for the Nation , debunks the belief in an ”enduring Republican South,” which he terms “the single most destructive myth of contemporary politics.” The author wades into the “swirl of stereotypes” to challenge the conventional wisdom of many Democratic strategists, that the South is a Republican stronghold. Moser examines polls and voting trends that belie the idea of a conservative, fundamentalist, inherently racist voting bloc, looking instead at the history of the South as a breeding ground for progressivism and populist economic policies before proposing that the Democrats should stop trying to be “the party of 'Republicans Lite' ” in order to win over Dixie. Moser details Jim Webb's and Barack Obama's successes in the South, praises Howard Dean's “fifty-state strategy” for re-energizing the Democratic Party in the region and gives insightful suggestions for how the party can continue the trend. Well-written, well-researched and perfectly timed with this year's election cycle, this fascinating read is highly recommended to anyone interested in unraveling political fact from fiction and detecting the myriad complicated relationships that knit a nation together. (Aug.)

Reviewed on: 06/16/2008
Release date: 08/01/2008
Genre: Nonfiction
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