'WHITES ONLY'

GOP's Southern Strategy Redux?

The GOP might be getting traction though their rejection of Obama's health-care agenda, opposition to Sonia Sotomayor and even the kooky birthers, but might they be damning the future of their party? Writing for the Huffington Post, Thomas Edsall says the Republicans' current strategy is very reminiscent of the "Southern Strategy" that took advantage of racial prejudices though much of the later 20th century. Conservatives are returning to their white base as the party reels and it has produced results: Obama's approval ratings have suffered a precipitous fall among lower-income whites. Still, the demographics of numerous presidential elections since the 60s prove focusing on the dwindling white majority is destined to fail.