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Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:32 AM

Colin Woodard: The GOPís Yankee Problem

A remarkable thing happened last Tuesday. The Republican Party was virtually extinguished from the land of its birth.

Iím speaking of Yankeedom, a great swath of the country from Maine to Minnesota that was effectively colonized by New England Puritans and their descendants. This cultural region - one of eleven that make up our continent ó includes upstate New York, the Western Reserve of Ohio, Upper Great Lakes states, the northern tier of Illinois, and part of Iowa. The birthplace of the G.O.P and the center of its support for the first century of its existence, today it is home to 54 million people, few of them genetically related to the early settlers of the Bay Colony, but all of them effected by the cultural DNA they left behind.

Itís a region that since its founding in the early 17th century has embraced the notion of the common good, even to the point of encumbering individual liberty to ensure its achievement. Itís a culture that actually considers self-denial virtuous (how strangely un-American that) and has greater faith in the possibility of improving society through public institutions than its peers. More utopian and communitarian than the other major cultural regions of the country, it has long been a challenge for Dixie conservatives seeking to weaken government, privatize services, and roll back taxes, regulations, and consumer safety protections.

A year ago in the magazine, I showed how the underlying political geography of the U.S. would doom Tea Party conservatism to regional, rather than national, relevance. The policy prescriptions embraced by the movement - a carbon copy of those said Dixie conservatives have been fighting for for a couple of centuries - run contrary to the values of Yankeedom and other regional cultures which together form a formidable block in the Electoral College, U.S. Senate, and Congress. I showed how the Tea Party had had difficulty electing its supporters to federal office in these regions, and how those they had were standing on cultural quicksand.


The rest of the article is here:
http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/ten-miles-square/2012/11/the_gops_yankee_problem041122.php

We Yankees in Minnesota showed the Teabaggers the door in the state legislature on Election day, and this is why.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:42 AM

1. Very interesting article. Thanks for posting it, Odin.

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Response to cali (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 09:53 AM

2. Everyone should read his book "American Nations".

It explains the political polarization in this country very well.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 11:44 AM

3. I read it a couple of months ago.

Very interesting, and illuminating.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #2)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 12:05 PM

4. Thanks for the reminder.

I've been meaning to read it - sounds very interesting.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 01:34 PM

5. Rockefeller Republicans are pretty much extinct.

With Olympia Snowe retiring, they are all but gone. Most blue states are now preferring actual Dems to moderate Republicans. And the social issues have really killed Repubs in the north. Just way out of step with those of us in New England and other northern states.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:13 PM

6. When I saw the title, I thought this would be a reference to things money has failed to buy.

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Response to Odin2005 (Original post)

Fri Nov 16, 2012, 04:44 PM

7. Socially progressive fiscally conservative Republicans are GONE. Dead and BURIED. That's why we...

Yankees have kicked them OUT. True, they did have a good year in 2010 here in Maine, but didn't last long. And it was only because Dems didn't vote enough. This year, we CRUSHED them at the polls. Bye Bye. And it was because they decided to go TeaNuts on us, and we said NO FUCKING WAY, take your CRAZY SHIT and SHOVE IT UP YOUR RIGHT WING ASS.

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