The shift to red

Here is a pretty interesting AJC article about Georgia’s slow drift to the GOP over the last 18 years.


  1. GOP abandons its principles, and we begin to see a “slow drift” away from the party.

    GOP sticks to its principles, and we win even more.

    Easy choice, if you ask me. But who asks me?

  2. Chris says:

    Well, the Bush Administration is certainly full of Reds.

    Perhaps we can end our dependence on foreign oil by wrapping some copper wire around the body of President Regan.

  3. Doug Deal says:


    Well, the Bush Administration is certainly full of Reds.

    I never heard of them hiring Tony Perez, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose or Joe Morgan, but I will take your word for it.

  4. Progressive Dem says:

    I find it interesting that Gingrich, Coverdell and Mattingly are considered the architects. None of them were born and raised in Georgia. Gingrich comes close, but he was an army brat and ended up in Columbus. I guess it took outside agitators. Mattingly was hardly a great success story. He ran against a politicaly crippled and corrupt Talmadge, and couldn’t hold his seat 6 years later against Fowler. Coverdell was the goto guy in the Georgia Senate for the Atlanta business community for MARTA, Grady and other issues. He made a hard right turn after being elected to the US Senate. That was an unusual race against Fowler who polled more votes in the general election than Coverdell, but the Libertarian candidate forced a run-off. Newt lost two house races before he ran for an open seat against a state senator who was pushing the Equal Rights Amendment. He was a great campaigner, but he his third race was a gift.

  5. drjay says:

    “Mattingly was hardly a great success story. ”

    the work these folks did to build the gop in ga has to do with much more than there relative electoral successes and failures–mattingly was the state gop chair in the mid 70’s and he and a few other were the committed core of a group trying to build the party in ga–that included getting newt elected and coverdell leading (and growing)the gop in the state senate–at one point in the 70’s there were literally 4–just 4 gop state senators–that is what they were architects of and that is why they are “successful” they planted the seeds 30 years ago that became the roots that blossomed into the success of the gop in the new millenium

  6. BubbaRich says:

    The success of the GOP was in identifying 4-5 narrow issues they could guarantee getting the South to vote for. Like identifying the Democratic Party as the party of Communists, foreigners, and “blacks.” Amusingly, it was also built around defining the Democratic Party as the party of high taxes and high spending. I’m pretty sure that one has been safely destroyed, now, since even the stupidest Republican can see that Bush, Bush, and Reagan have been a great team for increasing taxes AND increasing spending. Gingrich’s Contract on America ended up meaning more spending and more taxes, so even our homeboys couldn’t be relied on to protect us.

  7. OleDirtyBarrister says:

    I think that the commentators in the article are wrong, as I think most of the posts here are wrong.

    Ronald Reagan and Zell Miller actually said it all with “I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, it left me” and in “A National Party No More.” The shift to the left and embracing all the loony moonbat positions alienated southern voters. The values of the voters are similar, it’s just that they can’t hold their nose to vote for the modern Dems. The modern Dems are not from the same cloth as Richard Russell, Sam Nunn, Zell, etc. A lot of people in this state don’t vote for Republicans, they vote against the Democrats because they are so radically liberal and repulsive.

    Sonny may be the first Repub guv, but remember that Sonny was a Dem until 1997 or so. By that time, even Zell reflected what a Republican believes than what the prevailing Dems believe.

    The real question is whether the Dems make room for moderates in the tent, they have not shown much acceptance for guys such as Joe Lieberman. If there are enough fiscally conservative and socially moderate Dems to bring the part back to center, it will fare better. I haven’t seen enough emerge yet to believe that will happen soon.

    The funny thing is, if Obama bin Biden loses, the Dems still may not be smart enough to see that they are losing because they are too far left, and may go even further left in the next election cycle.

  8. BubbaRich says:


    You want to frame the question differently, but part of what the dems lost that alienated Southerners was good ole-timey racism. If you bring that back in the party, like the quieter racism of the modern GOP, then you could attract more southerners. You might lose some other voters, though.

    What “moderate” positions are you talking about that the dems should take or allow?

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