I saw this on ABC’s This Week:
During this Sunday’s edition of ABC’s This Week, Daily Beast writer Andrew Sullivan claimed that if Republican nominee Mitt Romney wins back Florida and Virginia in the upcoming 2012 presidential election, especially due to the white vote, then the South’s electoral map will look exactly like the pro-slavery United States Confederacy during the Civil War.
My immediate reaction to it was that to Mr. Sullivan Indiana must not exist. Indiana went for Bush in 2004, for Obama in 2008, and in all likelihood will go for Romney in 2012. I would go so far as to say that I cannot imagine Virginia being carried by Romney without Indiana being carried by Romney. I also would find it surprising if Virginia and Indiana could be carried by Romney without Ohio being carried by him, too.
So, if Florida and Virginia are carried by Romney (without Indiana, Ohio, and maybe even Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Iowa being carried by Romney), it’ll be exactly like the Confederacy. Except for being completely different.
That reminds me of a story I may have told here before. A man moved to a small town in Maine when he was just 8 weeks old. He lived in that small Maine town all of his life, never going more than five miles out of town. When he died at 90 they put on his tombstone: “He was almost one of us”.