UPDATE: Tuesday 8 PM
Read Rick Hertzberg's OP Ed in The New Yorker for a suggestion that perhaps it is time to dissolve the union into them and us.
With the news of Arlen Specter switching to the Democratic Party because it has 'moved too far to the right,' it is interesting to note that the GOP has its stronghold in the old Confederacy. Not only there, but in the states 'claimed' by the confederacy- Kentucky, Oklahoma and Missouri. The color red below indicates that the state has 2 GOP senators. Purple indicates one of two.
South Carolina, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Missouri
In that there are only 40 GOP senators, the states above have 22 of them, suggesting that the Old Confederacy is the base of the Republican Party these days. God, guns and gays and whites pretty much sums up today's GOP.
America is changing, moving away from those old canards that used to dupe the public. Today that nonsense is only effective on the less-educated sector of the population, the rest of America has moved on. Today's Republican Party fits well with the spirit and values of the southern plantation owner of yesteryear. Those plantations are gone and the mansions stand empty, but the 'dream' lingers on.