The New Yorker has a provocative story out in which it asks whether the American South is once again becoming politically isolated from the rest of the U.S.
It notes that on the recent “fiscal cliff” vote, most House Republicans outside the South voted in favor of the bill, while House Republicans from the South voted overwhelming against it. (The Los Angeles Times also looked at this regional split.)
The story goes on to observe that for a time, the South seemed to be becoming more integrated into American society — with a string of presidents (Carter, Bush 41, Clinton, Bush 43) who were either from the South or at least lived in the South (Bush 41).
But now, the New Yorker says:
Now the South is becoming isolated again. Every demographic and political trend that helped to reëlect Barack Obama runs counter to the region’s self-definition: the emergence of a younger, more diverse, more secular electorate, with a libertarian bias on social issues and immigration; the decline of the exurban life style, following the housing bust; the class politics, anathema to pro-business Southerners, that rose with the recession; the end of America’s protracted wars, with cuts in military spending bound to come. The Solid South speaks less and less for America and more and more for itself alone.
There’s even a brief reference to Roanoke in it.
You can find the story here.
Let us know what you think.