Leftist voices are triumphantly ridiculing the Nixonian "Southern Strategy" (actually the Goldwaterite strategy) which they believe will permanently lock the GOP into a minority party, guaranteeing Dem presidential election wins into the foreseeable future.
Others, like Earl Ofari Hutchinson sees Romney's pick of Paul Ryan (from Wisconsin!), as a not so subtle appeal to the old "dog whistle' Southern Strategy "Romney and Ryan, like Reagan, rip a page directly from the time tested Southern Strategy playbook of Richard Nixon for GOP presidential candidates. The strategy has always had two prongs. One is to toss out wink and nod racial code word shots at liberals, bloated, overbearing big government, and tax and spend Democrats."
This minority status for the apparently red-neck Republican low lives, is some sort of karma for ongoing racism, especially against the beloved Barack Obama. This leftist hate has now reached the point where some are calling for the South to be kicked out of the union!
Leaving the depths of "progressive" belligerence and stupidity aside, there is of course validity in questioning the Southern Strategy. Whether the Republican appeal to the conservative, evangelical and agricultural portion of the population is, ethical, moral and a viable strategy in the Electoral College is a vital consideration.
Not only is it viable it is in fact, on current polling, about 2 percentage points in Ohio from electing Mitt Romney to the presidency. The map below shows what could very likely be the result on November 6th and if not then it could be the result in 2016.
In the latter year there will not be a president running for re-election with all the benefits that brings to the party in power usually. Therefore, if Romney keeps within a couple of points or so of President Obama in Ohio, the state is eminently winnable in 2016.
If Ohio's 18 Electoral College votes are added to the mass support for the GOP in the South and Midwest, then, rather than a permanent Democratic Party majority, there is just as much possibility for their being a permanent Republican Party majority. The Southern Strategy has the benefits of not relying on, or being affected by, the growing Hispanic vote (New Mexico/Nevada/ are nor required) nor the Black vote.
Not that any increase from a growing Black or Hispanic population wouldn't be welcomed by the GOP of course.
The Southern Strategy is not reliant, apart from Florida to a degree, on either the Black or Hispanic voting population, so the leftist theme that "demographics will see the end of the GOP" concept is faulty, and in fact racist and paternalistic.
Whatever historical validity there may have been in the concept that the GOP deliberately appealed to anti-Black elements in the South in the past is outdated.
The modern Southern strategy is ethical, moral and in the best interest of America for Whites, Blacks, Hispanics-everyone, ("the business of America is business") and is based on economics: "In later decades, some analysts made the argument that Southern whites' move to the Republican Party had more to do with whites' voting for their economic interests than racism. Clay Risen wrote in a review of The End of Southern Exceptionalism, a scholarly work by Richard Johnston and Byron Shafer, "from a backward region to an engine of the national economy, giving rise to a sizable new wealthy suburban class. This class, not surprisingly, began to vote for the party that best represented its economic interests: the G.O.P."
No Republican has been elected without winning Ohio, and that may once again be the case this year. If it is, then with the map below pointing the way, the entire effort, resources, money and possibly the VP candidate
should be centered on, and from Ohio, in 2016. The other benefit for the GOP would be that since there is no need to appeal to states outside the South and Midwest, a genuinely conservative presidential candidate can be chosen.
Thus the divisions in the party that the candidacies of e.g. Dole, McCain and Romney have caused would be avoided, which is an ideal scenario for a Palin candidacy in 2016.
In this scenario the only marginal states for the GOP are Ohio, Iowa, Virginia and Florida-all "Bush" states,
with Colorado being a further possibility (and New Hampshire) and a substitute for Iowa, but not required