Neither the country nor the south has become more conservative. However, the south has become a lot more Republican. And that, in a nutshell, is the so-called "Republican revolution."
Friday, October 07, 2005
A closer look at who's shifted
The Conventional Wisdom likes to say that the country has moved to the right in the last decade or two, and that explains the Republican ascendancy. But that explanation obscures the real truth, which is that almost the entire shift in Congress can be attributed to a shift in composition of the Southern delegation (see also part I of this analysis here). That may well be in response to the social and religious issues of the day, which have clearly polarized the whole country, but it's hard not to see that localized change as a rather different phenomenon from a more universal trend! As Chris Bowers puts it,