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Page Turners Series: Bob Moser, author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority

Wed April 29, 2009 at LBJ School Bass Lecture Hall

The Center for Politics and Governance will host Bob Moser, editor of The Texas Observer, as he discusses his new book Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority.

More About Blue Dixie

The decline of Dixie Democrats is generally chalked up to the evil genius of the GOP’s “Southern strategists,” who preyed on a simmering cultural backlash in the South. But what really befell Southern Democrats is a far murkier tale. It’s a story that speaks less to the principled nobility of non-Southern liberals than to an uneasy melding of arrogance and willful arrogance.

The Democrats’ abandonment of the South has opened a larger void: 115 million Americans fed a steady political diet of fearmongering, culture warring, tax cutting, and flag-waving, with Republicans broadcasting their message in a virtual echo chamber. By the 2032 elections, the U.S. Census Bureau projects that the South will control almost 40 percent of the electoral vote for president—more than the declining Northeast and Midwest combined. Many parts of the South will also have become “majority minority” by then. Thanks to a thirty-year migration of millions of Yankees, a historic remigration of blacks from the Industrial North, the nation’s fastest-growing Hispanic population, and a generational shift away from religious right politics, Democrats can no longer afford to accept the myth of the red-state South.

--From Blue Dixie 


More About Bob Moser

Bob Moser

Bob Moser became editor of The Texas Observer in October, 2008. Bob cut his journalistic teeth as editor of North Carolina's Independent Weekly, an award-winning alternative paper modeled on the original Observer. After leaving The Independent in 2000, Bob was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University during the 2000-2001 academic year. From 2001 to 2004, he was an award-winning senior writer for the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, reporting on American extremists, particularly the religious right and the anti-immigrant movement. He has freelanced for national publications including Out and Rolling Stone, where he won the 2006 GLAAD Award for best magazine article. Bob's first book, Blue Dixie: Awakening the South's Democratic Majority, was published in August, 2008 by Times Books. From 2005 until he became Observer editor, he wrote and edited for The Nation magazine, where his 2008 election campaign coverage included the series, "Purple America," on the evolving politics of "red" states including Texas.

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