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October 9, 2007

Tom Schaller at DCDL


On Thursday, Oct 25, the DC Chapter of Drinking Liberally is pleased to host Tom Schaller, author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, and co-author of Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-First Century.

We’ll be in our usual spot in the back room of Timberlake’s, 1726 Connecticut Ave NW (Dupont Circle Metro). Just for this evening, we’ll have a slight adjustment in our usual speaker night schedule:

6:30-8 Happy Hour.
8- 8:45 Talk, Q&A.
8:45-? People hang out.

To whet your appetite, here’s a recent Paul Krugman column quoting Prof. Schaller: (NYT)

And yes, Southern white exceptionalism is about race, much more than it is about moral values, religion, support for the military or other explanations sometimes offered. There’s a large statistical literature on the subject, whose conclusion is summed up by the political scientist Thomas F. Schaller in his book ‘’Whistling Past Dixie'’: ‘’Despite the best efforts of Republican spinmeisters to depict American conservatism as a nonracial phenomenon, the partisan impact of racial attitudes in the South is stronger today than in the past.'’

Republican politicians, who understand quite well that the G.O.P.’s national success since the 1970s owes everything to the partisan switch of Southern whites, have tacitly acknowledged this reality. Since the days of Gerald Ford, just about every Republican presidential campaign has included some symbolic gesture of approval for good old-fashioned racism.

More on Tom Schaller:

Dr. Thomas F. Schaller is associate professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is author of Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South, and co-author of Devolution and Black State Legislators: Challenges and Choices in the Twenty-First Century. A bi-weekly political columnist for the Baltimore Sun, Schaller has published commentaries in The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The New York Daily News, Salon, and The American Prospect, and has appeared on ABC News, The Colbert Report, MSNBC, National Public Radio, The Tavis Smiley Show, and C-SPANs Washington Journal. Schaller has given lectures on American politics in India, Italy, Nepal and Turkey on behalf of the U.S. State Department, and is a member of the Sandy
Hillman Award-winning blogging team at TAPPED, the group blog of The American Prospect magazine.


  1. This sounds to me like, “Let’s forget about the South. They’re all racists anyways.” Not only is that myopic in the extreme, but it’s not even remotely based in fact. May I make you aware of the current Republican front-runner in the Louisiana Governor’s race? It’s a dark-skinned Indian fella named Bobby Jindal. The Democrats would be lucky if racism kept some people at home in this race, but it sure doesn’t look like that’s happening.

    You need to wipe the beltway smeg out of your eyes and take another look at what’s happening down here. Maybe, just maybe, the reason you party has done so bad down here lately is the fault of attitudes just like Mr Schiller’s. I can tell you for a fact that many people in Mississippi and Louisiana are already aware of this kind of attitude, and it doesn’t exactly inspire us to vote Democratic. Perhaps you should get in touch with the Hattiesburg chapter of DL(provided you haven’t ignored it out of existence) and see how they feel about Mr. Schiller’s facile write-off.

    Mr. Gunn1:00 pm, October 12

  2. Huh? You’re assuming that this is Prof. Schaller’s point. Wouldn’t it make more sense to ask him if that’s what his intent is? (I’m pretty comfortable in guessing that the answer is “no.”)

    These evenings are meant to be interactive. So, take the opportunity to interact.

    —AltHippo • 1:28 pm, October 12

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