Originally Posted by Prison Bitch
Wow, I see someone wasn't following politics when he was Prez. He was a major gun grabber when he got in, and the NRA ate his lunch in 1994. Thereby losing the South permanently for his Party. Bill never liked guns. Was never a hunter. That's a simple and obvious fact.
errr....the South was lost to the Democrats long before that.
How Democratic was the "Solid South". Pretty freaking Democratic. Here's the 1956 Election results. Those red states -- they're voting for Adlai Stevenson over the reelection of Dwight David Eisenhower.
Fast forward 8 years later (post Civil Rights Act) and the election of 1964, where LBJ (a southerner from Texas) trounces arch-conservative Republican Barry Goldwater.
Don't ask me why red is Democrat and blue is Republican, btw...
Anyway, you can look at most election maps and see the same thing pre/post Civil Rights Act. Solid South is pretty solidly Democrat pre-CRA, and solidly Republican post-CRA.