The incumbency factor is huge in US Congressional races.
For the most part, Southern Democrats didn't get voted out. They either switched parties or retired and were replaced by Republicans.
There were also a bunch of new Congressional seats allocated to the south due to population growth. Apart from the minority-majority seats, most of those new seats went to Republicans.
I may be over simplifying, but it wasn't that long ago (1950s) that Republicans were the party for affirmative action and racial justice. It was a tradition going back to Lincoln.
All that switched with Kennedy and Johnson in the 60's.
It has just taken awhile for the old guard Southen Democrats to either switch parties or die.
Okay, before this thread this is what I knew about Tish, zip, zero, nada.
I now know that Tish is a heavily armed, black, bi-sexual, truck driving woman who likes going to the clubs.
I don't think I learned this much about Tom in six months let alone one post. - Boldido
I'm begining to like Tish more and more, that's what I know. - cable guy
"We were forced to build America, and if forced to, we will tear it down." Huey P. Newton
I haven't been able to find any evidence of it but considering Lee Atwater's comments and Johnson's own "We just lost the south for a generation" it seems pretty likely.
Barry Goldwater, who is now remembered as The Last Good Conservative in the mythos of the Aemrican left, ran on a platform of opposing the CRA.
David Brin, who describes himself as a libertarian but is a long, long way from the current Libertarian Party on most policy issues, regularly praises Goldwater. So does celebrity atheist Ed Brayton.
By his death he had pretty well completely distanced himself from the Republican Party because it had become so extreme he considered himself a liberal within the party.
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