Being a lifelong southerner it becomes my duty to point something out to you guys. The education system in the south isn't as good as it is in the rest of the nation. We should feel sorry for the people who are featured in the recent South Carolina video which has been posted on the Randi Rhodes site. We shouldn't laugh and pick at them for their ignorance - that stinks of elitism. We must remember that is wasn't just the college graduate labor organizers who made the labor movement what it was and is, it was also uneducated hard working Americans.
Randi, please focus on the ignorance (it's not stupidity because they can't do anything about the way they were raised and educated) and poverty which exists in the south. A lot of southern baby boomers are from the first and second generation to have indoor plumbing. I had an uncle who had an outhouse until the mid-nineties. The people of the south could be a major progressive force if someone would talk to them and explain how they have been brainwashed by Fox news and how they are being used by corporate America as a trusted voting block. Someone needs to reach out to these people, you wouldn't believe how open they are to ideas once you befriend them and don't look down on them for their ignorance. After speaking with one guy that I know for months (this is a guy who voted for George Wallace in Alabama back in the day) I have convinced him that global warming is a serious problem, but they don't hear this information because they have been left behind technologically and because everyone has turned their back on them except for Fox news, corporate America, and the Republican party.
I used to be a Republican because I had been brought up to think a certain way, but once I went to college I learned that 90 percent of the things I had heard were wrong. The Democratic party needs a long term "southern strategy." Populism works in the south and the Republicans have figured that out.
Check out the education stats of the south here: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
Just roll your pointer over the states and look at how southern states compare to the rest of the nation. All of the deep south states perform worse than the national average except for North Carolina and Tennessee in mathematics.