Richard Nixon
GOP 'Southern strategy' comes to fruition

To the editor: Richard Nixon's Southern strategy is now complete. There will be no Democratic senators from the former Confederacy in the new Senate. The House shows a similar picture. ("Bill Cassidy defeats Democrat Mary Landrieu in Louisiana Senate race," Dec. 6) Because Abraham Lincoln was a Republican, the South was a solid Democratic bastion for 100 years. Then Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act in 1964, knowing full well that doing so would give the South to the GOP. In 1968, Richard Nixon seized the opportunity to welcome the disgruntled "Dixiecrats" into the Republican Party. The transfer is now complete, and unfortunately the political philosophy...