Southern Whites for McCainIn most states there's about an 8% male/female party gap, so the numbers suggest that 92% of the white men at the heart of the slave-holding confederacy voted for McCain.
... Alabama 88%
North Carolina 64%
New York 46%
Those white men have had a rough few years.
Five years ago Nascar culture was ascendant. Now Nascar is fading. Five years ago oil was cheaper than water, now we're in Peak Oil land. Four years ago Bush had finished off John Kerry, now Bush is a fading memory.
Two years ago GM's Hummer was selling well, now both GM and its Hummer are dying.
A year ago these men, largely poor and the victims of America's worst schools, held their ethnic identity tight. Now pallor is passe.
A few months ago they were the coddled core of the GOP. In the new electoral map they're irrelevant ...
Well, at least they still have Rush Limbaugh.
Some look on the fallen mighty with undisguised scorn ...
Frank Schaeffer: Sarah Palin Will Never Be President -- Trust Me
... The small smear of red on the otherwise blue electoral map looks more like a minor bloodstain on a dirty Band-Aid than anything resembling a national political party. Who voted for McCain/Palin in bigger numbers than they even voted for Bush/Cheney? Only one shrinking group: uneducated white folks in the deep south and a few folks in Appalachia. Take away the white no-college-backwoods-and/or-southern McCain/Palin vote and the Republicans would have been approaching single digit electoral college oblivion...
... The Republican Party--and I speak as a former lifelong Republican who, up through the 2000 primary campaign supported John McCain and even worked for him by arguing his case on various conservative and religious radio stations--is now the toy of the Rush Limbaugh windbags...
Scorn is never a good idea. It's a particularly bad idea to kick sand on a population with limited education, limited opportunities, deep culture shock, and disproportionate enrollment in the US military. I've been listening to stories of past cultural upheaval; they're enlightening.
Maybe we can't do affirmative action for the southern white male, but we need to keep 'em in mind. They've got a lot to work through, and it would be good to keep 'em out of trouble.
Update 11/20/08: further analysis, via DeLong.