Updated: Can we puh-lease put the Southern Strategy Wars to bed?

Over at The Gadflyer, where I share a bit of cyber-space with Tom Schaller, who wrote Whistling Past Dixie, the triumphalism has been ridiculous. One Gadflyer, David Lublin, called the election "fierce vindication" for Schaller's analysis.

And here at AlterNet today we have Bob Moser, one of Schaller's sparring partners, saying that Tuesday's results showed "the South -- aka "Jesusland" -- has a message for those national Democratic wizards: No, fuck you."

Am I the only one growing tired of this?

Of course, after a big election win everyone claims that their favorite theories were validated by the results. But the reality is that Tuesday didn't do a thing to validate -- or refute -- Tom's much-debated book.

First, the Dems didn't follow Tom's advice-- they spread the money and resources around as part of Dean's fifty-state strategy.


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