POLITICS: New Shoots in the Old South

Ever since Reconstruction, the Democratic South has been the solidest political rock in the U.S. Crushed beneath the rock, the Southern Republican Party has been little more than a collection of private clubs largely run by hard-shelled political opportunists with one aim in mind: to keep the party small so they could control it and reap the patronage rewards in the years when the G.O.P. was in power in Washington. Last year, the Eisenhower landslide ripped wide cracks in the Democratic rock. The biggest political news in the U.S. this week is...

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