SCENE: Avery LIBRELLE is waiting at the light rail station on University Avenue.
Seeing Mitch Berg driving past, LIBRELLE leaps and, incredibly, sails through BERG’s passenger side window and lands sitting upright in BERG’s passenger seat.
BERG: What the…
LIBRELLE: Hahahahahahahahaha, Merg! You and your conservative teabagger friends “won” the South! Now, you can keep it?
BERG: Um, right. Mary Landrieu lost, leaving not a single Democratic Senator, Governor or Democrat-controlled Legislative chamber in the entire old Confederacy.
LIBRELLE: Yeah! You got all the racists! The journey you started in 1968, when you inherited all the racists with Nixon’s “Southern Strategy”, is complete! You guys got the KKK vote!
BERG: You’re still babbling about the so-called “Southern Strategy?”
LIBRELLE: Yes! The racists, upset about the Civil Rights Act, all voted GOP!
BERG: OK – let’s accept for a moment purely for sake of argument that the South is more “racist” than the rest of the country – which is deeply debatable, but again, it’s for argument’s sake – and that people vote first and foremost over racial issues.
LIBRELLE: Yep. Absolutely!
BERG: OK. So the South voted for Nixon – but then, so did Vermont and California and, in 1972, Michigan, New York State, and even ultraliberal Minnesota. So they’re all racists, too, right?
LIBRELLE: The South were voting their consciences, though!
BERG: Were they indeed?
LIBRELLE: Even though these rhetorical questions of your always end up with me falling into a trap that makes me look stupid and uninformed, I’ll say “hell yeah!”
BERG: OK – so the Democrats controlled every single southern Congressional delegation until 1994. And the GOP didn’t win a majority of southern Governor’s offices, to say nothing of state legislatures, until well into the 2000s.
By the way – the Klan hasn’t been a factor in Southern Politics since the sixties, maybe the seventies at the very latest. So it would be more realistic to say that Republicans oversaw the extinction of mainstream racism in the Deep South.
(BERG’s car pulls up to stoplight. LIBRELLE steps out, walks between traffic to nearest train station).
BERG: Avery? Avery?