**Update: Kevin Levin points out Sullivan has attempted to clarify his previous statement linked below but, as Kevin points out, only digs in deeper. But, again, David Blight has expressed the same sentiments and he gets a pass. How come?
The battle-hardened veterans of the military favor Mitt Romney over Barack Obama by a huge margin, 66% to 22%, according to an October poll conducted by the Military Times -- and the two issues most important to the voters were the economy and the character of the candidate. 66% of respondents said that either the economy or the character of the candidate was the deciding issue. (Story here.)
While the unhinged left blames
As Kevin Levin points out:
According to Andrew Sullivan, the Confederacy lives or at least the racism that pervaded those specific states during the Civil War era and it may decide the 2012 election.
But it's not just "according to Andrew Sullivan." Kevin forgot to mention one of his favorite historians, Professor David Blight, who has pretty much said the exact same thing:
The conservative movement in America, or at least its most radical wing, seems determined to repeal much of the 20th century and even its constitutional and social roots from the transformative 1860s. The Civil War is not only not over, it can still be lost.And . . .
Indeed, yesterday’s secessionists and today’s nullifiers have much in common. Both are distinct minorities who have suddenly seized an inordinate degree of power..And. . .
Why doesn't the Confederacy just fade away? Is it because we are irresistibly fascinated by catastrophic loss? Or is it something else? Is it because the Confederacy is to this day the greatest conservative resistance to federal authority in American history?
As I've pointed out on scores of occasions, much of modern WBTS historiography is viewed through the worldview of the left, which is why they continue to have so little influence on public opinion regarding the Civil War:
Asked their impression of the main cause of the Civil War, a 48%-plurality of Americans say it was mainly about states' rights. Just 38% say the Civil War was mainly caused by slavery. Another 9% volunteer that it was about both equally. Young people are more likely than older Americans to say that the war's main cause was states' rights -- 60% of those younger than age 30 express this view, the highest percentage of any age group. Those ages 65 and older, by a 50%-to-34% margin, are the most likely to say that slavery rather than states rights was the main cause of the Civil War. Nearly half of whites (48%) say states' rights was the war's main cause, but so do 39% of blacks. (Source: Pew Research, April 8, 2011)
Kevin further observes:
[Sullivan] feeds what I call the “Continued War” narrative that is so popular with the mainstream media. It’s a reductionist explanation that pits Northerners vs. Southerners and blacks vs. whites.
But isn't that precisely the same thing Blight is doing? Please, explain any difference. Oh, I know, Blight's an "objective professional." Uh-huh. He is certainly well-respected in academic circles and seen as the model for modern Civil War perspective. So how come Sullivan gets called out and Blight gets a pass?
Moreover, if Obama's problems are about race in the South, then how do you explain Florida Congressman Allen West, one of the most popular political figures in the South and the Tea Party (and a man I'd like to see run for President)? How do you explain South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley? How do you explain Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal? How do you explain South Carolina Congressman Tim Scott, another Tea Party favorite? And how do you explain former Alabama Democrat Congressman Artur Davis who was once an Obama supporter but has switched parties and endorsed Mitt Romney?'s It's easy - it's their conservative principles, not the color of their skin.
In the left's bubble, Obama's problems certainly couldn't have anything at all to do with the fact that his administration is demonstrably the worst in modern history. Academia's savior is an epic failure, yet they grasp at straws and blame the old Confederacy and racism. They simply can't face the truth that Obama is the god that failed and their progressive ideology had a head-on collision with reality. What insipid little minds inhabit the left.