Senator Voinovich: "It's the Southerners"

Well, they're sure to raise eyebrows if not ire in some quarters of the GOP. In comments to the Columbus Dispatch, retiring GOP Senator George Voinovich blames the southern contingent for the GOP's demise.

"We got too many Jim DeMints (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburns (R-Ok.). It's the southerners. They get on TV and go 'errrr, errrrr.' People hear them and say, `These people, they're southerners. The party's being taken over by southerners. What they hell they got to do with Ohio?'"

One Jim DeMint in the Senate is one too many. But's not let leave out James Inhofe of Oklahoma or David Vitter of Louisiana, both are an embarrassment. Until the GOP can resolve the stranglehold that conservative Southerners has on the party, it is likely to remain a regional party.

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Re: "It's the Southerners"

The South has plenty to do with Ohio, which is a state, if not of the Deep South, then at any rate of the Shallow (or Flibbertigibbet) South.  I am glad to know that Senator Voinovich has his limits; there was no evidence hitherto.

by wilhoit 2009-07-27 02:47PM | 0 recs
Re: "It's the Southerners"

Ohio fought with the Union - and there aren't any Congressman like Kucinich below the Mason-Dixon line. I'm not arguing with you, just asking out of curiosity, how do you define "South"?

by Nathan Empsall 2009-07-27 03:04PM | 0 recs
Re: "It's the Southerners"

South of about Canton, OH is pretty much THE SOUTH for all intents and purposes... the only exception being the Southeast portion of Ohio, which is West Virginian and actually has a hint of Democratic tendencies...

by LordMike 2009-07-27 04:31PM | 0 recs
Re: "It's the Southerners"

Southern Ohio is hillbilly country.  That's not really conventional "South" in terms of civil war but Confederate Flags and moonshiners?- they got 'em.

There's some ridiculous movie with Patrick Swayze matter of fact where some Kentucky good ol' boys take their revenge on some big city gangsters from across the border.

by Jess81 2009-07-27 10:25PM | 0 recs
Re: "It's the Southerners"

Voinie is from Northern Ohio...  He was the mayor of Cleveland... the last Republican mayor of the city....

by LordMike 2009-07-28 06:34AM | 0 recs
Why, boy, you forgot a classic son of the South

Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions III, who showed us all that the expression "How white of you" is alive and well in Alabama, during his questioning of soon to be Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court Sotomayor...

by WashStateBlue 2009-07-27 03:02PM | 0 recs
Speaking of Southern A-holes...

And of Jeff Sessions in particular, how does the expression:

The HERITAGE of the law strike you....not the Rule of law, but the Heritage?

http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/07/o pposing-view-a-confirmation-conversion-- nominee-lacks-deep-convictions-needed-to -resist-judicial-activism--by-jeff-sessi on.html

Ah, yes, the wonderful Heritage of Southern Law.

I can smell the burning crosses, the cooling spray of the fire-hoses, and the melodic sounds of the snarling dogs...The good old day, what a Heritage indeed!

by WashStateBlue 2009-07-27 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Why, boy, you forgot a classic son of the Sout

You beat me to the punch with Jeff-Beau Sessions.  He's an embarrassment to Alabama, the South and the United States of America.  

by Mooncat 2009-07-27 07:00PM | 0 recs
Re: Senator Voinovich

Wow, he really said that?  I hope people understand that the accent in question is not exactly unknown in Ohio!

by Steve M 2009-07-27 03:25PM | 0 recs
Only Columbus and southward

And really, that part should have gone with Kentucky.

by JJE 2009-07-27 03:29PM | 0 recs
Re: If I was from Iowa

 I'd be real careful about generalizing from locality. Ohio has more than its share of boneheads, at least as high a percentage of racist christo-fascist rubes as most southern states.

by QTG 2009-07-27 03:27PM | 0 recs
Re: If I was from Iowa

Guilty of the same , if not on the edge ?

I suppose most racist christo-fascist rubes moved from up north down south , and the east coast is an orgy of racial harmony , only Sergeant Crowley lost the memo..

by lori 2009-07-27 03:37PM | 0 recs
Re: If I was from Iowa

 Iowa smells of pig shit, and has the hardest working white farmer population and less than the average meth problem of fly-over states. Very little problem with race relations when compared to liberal elite states.

by QTG 2009-07-27 03:48PM | 0 recs
Re: If I was from Iowa

Let's not forget that voice of the GOP, Joe the Plumber, is from Toledo in the northwestern part of the state.

by Charles Lemos 2009-07-27 06:25PM | 0 recs
Errr, errr

Is that supposed to sound like a southern accent or is it someone trying (and failing) to transcribe "dur, dur"?

by JJE 2009-07-27 03:29PM | 0 recs
I think Senator Voinovich was the ONLY Repub

who voted against the carry and conceal federal law.

Seems like retiring has freed up his dignity and willingness to tell those now running a party to shove it.  Plus, he and the NRA have been going at it for years.

One of the last moderates, leaving soldifying the Republicans as the party of Post-Reagan now in the Sarah Palin era of the Republican party.

You bet'cha, will have to get back to you on that...

by WashStateBlue 2009-07-27 03:39PM | 0 recs
Democrats

I have a hard time caring about the GOP when my own party has the likes of Sen. Baucus of MT trying to screw me over.

by bruh3 2009-07-27 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Senator Voinovich:

I would have loved to have seen video or heard audio of that quote...

by LordMike 2009-07-27 07:46PM | 0 recs

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