Liberal bloggers are trying to understand a recent poll, above, that showed an alarming proportion of Southerners believe Barack Obama is not American or are unsure. Dave Weigel crunched those poll numbers to deduce that "the proportion of white Southern voters with doubts about their president's citizenship may be higher than 70 percent," though he concedes the smaller sample size would lead to a higher margin of error. A similar poll, to be released tomorrow, reports only 32% of Virginians believe Obama to be American.
The crazy South. Steve Benen wrote, "Outside the South, this madness is gaining very little traction, and remains a fringe conspiracy theory. Within the South, it's practically mainstream." Matt Yglesias suggested that Republicans are "trying to get non-southern whites to act more like southern whites." Salon's Alex Koppelman argued that Southern Republicans are inherently further right than the rest of the party, writing, "The Republican Party has a Southern problem: It's been largely pushed out of other regions, and has become dominated by Southerners who are pushing the party even further to the right in what's become a downward spiral."