Friday, February 22, 2008

NY Times Ignorant that Eisenhower Carried Southern States

The New York Times is apparently not aware that Dwight Eisenhower carried southern states including four former Confederate states.

Printed in The New York Times Magazine Sunday, December 30, 2007, the obituary by Rick Perlstein regarding Harry Dent included “The idea of a Southern state delivering its electoral votes to [Republican] ‘the party of Lincoln’ would have seemed outrageous before the 1960s”.

See “The Southern Strategist” “He showed Republicans how to win Dixie” at

In 1952, even though the Democratic ticket was Adlai Stevenson for President and for Vice-President avowed segregationist Senator John Sparkman of Alabama, Republican candidate Dwight Eisenhower won the former confederate states of: Virginia, Florida, and Texas as well as Tennessee, Missouri, Maryland, Delaware, and Oklahoma.

In 1956, Eisenhower did even better carrying all the states noted above except Missouri and adding the former confederate state of Louisiana as well as Kentucky and West Virginia defeating the Stevenson- Kefauver Democratic ticket. The electoral vote was 457 to 73.

How such ignorance can be published in the New York Times is truly mindboggling.


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