The white Southern Democrat — endangered since the 1960s civil rights era — is sliding nearer to extinction.
Democrats didn’t just see most of their recent gains obliterated, they lost at least 19 Southern House members and a senator, Blanche Lincoln (upper photo) of Arkansas.
Even some of the most conservative Democrats such as four-term Congressman Jim Marshall of Georgia and 10-term Congressman Gene Taylor of Mississippi couldn’t withstand the wave.
It also toppled such veterans as John Spratt (center photo) of South Carolina, the 14-term chairman of the House Budget Committee, and 14-term Congressman Rick Boucher (lower photo) of Virginia.
When the new Congress convenes in January, there will be at most 16 white Southern Democratic House members out of 105 seats in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas, Virginia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Two races in Virginia and Kentucky were still too close to call, so the total could be as low as 14.
How much of the 2010 Democrat bloodbath can be blamed on the unbridled arrogance of the Obama-Reid-Pelosi triumvirate will be debated for years.