In The Land Of Cotton, Antiwar Votes Are Not Forgotten

These are agonizing times to be a Democrat in Dixie. The Persian Gulf War, overwhelmingly opposed by the party on Capitol Hill, has wounded Southern Democratic officeholders. And party leaders' efforts to distract the nation from victory by pushing a liberal social agenda are widening the deep chasm between Southern moderates and the national Democratic Party. Says GOP strategist Haley Barbour: "It's getting really hard for Southern Democrats to hide just how far to the left their party is from the average Southern voter."

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