Ever wonder what the electoral map would look like if the 15th Amendment had never passed and the Teapublican dream of a world where voting was restricted to only White males ever came true?
This set of maps, published first by Buzzfeed after the 2012 elections, show precisely what happens when you let the Southern Strategy, racist dog-whistles and all, run wild at the voting booths. The results are not pretty: the maps are as red as the Stalin’s brand of fascism, and it’s not just the usual suspects suffering from scarlet fever, either. Blue states like New York, California, and Minnesota – states the Democrats carried in all four of the recent elections since 2000 – are red, too.
The maps go on to highlight how the election would have shaped up with each additional group of people the Republicans are working hard to disenfranchise with their “voter registration” campaigns, from non-White men to everyone, of all races and sexes, above the age of 18.
Ultimately, race is single variable, but the conclusion that Whites would not vote for Obama has more grounding in reality: he got 43% of the White vote in 2008, and 39% of it in 2012. The maps do not account for marital status, religion, and wealth. For instance, 56% of all married couples voted for Romney, while 62% of all single parents voted for Obama. What the maps are very successful at, however, is painting a vivid picture of the Republican and the Tea Party base – a fading base that is fast becoming a new minority party.