I've been thinking about this for awhile. Pretty much as a block, your classic Southern Democrat became republican (from what I understand). I've noticed that one thing keeps them there: Patriotism. National defense is what they understand the GOP is all for. If you talk with some of these people, they still hold on to the idea that anyone even considering touching education, SS/Medicare, Medicaid, and the innumerable other government assistance programs, is just plain crazy. Anybody else here notice that? Do you think this just happens to be in my area?