Election 2008: A closer look at the Southern white vote

As we've noted, the major media's analysis about what the 2008 elections mean for the South has been predictable -- and predictably thin -- so far. Three Southern states helping the nation's first African-American presidential candidate to victory; a dramatic upwelling of voters in the Black Belt; a massive shift of young white Southerners into the Democratic column -- all must be cast aside to preserve the myths of a "sold south"