Sen. George Voinovich, R-Ohio, contends that the GOP is too tied to Southern Republicans. Columnist Kathleen Parker, herself a Southerner, agrees. "It is true that the GOP is fast becoming regionalized below the Mason-Dixon, and becoming increasingly associated with some of the South's worst ideas," she wrote. Parker noted a poll showing how only 47 percent of Southerners think Obama was born in America. "Southern Republicans, it seems, have seceded from sanity," she wrote. But she also recalled how the GOP has been pandering to Southerners for decades, noting Nixon's Southern political strategy. "Before the party of the Great Emancipator can rise again," she said, "Republicans will have to face their inner Voinovich and drive a stake through the heart of old Dixie."
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