you didn't read very carefully. i said right of center in ideology. they often don't vote their ideology. blacks, for instance, tend to be socially conservative yet they vote democrat. they do that because they don't know history and have believed the rewrite of it. southern whites tend to be quite conservative, but vote democrat because this is the party of southern apartheid. Catholics are social conservatives but they vote democrat because they don't get the difference between church charity and government charity. same with the Jewish population. both religions, having been governing bodies as well as religious bodies, have confused the two in our system.
if you just talk to most of these people on issues, they should align with republicans more than democrats. like much of the population, they don't bother to educate themselves past the 6pm news and MSNBC.
Kathy, I'm as strong a conservative, if not more so, than you but I do have to weigh in on these generalizations. Not that you're wrong as the groups you mention, save the southern whites, do historically vote en masse as you say. I know I can speak directly to the southern white as I am a seventh generation Alabamian by birth and my pure highland Scot ancestry makes me as white as they come.
If you were speaking to 20 years ago you would be correct to say that many southern whites remained yellow dog democrats but thanks to a fellow southern white in the form of William Jefferson Clinton the complete and full transition to Republicanism, first began by Ronaldus Magnus in 1980, was completed. The midterm shift in 1994 was far deeper than just a party switch. My own grandparents were of the yellow dog stripe. Yet my own father was the first of my family to become active in the ways of the republican party as early as the election of 1976. My own mother, to my chagrin, proudly makes the claim that her first vote in the state state of Alabama was a vote against George C. Wallace. Now this shift to the dark side way back in the dark days of the southern republican party was not as many would have you believe as support for southern apartheid or Jim Crow but the total polar opposite as my parents and others knew that the ways of the old south were either morally wrong or economically damaging to the region and that the true party of racism holding back the south was in fact the democratic party of old.
Sad to say but ultimately the call to switch was not made from the moral high ground of racial inequality fomented by the party of George Wallace but instead based purely upon the self serving interests of the pocketbook in the form of Bill Clinton's tax increases. Like you us southern republicans are pragmatists and we welcomed these new acolytes with open arms but all the while keeping a very wary eye on them. It's been nearly twenty years now but slowly but surely the weeding process has molded this conversion process by eliminating the weak and raising up the strong all the while knowing that it is the next generation raised up in the ways of the light that are the future. In short the yellow dogs have died off, the blue dogs were finally converted and will eventually be let out to pasture. If you take a look at the next generation, and us southerners measure time in generations, you can already see this happening.
Well I had hoped to address the other groups but I am out of time. Maybe this evening when I have more time I can sit down and ramble on some more.
In the meantime do a google search for the background history of the election of Alabama's first republican governor since reconstruction, Guy Hunt, in 1987. You won't find that the republican Guy Hunt, a small town primitive baptist preacher, led a massive grand sweep for the republican party but instead you will find that the democratic party got Mr Hunt elected. Two names you need to research, the republican cum democorat Charlie Graddick and the party faithful and Wallace protege Bill Baxley. If you follow that study to it's sad conclusion you will see that Alabama politics as played by the democratic side is a knife fight of the worst sort.