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The question of the last five decades for Democrats has been: "How do we get working-class and middle-class white people to vote for their own best economic interests without tossing women, people of color, and non-straight folks off the sled?" As we saw yet again in Kentucky last fall, when the vile Matt Bevin ran on a platform of screwing over average Kentuckians while cuddling up to Kim Davis in photo-ops, the answer is: "You can't." Because of nearly fifty years of the Southern Strategy, most white Americans associate government and the Democrats with helping people they see as undeserving - Blacks, Latinos, LGBTQs, women - and doing so at the expense of nice deserving white men. These people vote Republican now as a direct result of this. Look at Wisconsin. That state has been flipped into GOP territory even though it once had lots of union jobs and union members. Now it's rapidly devolving into a cold Kentucky, even as Minnesota - which has managed to stave off the Southern Strategy thanks to having lots of Scandi- descended folk who know we need government to if nothing else keep the roads plowed in winter - is prospering. The only thing for it is to fight to keep what we have and wait for people of color to grow in number and clout to finally take the reins of power, which will happen in another decade or so. (It would have already happened now if not for extreme gerrymandering and voter suppression laws, and both tactics are being fought in court with increasing success.) We've tried the old Leninist heighten-the-contradictions trick of making things really bad in the hopes that the (white) masses will finally rise up and get behind the lefty progressives (i.e., Teddy Kennedy primarying a sitting president knowing that he was handing the 1980 election to Reagan, or Nader openly boasting he wanted to see Bush win in 2000 and castigating Bernie last year for running as a Democrat instead of third-party so a Republican could win). But the Southern Strategy trumps heighten-the-contradictions every time. Better to go after single women of all ethnicities, or Latinos, or Asians. They're all easier to reach, and they're all growing in number and percentage of the population.
And by the way, what Tom Hilton said was and is absolutely spot-on true: "@delong What @GlennKesslerWP means by "tough on all sides": for each real GOP lie he has to find a Dem statement he can construe as false." With Brother Froomkin gone, Greg Sargent currently (and uneasily, as we have seen just today) occupies the WaPo's Token Truth-Teller post -- everyone else there, Kessler included, must conform to Fred Hiatt's neocon dictates.
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The WaPo jumped the shark when they forced out Brother Froomkin and hired Ben Domenech. I was wondering when they would force Sargent to toe the neocon line.
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Marcy Wheeler and TBogg also are giving Kessler and the Washington Post the mockery they deserve. Ms. Wheeler's attack stung so hard that Kessler himself showed up in the comments to whine about it! (And the other commenters, who are generally far, far smarter than Kessler ever will be, just shred him into tiny bits.)
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What is it with Minnesota Republicans and insulting our neighbor states? Matt Dean just flapped his lips to attack North Dakota's State Capitol Building (, which to my eyes is a perfectly good building reminiscent of St. Paul's City Hall -- and everyone knows that that edifice, particularly its interior featuring the Vision of Peace, is simply stellar.
That's priceless. Nice way for the state potty chair -- oops, I meant PARTY chair -- to ingratiate himself with the persons of another state. Oh, wait, that was actually intended for the fine folks of Moorhead and Dilworth? A goodly number of whom are college students and may even follow current events? Even better.
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Dec 13, 2010