Your weekly the West is not the South warning
The State of Columbia South Carolina, throw them onto the stack of folks that don't get it.
In addition to the South, Fowler said the party has written off the Rocky Mountain states and “religious” voters.
Let this be a warning to the Southerners flaunting themselves at the regional caucuses, touting their 50-state strategies and "little bit like greens without the cornbread” homespun humor. When you make it out to Sacramento next Saturday, leave your ideas for winning back the South at home, because I for one, don't want to hear them.
The West, for one simple thing, ain't a bunch of Southern Baptists running around with confederate flags on the back of our pickups. Our racists idiots prefer compounds, assault rifles and swastikas to burning crosses and the like.
I could go on and on about how the South is different.
When Democrats talk about a 50-state strategy, they shouldn't be talking about all of the areas in red on the map as being the same place. The Midwest, the South and the West each have reasons why Democrats aren't winning their nationally and very good reasons why some Dems are winning locally.
In the South it might be because George W. Bush has a friend in Jesus and John Kerry is going to hell. In Montana, it may be because it just didn't look right, that shotgun and Kerry together like that. The shotgun and Brian Schweitzer made way more sense.
Your Personal Note:
Absolutely spot on the south is just so much different to the west and midwest. CW concedes the west to the goppers far too easily. Dems CAN win here.
Posted by: Ben D | Jan 17, 2005 3:45:55 AM
Donnie Fowler realizes this as well, which is
why he has a multi-tiered strategy for being
competitive in various regions - esp the West!!
Check out his plan here:
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Posted by: Elizabeth | Jan 17, 2005 8:24:33 AM
I would add that our racists are actually those that complain about treaty rights, much more than white supremecists in compounds.
Posted by: Ralph | Jan 18, 2005 9:03:59 AM
I didn't know where else to put this. I hope you guys check out this op-ed in The Hill written by my next Governor, Rep. Mark Udall (D-CO).
Posted by: Colorado Gringo | Jan 18, 2005 6:29:20 PM
You're right that the South and West are very different, but they also have many similarities, including the most racists who drive around with Confederate flags of anywhere else in the country. Southern evangelicals have much politically in common with Western evangelicals and Mormons as well, including the way they vote (overwhelmingly Republican) and many of the same cutting cultural issues. (It's ironic that evangelicals revile Mormons, while Mormons support Republicans, the Christian rightist party, almost unanimously.)
Good analysis, though.
Posted by: Alex | Mar 18, 2005 6:54:49 PM
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(and yes, we know that sometimes they're very, very wrong. Other times, they're right on.)