California spreading the Blue into the West
This is an interesting video from Peter Leyden of the New Politics Institute. While I cringed every time he said "becoming more like California," at least in migration numbers he has a point.
This hasn't been something we've talked about, but the more migration into urban areas of the West, the better chances Democrats have there, to put it frankly. Between 2000 and 2004, a period when Democrats won more than a few elections in the West, California lost nearly half a million people, most of those going to other places in th West.
Your Personal Note:
He's right. The Sout is a lost cause, it's a funamentlist religion-based conservatism that we can't win without entirely changing what we ae supposed to be about.
Western conservatism is all about freedom of choice and frankly, our pocketbooks. We've lost the West in the past via fiscally irresponsible dems and those seeking to exert too much governmental control over our daily lives. Let's try not to do that this time.
You CAN be a solid Democrat AND be fiscally responsible while not attempting to micromanage the ciizenry.
Posted by: Not Your Mama | Mar 16, 2007 3:51:51 PM
Yikes, typos much there.
Posted by: Not Your Mama | Mar 16, 2007 3:52:37 PM
Can Hillary win these votes though, thats what Im wondering, because it really seems like she's going to be the nominee. Maybe Bill can though.
Ive always thought that the key to the democrats success was to move in a more 'libertarian' direction. Not in as extreme a direction as the libertarian party, but more to a fiscally conservative/socially liberal philosophy. The problem is I think theres alot in the party that are fighting that and actually want to go in a completely different direction to a populist ideology, where you move left economically and play down the social issues. And this is the left that wants this, not the 'blue dog' conservatvies. They think abortion rights etc... is whats keeping them from raising taxes and redistributing wealth.
Richardson is perfect ideologically, but I wonder if him being hispanic would hurt. He's a long shot anyhow I guess.
Posted by: Del | Mar 17, 2007 10:38:33 PM
Y'know, being the nutbunnies we are...I wonder if not looking lke George Clooney won't hurt him more than anything ;).
Seriously though, I'm not anywhere close to certain but to me it's looking like Obama may be the nominee.
Posted by: Not Your Mama | Mar 18, 2007 12:34:58 AM
I am sick and tired of coming onto a site and getting slapped in the face with a demand to download the latest edition of flash - and having my computer tied up for far too long downloading a video.
Not everyone has all the high speed bells and whistles. But I guess to be a liberal you have to have them, eh?
Thanks for nothing.
Posted by: James D Parmenter | Mar 30, 2007 9:53:55 AM
Bill Richardson is certainly the type of western oriented candidate the Democratic party needs. We need the pragmatic priority of tax dollars for healthcare and education, and the enviroment, not costly crusades around the world. At the foreign policy level, the USA has a lot of diplomatic and support responsibilities, but priorities are here too. Latin America is our family and Richardson will not neglect the western hemisphere need for a high quality of life. The Pan-Pacific region is the future for America, and Richardson understands this. Caretaking and raising the ambitions of developing identity in Africa is a hope all Americans should understand, as Western Hemisphere culture is hugely connected to Africa historically. We need to avoid nationalist conflict and seek parity at the UN for all parts of the globe to reduce terrorism and encourage self-determination reign in traditional corporate greed.
Posted by: Alan | Apr 2, 2007 9:26:02 AM
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