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  •  Southern economic populism (5+ / 0-)

    You are dead-on correct in that assessment.

    Economic populism is the key to winning -- or at least cutting into -- the Republican hold on the white working class in the South.

    It doesn't have to win over a majority. For instance, if Obama had carried just 36 percent of the white vote in Alabama, he would have won the state.

    It won't be easy. It will take a firebrand candidate who can deliver a populist message and who is immune to the shit that the GOP will throw at him to make him appear weak.

    But it can be done.

    •  I'm seconding this one. (4+ / 0-)
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      Troubadour, quaoar, sagansong, a2nite

      The Dems need to start expanding their base around economic populism.  With the rapidly diminishing effectiveness of bigotry as an organizing tool, the diversification of the US demographic make up, and the increased participation of young people, the dems have some structural issues on their side.  We need to exploit that, beginning in places like Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona, Missouri, and South Carolina, and then blowing up the Nixon southern strategy.

      Howard Dean will always be my president.

      by 4democracy on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 03:06:14 PM PST

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