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  •  You Could Have Driven A Few Miles (35+ / 0-)

    and been in my district in Southern Illinois and seen the same thing. I know this area of the nation. Lived in Kansas. Spent a lot of time in Missouri.

    I say it time and time again here, we should be winning these districts.

    Guns are an issue, I will admit. So are some social issues.

    But I can't tell you how as a "hippie liberal" (used to live in a much larger city) I talk to folks and they just agree, agree, and agree with me when I have more than 15 seconds to explain our POV.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 06:33:02 PM PST

    •  Seems to me (20+ / 0-)

      that those S. Illinois districts might be more willing than ever to listen to a non-confrontational, rational discussion about climate change.  Everyone saw the crops last summer. There's also a populist vibe in some of those communities - if they knew more about what Elizabeth Warren actually stands for, and more about sensible regulation of the banks and financial industry, they would probably support it.

      I also think there need to be more religious folks speaking up. Historically, there's always been plenty of that crazy over-the-top Southern Baptist thing which still holds sway in the Ozarks, but on the Illinois side of the river there's a tradition of more rational mainstream Protestantism with big islands of Catholics... S. Illinois was historically an interesting and diverse patchwork of religion and ethnicity.  But we've pretty much ceded religion to the Right.  The Archbishop of Joliet, near Chicago and which covers a lot of the central part of the state, is a guy named Daniel Jenky, and he's probably one of the craziest right-wing nut jobs out of that whole collection of idiots at the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.  I wish there was some way that more mainstream Catholics and even liberal Catholics could push back, because just as the GOP representatives in this area have moved way out to the extreme, so has the religious hierarchy.  They need a challenge.

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Sat Feb 02, 2013 at 11:53:33 PM PST

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