Magazine article The American Prospect

Dems in Dixie

Magazine article The American Prospect

Dems in Dixie

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At the blog BOOMAN TRIBUNE, "BooMan" disagrees with JAMELLE BOUIE'S argument that a Democratic resurgence in the South is dependent on minority voters ("Gone With the 2010 Win"): "Southern Democrats can't sit around and wait for demographic changes to turn the South brown enough that they can win elections without white votes. They have to go aggressively after the white voter. The 'centrist' strategy worked for a while, but the 2010 elections cut the Blue Dog Caucus in half. And it is doubtful that they can win those seats back using the old strategies. Democrats need to figure out a way to finance their campaigns that doesn't involve getting in bed with New York bankers and the Chamber of Commerce. If money were no object, it's obvious what the Democrats would do. They'd draw a sharp contrast to the Republicans on pocketbook issues and become true champions of the Southern working man. With nothing left to lose, they should go ahead and do this anyway. If they follow Bouie's advice, the racial divide between the parties will just get worse, and the Republicans will respond by doing their best to set up Jim Crow-style obstacles to Latino voter registration. …

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