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  • Adored in small towns, Bill Clinton stumps for his wife

    05/02/2008 12:56:14 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 174+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/2/8 | CHARLES BABINGTON, Associated Press Writer
    Apex, N.C. (AP) -- People who suggest Bill Clinton might be hurting his wife's presidential bid more than helping it haven't spent much time in the small towns where he draws adoring crowds of Democrats who wish he could serve a third term. While the former president has angered some blacks with his comments about race, many voters in North Carolina, Indiana and elsewhere express deep affection for him, the last Democrat to occupy the White House in nearly three decades. They often cite him as the main reason for supporting Hillary Rodham Clinton over Barack Obama. Surely in the...
  • Who’s Bitter Now? (Social Issues are the Opiate of the Elites not Small Town America)

    04/17/2008 7:22:42 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 18 replies · 229+ views
    New York Times ^ | 17 April 2007 | LARRY M. BARTELS
    Last week in Terre Haute, Ind., Mr. Obama explained that the people he had in mind “don’t vote on economic issues, because they don’t expect anybody’s going to help them.” He added: “So people end up, you know, voting on issues like guns, and are they going to have the right to bear arms. They vote on issues like gay marriage. And they take refuge in their faith and their community and their families and things they can count on. But they don’t believe they can count on Washington.” This is a remarkably detailed and vivid account of the political...
  • Obama Shoots Himself in the Foot...Again

    04/16/2008 10:12:50 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 61+ views ^ | 04.14.08 | Staff Editorial
    Well, he's done it again. Barak Obama has inadvertently parted the curtain and allowed us to have a peek behind his carefully crafted stage persona. Yet he even outdid himself this time, when he showed his disdain for people of faith as well as gun owners, deriding both groups as "bitter" while clearly characterizing them as weak and misguided. Starting in the 1960's the Democratic party abandoned its roots as "the party of the working man." It is now run by arrogant elitists like Michel Moore who see people who actually go to church as rubes, and gun owners as...
  • Barack Obama to Rural Voters: I Can’t Believe in You

    04/15/2008 12:09:05 PM PDT · by vietvet67 · 30 replies · 429+ views
    Townhall ^ | April 15, 2008 | Mary Katharine Ham
    Perhaps the greatest lesson to be learned by Democrats from this week’s “bitter” brouhaha is that when you get advice about how to hook rural, white, blue-collar voters from a guy named Mudcat, you’d best listen. Dave “Mudcat” Saunders—Democratic strategist, bluegrass enthusiast, and general pied piper of the “Bubba vote,” as he calls it—had a little-noticed fight with liberal bloggers back in June 2007 that perfectly presaged this week’s controversy. “I have bitched and moaned for years about the lack of tolerance in the elitist wing of the Democratic Party, or what I refer to as the ‘Metropolitan Opera Wing.’...
  • People who cling to guns vote, too

    04/15/2008 5:42:41 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 36 replies · 132+ views
    People who cling to guns vote, too By: Roger Simon April 15, 2008 06:57 PM EST Barack Obama thought he was among friends. That was his problem. He is an urban sophisticate, and he was talking to other urban sophisticates. He was in San Francisco last week explaining at a closed-door fundraiser how the rubes of small-town America often do foolish, misguided things when the economy turns bad. “It’s not surprising that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigration sentiment or anti-trade sentiment,” the golden-tongued orator from Illinois...
  • Hicks nix clique's shticks

    04/12/2008 8:29:57 AM PDT · by moderatewolverine · 37 replies · 46+ views
    The Corner at National Review ^ | April 12, 2008 | Mark Steyn
    I'm about done with Obama over this mill-closures-drive-small-town-losers-to-guns-and-God business. If you're running as a glamorous blank slate on which people project their own utopian fantasies, you've got to be very careful not to give the game away - especially when the game turns out to be the usual cliched elite disdain for the great unwashed. I mention in the current issue of NR how odd it is that Michelle Obama is in many ways more condescending on the stump than Teresa Heinz Kerry. Now her husband's at it, too. As Ed Driscoll says: Leave it to Obama to make John...
  • Rural voters feel alienated by GOP

    06/10/2007 9:58:25 PM PDT · by Politicalmom · 32 replies · 1,208+ views
    The ^ | June 11, 2007 | WAYNE WASHINGTON
    Poll shows Republicans need to work hard to bring longtime constituents back to the fold Republicans have lost significant support among rural voters over the past three years. But the GOP still plows a fertile field in its efforts to regain rural support. That’s the central conclusion of a national poll of rural voters conducted by the Center for Rural Strategies and scheduled for release today. “There is no realignment of rural voters,” said Bill Greener, a communications specialist whose GOP media firm, Greener and Hook, paired with the Democratic research firm of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner to conduct the survey....
  • Perry's road revolution could take electoral toll

    08/20/2006 1:54:13 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 118 replies · 1,175+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | August 20, 2006 | Ben Wear
    Governor emphasis on tollways, private road-builders has generated urban and rural unrest Rick Perry's political problem with transportation, to the extent that he has one, may be that he's trying to douse a fire in 2006 that won't ignite for another 10 to 20 years. His critics say, no, the problem is that Perry wants to charge us for the water. What isn't in dispute is that the Republican governor and his appointees over the past six years have turned Texas transportation on its head, moving the state from financing public roads solely with taxes to a system that would...
  • Clinton Speaks of Ways to Revitalize Rural America

    08/01/2006 12:47:26 AM PDT · by neverdem · 58 replies · 1,124+ views
    NY Times' Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | August 1, 2006 | RAYMOND HERNANDEZ
    CAMBRIA, N.Y., July 31 — Reaching out to rural voters in New York and elsewhere in the nation, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton called on Monday for increasing federal support for struggling farm communities to revitalize rural America. In a speech delivered on a 152-year-old family farm, Mrs. Clinton called for major federal investments to expand broadband Internet access in rural communities, promote the development of alternative fuel sources like corn-based ethanol and encourage medical school graduates to practice in agricultural areas. “We can build a new rural future,’’ Mrs. Clinton said, after listing economic problems that she said have led...
  • THE GREAT DIVIDE [puritan v agrarian republicans]

    05/26/2006 9:26:32 AM PDT · by tpaine · 24 replies · 381+ views
    Bernard Levine Website ^ | Bernard Devine
    THE GREAT DIVIDE Ever since its first European settlements, in the early 1600s, America developed as two completely different republics. We have been politically divided ever since, and will always remain so. This is because our two founding republican traditions are both opposite and irreconcilable. On one side of the divide were the agrarian republicans like Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. They gave us the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, with their foundation stones of equal creation, personal freedom, and the inalienable rights of every citizen. Theirs was a republic of innate virtue, where crime and vice were nothing...
  • The one thing Dems can't fake with the voters

    08/13/2005 4:32:34 PM PDT · by new yorker 77 · 32 replies · 1,209+ views
    The Pahrump Valley Times ^ | August 12, 2005 | John Brummett
    The only Democrat to unseat a Republican member of the U.S. Senate in the last two cycles - Mark Pryor of Arkansas - told a gathering of frustrated centrist Democrats a couple of years ago that one of his out-of-state consultants did some research and concluded that Pryor ought to talk about his religious faith in every speech. Pryor said he was wholly comfortable doing that, and pretty much did so. He also ran a television commercial showing his family with bowed heads around the dinner table. He earned 54 percent of the vote while Democrats were getting their clocks...
  • Gun ownership becomes issue for Democrats

    06/24/2005 4:16:43 PM PDT · by jeepgal · 40 replies · 918+ views
    BAKER CITY (AP) — A group of rural Democrats is hoping state Democrats will agree to add more explicit support of the right to bear arms to the official party platform. The gun control issue costs them dearly at election time in parts of Eastern Oregon, Baker County Democrats said. The county party has drafted a resolution that it hopes will be taken up at the state party platform committee when it meets this weekend in West Linn. The resolution states, in part, “The Democratic Party of Oregon resolves as follows: To recognize and support the right to keep and...
  • Hunting Bubba (Dems hunt for rural voters)

    06/11/2005 4:49:13 AM PDT · by Pokey78 · 18 replies · 957+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 06/20//05 | Matt Labash
    Can political consultants Dave "Mudcat" Saunders and Steve Jarding win rural voters back to the Democratic party? Roanoke, Virginia "YOU'RE SLOWER than cream rising on s--. Haul ass down here so we can get this piece knocked out, Brotha!" As I barrel down I-81 in Virginia's Blue Ridge country, Dave "Mudcat" Saunders is growling on the other end of the line. He first entered my consciousness in the summer of 2003, like some force of nature sent my way by the Color Gods of Feature Writing.Back then, I was one of a group of short-straw reporters assigned to cover Bob...
  • Toeing the Borderline

    05/15/2005 8:07:17 AM PDT · by Nick Thimmesch · 11 replies · 358+ views
    CQ ^ | 5-13-05 | Craig Crawford
    Toeing the Borderline By Craig Crawford, CQ Columnist Immigration is the next big thing in political hot buttons, but who wins and who loses? Both parties are divided within their own ranks on how to position themselves for maximum advantage on an issue that is rising quickly toward the social and political surface. Both sides agree it could be a deciding factor in many races in next year’s midterm election.
  • Toeing the Borderline

    05/14/2005 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Conservative Firster · 37 replies · 921+ views
    CQ WEEKLY ^ | May 16, 2005 | By Craig Crawford
    Immigration is the next big thing in political hot buttons, but who wins and who loses? Both parties are divided within their own ranks on how to position themselves for maximum advantage on an issue that is rising quickly toward the social and political surface. Both sides agree it could be a deciding factor in many races in next year’s midterm election. “It is the strongest issue out there for the blue-collar white males,” says Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a Virginia-based Democratic consultant who is co-author of an upcoming book, “Foxes in the Henhouse,” which will suggest ways his party can...
  • Reid: Democrats failed to take message to rural America, Nevada

    02/23/2005 6:28:48 PM PST · by NCjim · 67 replies · 1,038+ views
    Associated Press ^ | February 23, 2005 | SCOTT SONNER
    RENO, Nev. (AP) - Sen. John Kerry lost the presidential election partly because Democrats "neglected rural America," Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said Wednesday. "I think around the country people just thought they could win in the cities," the Nevada Democrat told The Associated Press. Reid said he expects new Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean to help reverse that trend, especially in the South and West, and he predicted Democrats will close the gap Republicans hold in the Senate in the off-year elections. "We are going to pick up Senate seats in 2006, it's only a question of how many,"...
  • Dean, Other DNC Chair Candidates Campaign for South's Endorsement

    01/08/2005 4:03:15 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 732+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 8, 2005 | Harry R. Weber
    COLLEGE PARK, Ga. (AP) - Seven candidates for chairman of the Democratic National Committee promised Saturday to address the concerns of Southern voters, saying they had learned the lessons of the past two elections. "You want to know my Southern strategy, show up," said Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who dropped out of the presidential race during last year's Democratic primaries. Dean and the other candidates seeking to replace Terry McAuliffe as the face of the Democratic Party spoke before a Southern audience at the first of several regional caucuses to give Democratic Party officials a chance to hear...
  • Downstate voters put moral decline first [ 'Aw, shucks' voters in IL voted Bush]

    12/20/2004 4:10:18 AM PST · by johnny7 · 14 replies · 668+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | December 20, 2004 | By JAN DENNIS
    Some say Bush's showing signals a right turn in southern IllinoisDECATUR - Retired factory worker Jake Durbin worries that America's values are slipping away faster than the thousands of manufacturing jobs that have vanished from this one-time blue-collar stronghold. "Even the commercials are X-rated. It's ridiculous. People are just tired of it," says the 74-year-old from Decatur.That's why he sided with Republicans on abortion and other moral issues, helping President Bush coast to a nine-point win over John Kerry in historically Democratic Macon County. The central Illinois county voted against Bush four years ago and lost more than 3,700 manufacturing...
  • Dems need rural whites

    12/05/2004 1:32:26 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies · 869+ views
    As the new year approaches, major questions loom for Georgia's two dominant political parties. Both have little time — and control of state government at stake. For Republicans, it's how to govern. Glenn Richardson (R-Dallas), who will be speaker of the Georgia House next year, has begun to lay the groundwork. Fewer bills will pass and the ones that do will be judged on four points, he said. Among them: Whether they reduce the size of government, strengthen the traditional family, lower the tax burden or increase personal responsibility. "Unless proposed legislation answers yes to one of these questions, it...
  • How Bush Camp Won Ohio

    11/19/2004 6:25:33 AM PST · by harpu · 42 replies · 2,798+ views
    WSJ ^ | 11/19/04 | JEANNE CUMMINGS
    A close analysis of Ohio, which turned out to be the key swing state in the presidential election, shows that President Bush won thanks to a pitch on morals that went beyond evangelicals to Roman Catholics, a strong effort to turn out rural voters and a last-minute tax break for farmers, small businesses and families.