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  •  I am arguing that the Catholic vote is no longer (2+ / 0-)
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    "important," the "absolute center" nor one that politicians need to "take heed" of because it is no longer indicative of national voting patterns. Nor is it homogenous enough to be considered "in toto."

    •  in everyday usage (0+ / 0-)

      in everyday usage "important" is quite closely linked to "relevant".

      You represent a line of politics that strictly separates voters and their concerns according to lines of perceived stituational electoral usefullness.

      To you, a California Democrat is the epitome of irrelevancy, a borne-in-the-flash dont-care term, because his vote does not and will not matter in any context.

      That is not my understanding of politics.

      And politics like yours has a long term tendency of invalidating itself. Just ask former Gov Schwarzenegger.  Or Mitt Romney, for that matter.

      •  I don't "represent" anything. (1+ / 0-)
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        It has been the traditional political wisdom to interpret the "Catholic vote" as representative of the national electorate. I'm stating, along with the reasons why, this should no longer be the case. In addition, I think that campaigns no longer need to pander to a "Catholic vote." It would be more useful to understand the "Catholic vote" as separate components which do not vote according to their religious belief.

      •  I don't think that is the point at all. If you (1+ / 0-)
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        have an identifiable "group" and know that 37% will vote GOP, come hell or high water and 49% will vote Dem unless you directly insult them, then this is not where you should spend the bulk of your advertising dollars or campaign energy and activities.

        If that group, in addition, is 20% of the population,then you are looking at 7.4% of the popular vote will vote GOP, 9.8% of the popular vote will vote Dem, and 2.8% are undecided or won't bother to vote at all. How much effort should you devote to trying to sway that 2.8% by attempting to appeal to some group litmus test. The way to approach that 2.8% is not with a campaign aimed at Catholics, but one aimed at them and whatever their issues are.

        That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

        by enhydra lutris on Sun Sep 23, 2012 at 02:49:39 PM PDT

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