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  •  This is a very interesting diary! (4+ / 0-)

    I really like these local analysis diaries, because they're good at explaining why different areas tend to produce different sorts of politicians. I expected Pelosi to be considered moderate by San Francisco standards, but didn't expect San Francisco politics to be quite as combative as you describe them. Tipped and Rec'd BTW.

    I'm actually thinking of doing this sort of diary for either Nashville, TN or Madison, WI. I could probably describe the factions better in Nashville (though there are a lot of them), but could get better data for Madison, as precincts in Nashville tend to cut across cultural divides. Does anyone here have any input on which one they'd rather see?

    Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

    by fearlessfred14 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 04:43:59 PM PST

    •  Nashville (3+ / 0-)
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      I'd be very interested in hearing your take on Nashville. Cooper always seemed too conservative for the area (though he doesn't seem to undermine the party publicly these days, maybe as the district got more progressive?).

      I figure there was never really a legitimate primary challenger other than Karl Dean more recently and would he even be to the left of Cooper? I also remember when the business community lined up against the English only ballot measure and defeated it handily. Would be kind of interested in the backstory on that.

      •  I think I will do that diary (3+ / 0-)
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        Jacques Kallis, MichaelNY, wu ming

        Though as a teaser, here are the short answers:

        1) Nashville has a very long moderate tradition, and tends not to be friendly country for hardliners on either side (the suburban counties are a very different story). This is why it elects a Blue Dog like Cooper. Karl Dean would probably be a bit to his left, but he's too establishment to primary Cooper. I'll go into this more, but Cooper would be very hard to dislodge, even though he'll be a real thorn in our side in the fiscal negotiations (he hates deficits with a singular passion).

        2) The business community wants to maintain Nashville's reputation as a welcoming city, and tends to be decently supportive of immigrants' rights. They are not liberals by and large, but tend to be pragmatic about advancing their interests and don't accumulate social baggage from movement conservatives. Again, this is a big contrast with conservatives in the suburban counties (particularly Wilson, Rutherford, and Williamson), some of whom are freakishly right-wing.

        Male, 22, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02. "You're damn right we're making a difference!" - Senator-Elect Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin)

        by fearlessfred14 on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 01:13:31 PM PST

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