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  •  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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