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  •  not all dems are social liberals (2+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, isabelle hayes

    and quite a few enjoy using things like the war on drugs to prove to white conservative voters that they're not beholden to blacks, latinos and hippies, but can instead be trusted to be "tough on crime." there are quite a few drug warriors in our party, the past two democratic presidents among them, although obama has made some mumbles about backing away from it lately.

    the GOP, by contrast, has a libertarian wing that sees the drug war as police state federal encroachment, and critiques it from that perspective. not all the GOP, or even most of them, and definitely regionally inflected, but a sizeable chunk of them. i expect it to grow as a proportion in the decade to come, as social conservative silent generation voters are replaced by more libertarian-minded older gen x'ers, in the GOP coalition.

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