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  •  nationalization, death of the solid south, '94, (2+ / 0-)
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    Stephen Wolf, gabjoh

    I think that it is the ultimate result of a high degree of nationalization of American political culture.  Theoretically you could consider it the logical consequence of the rise of national news organizations that has only now been this strongly realised.

    The biggest difference is probably in the south in that southern democrats were a large caucus with an identity distinct from the national party to a greater extent than any other region.  When the Republicans became the party of white southern traditionalists this caucus has been dying a slow death and now I believe that a southern democratic caucus would be majority black and much more aligned to the national leadership.

    1994 might be the watershed moment when an election was nationalized, the Republican party whip started exerting more power and local electoral quirks were officially put on watch.

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