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  •  It also presents liberal argument which go unheard (12+ / 0-)

    If we consistently have candidates in those races it gives them, and people who would support them, to challenge the conservative common "wisdom" cycle after cycle, building their case. Sooner or later those ideas, at the right time, will resonate with independents and some right of center Republicans. Enough to swing seats.

    •  Unlikely, and that's not the trend (2+ / 0-)
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      Berkeley Fred, jncca

      Instead, what's happened is twofold:

      (1) Demographic change has meant that there are so many non-whites that whites can vote for the Democratic presidential candidate at the same percentage they voted for Dukakis, and s/he can still win nationally.

      (2) Some of the white people (like northern suburbanites who are not very happy about taxation but are socially liberal) who used to be Republicans have left the party because it became extreme. It's not that they were convinced to become more liberal but that the Republican Party became way too far right and irresponsible for them to stomach.

      Having said all that, I certainly do second Steve's very eloquent argument for running someone in every district. It's easier to support this idea as a proposition than to actually get someone to run in every district, but that doesn't make the idea any less sound.

      Formerly Pan on Swing State Project

      by MichaelNY on Mon Dec 16, 2013 at 05:09:27 AM PST

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