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  •  The republican party (19+ / 0-)

    was building at the grassroots long before 2000.  Its been a steady growth thats gone on for decades.  We just failed to recognize it.  We let it happen while we sort of just "adapted" around it...figured there will still enough urban voters in places like Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Florida, etc., to pull us through.  Figured that to get enough electoral votes in a presidential race we'd just run a southern candidate in order to pick off a state or two.  We were stupid.

    If we can't be a party that is competitive in 50 states, then we have no business being a political party at all.  Dean said it best last night on The Daily Show...when we manage to get a president elected, he has to be president of all 50 states.  

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