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  •  Davis does not believe economic populism is it (4+ / 0-)

    Davis believes that economic populism hasn't been effective for Obama, and as a corollary believes that cultural populism may be effective for the GOP.  (As it was for Hillary.)

    Clinton's micro-targeted economic programs didn't win for her in Appalachia.  Her cultural appeals did.

    •  Davis doesn't see it that way, true 'nuf (0+ / 0-)

      Davis thinks that these are "conservative voters" who can be swayed by scary demagogic appeals to people's economic interests.

      But if you look at who Davis is talking about, and why he believes that Obama is not currently reaching them, then it's worth looking at his numbers.

      I don't look so much at his words as which demographic he's talking about:  working class whites.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Sun May 18, 2008 at 01:13:01 AM PDT

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      •  I simply don't buy it (1+ / 0-)
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        You're just repeating your core misreading of what Davis said.  Anyway, the fact is that Clinton's cultural appeals seem to have carried her in Appalachia, which is a shrinking market for both pre-civil-rights Dems and the GOP.

        If you want to panic, ask why Obama has so much trouble with Latino worker or Asian ones.  

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