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    I still don't understand how the "80%" of "22%" argument is evidence of anything, other than that Bush's base is still Evangelical Christians.  I'm going to wait until the National Election Study comes out so we can run some actual statistical analysis on the vote choice, rather than doing half-assed stuff based on media-reported crosstabs of exit polls.

    If we stand back and look at the larger picture, might this have simply been the triumph of Rove's grand turnout strategy?  He obsessed over the fact that 4 million certain Bush voters stayed home in 2000.  He worked relentlessly to turn them out this time, and it appears to have worked.  But they are not Reagan Democrats -- they're Bush's base.  I really don't think any Democratic strategy should take them into account.  But rather, focus on continuing to build the infrastructure to 1) get our views past the conservative echo chamber and into the public consciousness, and 2) mobilize those in our base, perhaps by giving them a clearer sense of what we'd do for them in office, rather than just not be Bush.

    •  Personally, I think Rove's (none)
      4 million was a bunch of crap.  He probably pulled the figure out of his ass--he's never provided any kind of evidence for it.

      But as a motivational tool?  Worked brilliantly, as did McCarthy's "57 communists."

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