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  •  Very Weak Analysis (Sorry) (3+ / 0-)
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    willibro, lgmcp, a night owl

    Hawaii is not a progressive stronghold in the way this seems to imply.  The non-white population approaches the Republican party the way the deep South did prior to civil rights -- the party of the overseer that had his foot on their neck in plantation days.

    Luckily with the demographics being what they are, unless the R's figure out a way to stop being bigots, that's not going to change.  However, there is a large, large group of hard core religious folk here that could easily be swept up by the Republicans on social issues.  And a lot of haole retirees that vote Republican.

    Don't get too cocky.  This is not Berkeley or Madison WI.   Charle Djou -- a no hoper bible thumper came pretty close to holding his seat.  And the gay marriage issue if put to a vote would have iffy chances.

    •  Correct about the embrace of Democrats being (1+ / 0-)
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      partly a reaction to Republican plantation politics.

      John Burns had a lot to do with that - grooming the newly returned from war Nisei to be part of his political machine.

      Lots of Mormons in Hawaii and the usual crowd of pro-Republican business types.

      •  Also, Asian and Pacific cultures (1+ / 0-)
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        (which dominate in Hawaii) are much more community-centric as opposed to "rugged individualistic." This group mentality makes "socialist" policies like universal healthcare and union solidarity much more acceptable and even desirable there.

    •  Regardless, Hawaii has produced some good liberal (0+ / 0-)

      members of Congress. Patsy Mink was a fantastic Congresswoman and a great champion of progressive causes. Mazie Hirono and Neil Abercrombie are also good people to have in politics. Hell, even Akaka and to a lesser extent, Inouye, are respectable legislators.

      GOP stands for Grand Old Problem.

      by LennyLiberal on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 06:05:38 PM PDT

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      •  That's the effect of party politics (0+ / 0-)

        When you have 25% marginalized 100%, it's not hard for a real progressive to come through the other 75%.

        But we also have some real turds.  One reason I won't give 2 cents to the local Dem party is Mike Gabbard.  No one needed him to be the 21st Dem Senator.  Why give him a D after his name when he's such a bigoted a-hole.

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