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    is the suburban and small-sized city demo vs. both urban and rural groups.

    Folks in cities just don't see things the same way that people in rural areas do.

    I think this is somewhat a creation of 'leftist'/liberal thought. I'd reword it to say that folks in urban cores don't see things the way folks in suburbia see them. Rural America is largely an after thought for both groups.

    Hence we get the division in politics, as the way the House and Senate are currently configured, the rural areas have a disproportionately larger say in governance than they should.

    I disagree there. The division in our politics comes primarily from Orange County and Manhattan and UChi, not Nowhere, KS, or Podunk, AR, or Boondocks, MS. Some 'blue' states would get more Senators, but then, so too would some 'red' states.

    So, what's a party to do?  Recruit conservadems/blue dogs who can win elections in rural areas, but who still ascribe to conservative ideologies.

    That assumes the premise in question, which is that rural areas are actually more 'conservative'. I think the way we win is by running strong candidates who stand for principles, not conservadems who wreak of fraud and weakness and compromise of the wrong kind. Candidates who respect small town America, not look down on it. There's a lot of interest in the Democratic Party in preventing 'progressives' and 'populists' and whatnot from working across racial, class, religious, and geographic boundaries.

    It comes back to the What's the Matter with Kansas thesis--with some tweaking of the message, rural areas SHOULD be far more liberal than they are.  However, the party or its base has not had the desire to do that tweaking.

    I've never understood that thesis. Poorer voters do vote disproportionately for Democrats. The problem is that Democrats aren't delivering policies that actually benefit working Americans.

    Or more succinctly, I'd argue, Kansas isn't the problem - Washington is.

    Ask your Member of Congress what they're doing to put Americans back to work.

    by washunate on Tue Dec 21, 2010 at 03:36:22 PM PST

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