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speaking of corporate love

I've really liked Slate's coverage of the primaries. In today's "Explainer" Timothy Noah posted a very thorough discussion of the effect of courting Southern votes
Since 2000, many Democrats have questioned quietly why they should expend so much effort trying to win votes in what is now a solidly Republican region. The Democrats' ceaseless courtship of Southern votes has fostered an unhealthy sense of entitlement. [slate]

The article concludes with the historical precedent of the South's political history of power-grabbing that traces back to the Constitutional provision that counted slaves as 3/5 of a person in the census.

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i guess that's why one of the more popular names for vice presidential running mates is new mexico gov. bill richardson. if the dems decide they're better off going after the southwest (and hispanics), he's a good choice.

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very interesting. and richardson has some international diplomacy experience -- didn't he go to North Korea a while ago?

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yeah, he did. also, under clinton, richardson was the u.s. ambassador to the u.n.

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he was a busy guy! wasn't he also energy secretary for a while?

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yep, again under clinton. i'm not sure where the overlap occurred.

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I couldn't agree more. Forget the South, the Democratic nominee probably doesn't need them, so we shouldn't be pandering to them. The "candidate X will win the South" meme is the 2nd worst Primary meme, behind "candidate X is the most electable."

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that's interesting, I hadn't thought about the effect of Nader staying out of the race. Let's hope it stays that way, the blue-ification of those states might be just what's needed to win in November.