Edward's has figured out what the new rural poll says--that the rural vote will determine who wins the election. This poll from the Center For Rural Strategies has good numbers. Like or not, candidate are going to have to take a look at, and address these rural issues.
The crumbling rural infrastructure needs to be fixed.
I keep hoping the progressive community will start taking rural America seriously. Without rural votes we lose. Unfortunately good diaries like this one just don't seem to attract much attention. What a shame.
Thanks Junior. I think you're right on point. The only issue that's off the table for rural voters is guns. A good percentage of rurals don't give a damn about most of the hot button issues. They care about economic security. And we don't have to get every voter, we just need to be competitive with the right to win.
This is a great opportunity for Democrats in 2008.
I'm hoping now that it's confirmed that we need rural votes, the progressive blogoshere will start talking about the issues instead of bashing us as a bunch of ignorant hillbillies. We need to get past that tired old meme and get to work on issues any good progressive would care about.
Good blogging with Mudcat going on over at the Time Blog. Much different than yesterday. Seems like you guy would be happy rural America is in play. I've never seen such good news treated with such sad faces.
Beware. Look at the fools our voters have been willing to put in the White House. What qualities or expertise did George Bush bring to the game when he got in. Governor of Texas? Glad hander for a baseball team? He was a C student and had failed at every opportunity. He didn't even complete his obligation to the Texas National Guard Champagne Squadron--yet he managed to get close enough to steal the election twice.
The Republicans should be called the "yellow dogs" as they have given us Presidential candidate who in some cases did not have the ability to fetch, much less run the country.
I am so afraid of the American voter. So many of us don't read, don't think and are incredibly uninformed. Most make their voting decisions on TV commercials and truly I'd say a great percentage could not point out Iraq if given a globe. Though I worry about low voter turnout, I'm almost as afraid what would happen if everyone showed up at the polls.
With such an uninformed group of voters, I fear Fred Thompson, who is an actor and lobbyist has a great advantage. He knows how to find the light as they say and this is a country that, in many circles, still revere "the great communicator".
Reagan didn't communicate as much as read, but he was a very good reader and knew how to sell his text. Don't be surprised to see Fred Thompson do the same thing. He's going for the Reagan prize and with his background as an actor and a lobbyist, I expect he might be very persuasive to those who don't spend their time thinking about the real issues facing the country.
Come to Kentucky. I think you might have a different view with a visit. Sure there are folks here like Zell Miller just like New York State. The mentality you're talking about is everywhere in the country.
But Kentucky has been Democratic before and will be again. We've been as influenced by hard core UMW union worker as we have by the likes of Mitch McConnell, and in 2008 we will mount a strong challenge to Mitch and may very well send him home.
We're gonna need money and help from our progressive brothers and sisters all over the country to achieve this feat, but beating Mitch is very doable and he's more likely to lose next time around than ever. The Republican Party is split and he's even being challenged from his own party.
It think progressives need to let go of the old stereotypes about Kentucky. They're repeated over and over in movies, tv--comedians, but we are not that ignorant, inbred, race-baiting state. We are better, deeper and more sophisticated and that's something people who don't live here need to learn.
In 1968 a good part of the south did get angry over the Civil Rights Movement, but that was 1968 and it's now 2007. On top of that, Kentucky is not a true southern state. Zell Miller is from Georgia. Kentucky is not like Georgia or Alabama and even those states are slowly changing. We also lost the south because the Republicans organized in the lower levels of government. I'm not saying the south didn't have a reaction to the Civil Right Movement. It did, of course. But times are changing and so are Southern people.
Democrats have big opportunities in the South and especially in a border state like Kentucky. We need to open our eyes to these opportunities instead of rehashing 1968. A lot of time and change has come since then.
I think Kentucky is a lot more complicated than to just say we're all Zell Miller Democrats. Sure, we have a lot of moderate Dems in Kentucky, but the comparison to Zell Miller is over the top. One of the reasons Kentucky drifted Republican was that the Democratic Party of recent times have taken the focus off poor people, economic fairness--all those big D Democrat issues that were so well-represented during the days of FDR and even LBJ. Bobby Kennedy was the last big politician to spend any time in Appalachia and though we and our problems have been there since then, the Democratic Party has almost forgotten about us.
At the same time, Republicans did just the opposite, they reached out to rural America, not in a way I would have liked, but for years, many Democrats in rural Kentucky felt like our party had left us.
We'll see. I keep voting Democratic every election and the election of populists like Jim Webb and Jon Tester give me hope the Democratic party may start looking at issues like economic fairness again.
I think with the recent primary win of Steve Beshear here and John Yarmuth's win over Bush lapdog, Anne Northup, there will be a rebuilding of the Democratic Party in Kentucky.
But you need to understand one thing. I wish people would stop with this business of--oh, we lost the South over the Civil Rights Movement. We may have lost some people who are long dead over the Civil rights movement, but those days are gone and that particular "truth" is dated. We're a hell of lot more worried about jobs and medical care than the color of someones skin. If Democrats want to win Kentucky back, you need to invest in our candidates and get that Zell Miller, Little Abner stereotype out of your head.
Kentucky's coming back to the party. I believe this to be true.
I voted here in Louisville at 3:00 P.M. Turnout was light and I live in a liberal precinct. Nevertheless, this primary is the first brick in the rebuilding of the Kentucky Democratic Party. Breshear is a supporter of the 50 state strategy, and I've heard if he wins, Howard Dean will invest in Kentucky
With Beshear as Governor, we'll have a new party chairman and a fairly progressive thinker in the Mansion. Efforts to defeat Mitch McConnell are underway and we're gonna return Kentucky to the Democratic side of the aisle in '08.
Check out DitchMitchKy.com if you have time. Matt Gunterman and Cliff Schecter are doing a hell of job with this blog. Good writing and terrific content.
Good question. It's the same in the progressive blogosphere. How many women are front-pagers for this blog and others? I'd like to see women more involved at all levels of progressive politics and truthfully, I don't know why this has not happened. Here in Louisville, I see quite a few women involved in political campaigns, but usually not as the candidate, though we did just oust Republican Anne Northup and replace her with Progressive male John Yarmuth.
I worked for Yarmuth's opponent in the primary, Fighting Dem, Andrew Horne. Horne's campaign staff was probably around 50-50, and frankly, I'd say the women were the better more effective workers, willing to step up and do anything. Of course, that's just my impression. Why more women are not running for office is hard to figure, but with the number of women I see working in campaigns, I hope that's an indication that in the future, we'll see more women seeking office.
One other thing to think about. The Fighting Dem movement failed in it's original goal. Out of the whole group, (correct if I'm wrong) only 2 Fighting Dems won. The benefit from this group is probably being realized now by the formation of VoteVets. They've been very active lately and their striking Body Armor ad certainly helped Jim Webb in Virginia for sure. Of course, everyone can claim credit for Webb's win--support from the netroots, especially Raising Kaine in Virginia, probably turned the Webb race.