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November 19, 2003

Dean for America

It occurs to me that the polarisation of politics in America, which the Economist attributes to the need by candidates to pander to their more extreme/fanatical supporters, a product of decades of gerrymandering, affects the Democrats as much if not more than the Republicans.

Which is why Dean seems to eager to talk trash about free trade and international labour policies, because of how important the unions are to the Democrats. Which is why all his talk about immigration is focused on groups that are affiliated to the voting public - Hispanic immigration being the only thing he talks about under his umbrella of "immigration".

But oh my is he talking exciting talk nonetheless - in many cases really just talking the right talk.

Posted by subtitles at November 19, 2003 3:53 AM |