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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:01 AM
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Small, but encouraging, signs from the Winn Dixie
I stopped this afternoon at the Winn Dixie store on Skyland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I was wearing my "John Kerry For President" T-Shirt (available from http://www.johnkerry.com for $12, plus $6.50 shipping).

As I was walking into the store, a man who appeared to be about 50 years old was walking out of the store. He noticed my shirt, and said "Hey, I'm voting for Kerry too. I think we might pull it off." Or very similar words to that effect.

As I'm about to walk out of the store, an older lady, seventy-ish, came out of nowhere and grabbed my arm, and said "Where did you get that shirt. I want one so bad." I told her where I got the shirt, and she said "They should be selling those on every street corner. Giving 'em away would be even better."

As I'm walking in the parking lot, I cross another man, around 60. He simply points at my shirt, smiles, and gives a :thumbsup:

All three of these people were white. I point that out for what I think are fairly obvious reasons.

I know it's just a little anecdote, but I take it as a very good sign. I think we are really going to win, if the thugs don't steal it again.
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nothingshocksmeanymore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:05 AM
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1. Wow! I am happy to hear that
and it is nothing short of courageous to run around in a Kerry shirt in SOME sections of Bama!
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Syrinx Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:22 AM
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4. that would be district 6
Where the incumbent Republican is facing off against Roy Moore's attorney.

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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:06 AM
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2. "In an informal Winn-Dixie poll of likely shoppers"... EOM
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ACK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:14 AM
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3. People forget things about the South
Edited on Wed Apr-07-04 01:14 AM by ACK
For example, the margin of victory in many of the Southern states were smaller than the margin in many midwestern states and other typical Repuke strongholds.

The margin is smaller and many black voters, hispanic voters more and more, yankee transplants, younger women and white liberals could pull of even more victories like the ones in LA and Warner in VA.

The issue is how to run a proper campaign in the South. The issue is having to fight a media even more consolidated than the one we face on a national stage. Most of the small southern papers are knee jerk hardcore reactionary conservatives and neocons.

There is a lot more hope in regaining Tennesse and hardening West Virginia and getting at least one more Southern state to swing over than trying to win many of the hardcore Repuke midwestern states that have been Repub since the dawn of time. Maybe North Carolina if people keep moving to the Research Triangle (this assumes the tech jobs are not just shipped to India).

Geez man Clinton got Georgia the first time around.

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Sandpiper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:51 AM
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5. I agree that the entire south is not a lost cause
And there are a few southern states we could even win. I think effective campaigning by carry could swing Louisiana, Arkansas, and West Virginia back to the Dem column.
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mobuto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-07-04 01:56 AM
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6. The South isn't monolithic
While Democrats can get elected Governor in Virginia, Louisiana and Alabama, what exactly constitutes a "Democrat" depends wildly on where you are. I really don't consider former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman much of an asset to the Party. Louisiana lies somewhere in the middle. And Warner could have run for Governor anywhere.
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