How To Lose Kansas

Good example from Max Sawicky. But of course it would be very odd for the California Democratic Party to adopt a strategy designed to win votes in Kansas. Gray Davis’ particular problems aside, postmodern California is a hot-bed of contemporary liberalism grounded in the politics of gender and ethnicity. On the other hand, one of the mainstays of left-wing criticism of Bill Clinton is his signing of the 1996 welfare reform bill. Do we really think that standing more rigorously in favor of transfer payments to unemployed black women is the way to gain the votes of white working class men? Or is it possible that, as I said in my previous post on the subject, the formula pioneered by DLC politicians who needed to run in the red states actually may know a thing or two about how to keep progressive politics viable in red America?