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Thursday, April 20, 2006
Now There They Go Again

The Democrats, chasing the dream that there's something they can do to change their luck without changing their political agenda:

Ten states asked the Democratic National Committee on Thursday to let them hold early presidential nominating contests in 2008, promising to bring more racial and geographic diversity to the process of choosing a candidate.

If you remember, the magic bullet in 2004 was that they would frontload the primaries to make sure that they had a nominee early. It worked, but they got Le Fraude as their nominee, so they're trying a new way of shaking the dice.

The proposal, which has drawn opposition in Iowa and New Hampshire, was designed to let those two states retain much of their prominence in the nominating process while giving a bigger voice to states in the South and West -- areas where Democrats have suffered in recent presidential races.

Ah, the delicious irony of it all. I have often commented on the wonders of American politics. Liberals largely desegregated the South, and drove white men from the party. And as a result, the Democrats can seemingly only win when they have Southern white men at the top of the ticket. If we go back to 1964, Southern white male Democrats have gone 4-2 in the Presidential sweepstakes, while Northern white male Democrats have managed a somewhat lackluster 0-5 record.

So of course the irony is that the Democrats, having driven most of the white male Southerners from their party, find themselves relying on them for their only chance of winning. Which has got to be galling to the base.

"Arizona really represents in many ways the future of the Democratic Party," said Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who spoke to the panel by telephone and highlighted the state's growing Hispanic population.

"The West is someplace where the national Democratic Party can make serious inroads," she said.

Let me say that the Democrats do well here in AZ considering that they have a joke of a party. Napolitano appears to be cruising towards reelection, but she's the only shining star in the party's firmament. Despite that, Arizona is nowhere near the solid state for the Republicans that it used to be, at least on the national level.

Kyl's safe in 2006; the race here will be an early signal of Howard Dean's willingness to pursue his foolish 50-state strategy. This was considered to be an "in-play" seat by some early in the campaign, but Kyl's stature rose with the recent Time Magazine Top Ten Senators rating. Kyl's definitely on the career path for the Supreme Court if not the White House. The guy just impresses the heck out of me. He's not going to run for the big job in '08 but he's definitely somebody every conservative should consider voting for if he does try in 2012 or later.
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