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Friday, April 01, 2005


Liberals Go South

posted by Brian Ulrich at Friday, April 01, 2005 permalink View blog reactions
While I see how people might get the wrong impression, I am not on board with the "Feingold 2008" movement, and am avoiding choosing sides for now. However, I read about him a lot being in Wisconsin, and via Matt Bruce I find this Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel article on a swing to the south with campaign overtones:
"Wisconsin's junior senator spent Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday driving around this politically forbidding 'red state,' meeting with liberal and conservative Democrats, Bush voters, local dignitaries and a curious Alabama media, enjoying the improbability of it all.

"'When was the last time some Democrat from another part of the country went into Greenville, Alabama, and just said, 'What's the deal here?' ' Feingold said before his trip.

"You could look at Feingold's Alabama adventure as an extended conversation between North and South over the current woes and future direction of the Democratic Party.

This is the way Democrats need to go to show voters we represent national and not just regional values.


There is an online poll for president in 2008 at Dean is currently in last place because he was excluded from the original list.


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