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The Democratic Party in the Age of Obama

The Democratic Party in the Age of Obama Forecasting the Midter Ms By t homas F. s challer The Democra Tic Par Ty in Th e a g e fo o b ama Yes We Can or No We Can’t? In the years preceding the electoral earthquake triggered by the 2006 Democratic takeover of Congress and Barack Obama’s 2008 election, political junkies were treated to a full shelf of books diagnosing what ailed the Democratic Party. If that catalog of publications is any indication, the party’s problems were many and insurmountable. Among other critiques, national Democrats were deemed too soft to trust on its inability to attract sufficient support from foreign policy and defense issues including, white voters, particularly suburban w ah nid tes and especially in the wake of the September white men. Regionally, national Democrats were 11 attacks, the handling of the growing threa a d t vised to either find a solution to their fester- 1 8 of global terrorism. Democrats and liberals ing Southern problems fi , gure out ways to win were chastised for losing voters otherwis o e utside the former Confedera o cr y, try to swing sympathetic to their economic policies by key voting blocs regardless of regiA on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png New Labor Forum SAGE

The Democratic Party in the Age of Obama

New Labor Forum , Volume 19 (3): 8 – Oct 1, 2010

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SAGE
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© 2010 Joseph S. Murphy Institute, CUNY
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1095-7960
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1557-2978
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10.4179/NLF.193.0000006
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Abstract

Forecasting the Midter Ms By t homas F. s challer The Democra Tic Par Ty in Th e a g e fo o b ama Yes We Can or No We Can’t? In the years preceding the electoral earthquake triggered by the 2006 Democratic takeover of Congress and Barack Obama’s 2008 election, political junkies were treated to a full shelf of books diagnosing what ailed the Democratic Party. If that catalog of publications is any indication, the party’s problems were many and insurmountable. Among other critiques, national Democrats were deemed too soft to trust on its inability to attract sufficient support from foreign policy and defense issues including, white voters, particularly suburban w ah nid tes and especially in the wake of the September white men. Regionally, national Democrats were 11 attacks, the handling of the growing threa a d t vised to either find a solution to their fester- 1 8 of global terrorism. Democrats and liberals ing Southern problems fi , gure out ways to win were chastised for losing voters otherwis o e utside the former Confedera o cr y, try to swing sympathetic to their economic policies by key voting blocs regardless of regiA on

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Published: Oct 1, 2010

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