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the landlocked states are going to be massively fucked if they get cut off from global commerce, so they will have to remain on at least speaking terms with the states that control the arterial railroads and/or navigable rivers between them and the nearest blue water port
There was an observation made in (I think) 2004 that the red/blue divide, when done at the county level revealed that pretty much "blue" America was coterminous with being on water (the sea and the big rivers, especially the Mississippi was one line of blue in a plain of red). So, do the Democrats have the Republicans over a barrel (of water)?

Of all the ways of organizing banking, the worst is the one we have today — Mervyn King, 25 October 2010
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 at 04:56:01 AM EST
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