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... but the national parties are actually coalitions of state parties, rather than anything approaching national membership parties. Given the two-party institutions put in place in the late 1800's, its natural for there to be "red" teams and "blue" teams spread across the country, but that does not mean that the Southwestern Blue and Red teams are the same as the Dixie Blue and Red team, nor are either identical to the Pacific Northwest blue and red teams.

National transportation created national markets in the late 1800's, and disruption to national transportation grids can uncreate them.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Nov 22nd, 2010 at 06:15:52 PM EST
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