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Possibly, but, again, we didn't see any real evidence of that in Mississippi.

My guess is that either Michigan winds up being an outlier, or that there's a cultural difference between folks in the Rust Belt and those in the South among black Americans.

There seems to be a similar kind of distinction among whites on the Republican side when comparing the South and the Plains.  Trump dominates the former, Cruz the latter.  There seems to be a cultural divide among GOPers along the Mississippi River.

(With the exception of Nevada, which is obviously a bit of an oddball state, being a sort of hybrid of Atlantic City and a poor man's South Florida.  I suspect we'll see a similar, albeit smaller, pro-Trump contingent in Arizona in the Phoenix area.)

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Mar 10th, 2016 at 08:10:23 AM EST
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Charles Blow
Northern blacks and Southern blacks are most likely processing Sanders quite differently. As I wrote in a February column:

There isn't one black America, but two: The children of the Great Migration and the children of those who stayed behind in the South. (Black immigrants are another story.) Having spent the first half of my life in the South and the second in Great Migration destination cities, I can attest that the sensibilities are as different as night and day.

Sanders's early, Northern activism for racial equality is likely to have more resonance with Northern blacks, and so is his largely urban and non-Southern roster of black surrogates. For instance, more Michigan primary voters said they trusted Sanders more than Clinton to handle race relations in this country. The opposite was true in Mississippi.

Part of this also has to do with what I call the political provincialism of the South: The favoring of regional candidates and the shunning of outsiders. Because of the time Clinton spent in the South, she has a Southern advantage.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Mar 10th, 2016 at 08:35:28 AM EST
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Sanders needs to take a bold step or two to win more support from the "diversity coalition". Yesterday's debate question "Is Donald Trump a racist?" was an opportunity, but he chose to safely follow Clinton. Not quite a mark of a transformational leader.

Tactical, civility consideration (and fruitless semantics quibble potential) are worth thinking over, and Sanders had time for that. But verbal and body posturing matters as well, and it is worthwhile to practice to be a li-i-itle Trumpy. As it stands now, Trump can call anyone as he pleases while the Democratic opponents would not use a straight word on him.

by das monde on Thu Mar 10th, 2016 at 09:04:53 PM EST
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I find Bernie has a surprising amount of edge wedded to his civility. He manages to deflate Hillary quite roundly. He has the benefit of not having to waste so much energy spinning. He comes off as a bristly curmudgeon who's finally found his groove on the national campaign trail, boosted by the considerable turnouts and the growing probability of having to face off eventually with the Great Orange Demon. A bigger contrast of political philosophy would be hard to imagine, pretty darn epic battle for (what's left of) America's soul.
It would be ironic if it were the South to thwart him by sustaining HTC, (unfortunately a strong possibility).
Her lies or his macho bluster, hella choice huh?


'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Fri Mar 11th, 2016 at 09:15:41 AM EST
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Why give Trump air time in a Democratic debate asking the candidates about him?

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Mar 21st, 2016 at 10:26:01 AM EST
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