Ben Buchwalter

50-State Strategy to Shrink
January 16, 2009, 4:42 pm
Filed under: 2010 and 2012, General Politics | Tags: , ,

Former DNC Chair Howard Dean’s 50-state strategy is generally regarded as the non-Obama reason for the Democrats’ success last November. By putting representatives in every single state, Democrats were able to turn states like Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado from red to blue. 

In a video released recently, the new DNC chairman, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine praised the 50-state strategy for its overwhelming success but said that it would be scaled back because “You never should just do what you did yesterday.” 

Tremayne of Open Left mocks this response perfectly:

So, bottom line: it was really important and successful and we’ll be doing something that we’ll call a 50-state strategy but it won’t look like it did before. Because “you never should just do what you did yesterday” even if what you did yesterday worked really well.

The idea behind the 50-state strategy is that voters in states like Alabama, Idaho, and Oklahoma are never going to vote for a Democrat unless they meet a Democrat once in a while. If you send two or three Dems to a rural town in red states like Nebraska, though, then you just might change some minds. 

I’m worried that without the 50-state strategy, the Democratic Party will not maximize its potential in states like Georgia, Missouri, North Dakota, and Montana, all of which were very close this year. With just a little more attention (and some luck with the economy), those could really turn blue in 2012.


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