March 27, 2008


Urban issues get short shrift (CARRIE BUDOFF BROWN, 3/26/08, Politico)

At the outset of the Democratic primary campaign, advocates for urban America had high hopes for a substantive discussion about the issues confronting the cities.

Between Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who represents New York City, and Sen. Barack Obama, a former community organizer who hails from Chicago—not to mention Rep. Dennis Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor—urban policy experts and mayors expected a vigorous debate about the cities, the kind of conversation that hasn’t occurred in recent presidential elections.

But as the nomination fight shifts to Pennsylvania, home to the sixth-largest city in the country, they are still waiting. [...]

[I]t underscores a broad shift in voting patterns from the 1960s and 70s. Back then, the Democratic and Republican platforms went on at great length about urban issues. Now that more voters live in suburbs and exurbs—and since big cities have become almost monolithically Democratic—the more competitive and vote-rich areas miles outside urban cores reap the lion’s share of attention from candidates.

...why Democrats try to ignore their constituency groups.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2008 9:09 AM

A constituency groups are union members. Now the union leaders may fall in line behind the Democratic nominee, but where will the members actually go in November?

How many Teamsters, Carpenters, Electricians, Iron Workers, etc., the guys with the little magnetic ribbons on their cars and trucks, are going to vote for Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama over Sen. McCain? Especially when a lot of those guys and gals are veterans, or have family members who are veterans or in the military?

This is a question that ought to be haunting the sleep of Democrats everywhere.

BTW - just for laughs - the Democrats ought to invite a lot of those union members to come to Denver this summer to greet the "Re-Create '68" crowd. Just have the Dems say they'll pick up the tab for motel rooms, food, tire irons, bail...

Posted by: Mikey at March 27, 2008 5:31 PM