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Blog update at Torygraph - Wemyss's Appalling Hobby:
From the Party Guilty of Committing 'Gate of Ivory, Gate of Horn'
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Blog update at Torygraph

My latest: Bonfire night in America: http://tinyurl.com/2764grn

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taradiane From: taradiane Date: November 5th, 2010 04:51 am (UTC) (Link)
This was an interesting read, and I want to go over it again when I can devote more brain power to it (right now, said brain power is being utilized by statistics and the test I'll likely fail on Saturday).

One thing that stood out immediately, though, was this:

Some overarching themes do readily emerge. The first is that the elections for the House of Representatives were largely ‘nationalised’ in their issues

I actually see it as the opposite where I live. Coming from a swing state that went heavy blue during the 2008 elections, and then last night went about as blood red as you can go with the exception of 3 districts in the NE corner of the state (Cleveland et al) - even both our state legislatures went red - what I saw from the local level was a solid focus on exactly that, the local level. I mean, yes, it was nationalized to the extent of "I won't be a Pelosi/Reid lapdog," but it was done, in my opinion, with a Tenth Amendment tone of voice, if you know what I mean...from the Republicans anyway. Many of the Democrat ads that I saw, no matter the level, spent a majority of their ad time talking about how they would support Obama's agenda via whichever role they were trying to keep (or take), and then added in state issues almost as an aside. I saw the opposite from Republican ads. My general takeaway when I look back on the party campaigns as a whole, it sticks in my brain (biased as it is - show me one that isn't) as Democrats = Washington (i.e. national), Republicans = My State.

So I guess that I both agree and disagree in the sense that there's always a bit of nationalizing, except in dog catcher races, but I remember more of that coming from the Left than from the Right, the latter obviously being the victors in the House races. I think, also, that looking at the record-breaking gains for Republicans in the state level legislatures is very telling.

As an aside, I admit that I did smile rather widely when I got this email blast from GOProud.

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