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Do Democrats Need a Bubba Strategy?

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The party shouldn’t give up on NASCAR voters, says Dave “Mudcat” Saunders.
By Mason Adams – Politico

On a balmy summer afternoon, Dave “Mudcat” Saunders sits in the shade of his porch in Roanoke, Va., with a tall cup of iced tea, a highlighter and a copy of I Heard My Country Calling. That’s the new book by former U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, a Reagan Democrat whose 2006 upset over one-time GOP star George Allen in Virginia represents the last time Mudcat could claim victory for his “Bubba Strategy.”
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Foreshadowing Eric Cantor’s Defeat

Harrison Hickman – Huffington Post

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Commentators are wrong in suggesting that the problems that resulted in Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s primary loss were new or that they were confined to the Republican primary electorate. In reality, Cantor’s weaknesses were obvious two years ago in our poll of likely general election voters in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District for Democratic candidate Wayne Powell.
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Mudcat on Colbert Report – Indecision 2012

Dave “Mudcat” Saunders appears on the Colbert Report, Indecision 2012, to talk with Stephen about the upcoming southern state presidential primary elections and explain the Southern culture of “fight, sing, drink, pray”.

U.S. Content to Sit on Haiti Aid

By Dave Mudcat Saunders, Huffington Post
January 12, 2012

The GAO report is clear. Because of conditions on Haitian ground, USAID is going to have a tough time ever getting anything done. Two years ago, President Obama promised the people of Haiti: “You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten.” From what I’ve seen, working with those already in Haiti who have a record of getting things done is the only way the United States can fulfill that promise. This must become an immediate priority — in Obama’s own words — “swift, coordinated, and aggressive.Continue reading

Election nearly wipes out white Southern Democrats

By BEN EVANS, The Associated Press
Thursday, November 4, 2010; 9:19 PM

WASHINGTON — The white Southern Democrat – endangered since the 1960s civil rights era – is sliding nearer to extinction.

After this week’s elections, the Democratic Party barely holds a presence in the region outside of majority-black urban areas such as Atlanta and Memphis. The carnage for the party was particularly brutal in the Deep South, where just one white Democrat survived across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina.

The Republicans’ effort to win over the South, rooted decades ago in a strategy to capitalize on white voters’ resentment of desegregation, is all but complete.

“Right now in most of Dixie it is culturally unacceptable to be a Democrat. It’s a damn shame, but that’s the way it is,” said Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, a campaign strategist for conservative Democrats such as Jim Webb of Virginia, one of the few remaining Southern Democratic senators. Continue reading