Some right-wingers love to cite the role of Democrats in the segregationist South of yore

Every once in a while, I get a comment on my blog from some conservative who thinks a clever point is made by recalling the days when the Democratic Party was dominated to a certain extent by Southern segregationists. Such comments seem oblivious to the fact that the Democrats long ago cut their ties with segregationists. When Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he privately said to an aide: “We have lost the South for a generation.” LBJ’s prediction was borne out in part by the extent to which the Democratic and Republican...

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Democratic politicians in coal-producing states oppose action on global warming

Anyone paying attention to the politics of climate change is aware that Republican lawmakers generally are opposed as a matter of ideology to any meaningful government action that might help curb global warming. Not so well known, however, is that these GOP obstructionists have allies on this issue among Democratic politicians. Ronald Brownstein EXPLAINS: Even as studies proliferate on the dangers of a changing climate, the issue’s underlying politics virtually ensure that Congress will remain paralyzed over it indefinitely. That means...

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The only way Democrats can lose this year is if they don’t vote — which seems likely

If the Democrats don’t make gains in this year’s congressional elections, they’ll have only themselves to blame. Polls show that the Democratic Party is held in greater favor than the Republican Party. And the Democratic stances on most issues also enjoy greater public favor. So why are most pundits predicting a good year for the Republicans at the ballot box? It simple: Republicans are more likely to vote. Steve Benen EXPLAINS.          ...

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Gallup: By 10 percentage points, Democratic Party viewed more favorably than GOP

Both of  America’s two major political parties generally are viewed unfavorably by the nation’s populace, but the Republicans are in worse shape than the Democrats. The Gallup organization puts it THIS WAY: Democratic Party favorable ratings have held steady since last June, while Republican favorables have increased slightly from their all-time low last year. Still, if the Republicans’ current favorability ratings hold, they will be the lowest ever for either party in an election year… Overall, the GOP has a net...

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Here’s how a poll that’s bad for Obama can also be bad for Republicans

There’s lots of talk in political circles this week about a new Washington Post/ABC News poll showing that President Obama’s job-approval rating is 11 percentage points to the negative side. Is that bad news for Democrats in general? Well, not necessarily. You see, the same poll shows Democrats leading Republicans on various matters of governance: Overall, which party, the (Democrats) or the (Republicans), do you trust to do a better job in coping with the main problems the nation faces over the next few years? * Democrats by 6....

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