The proprietor of Politics is a Blood Sport gets the chance to visit with Dr. Dean at the Clark County JJ Dinner.
Hard core Deaniacs will remember his “What I want to know” speech from 2003. Little remembered from that speech was Dean’s repudiation of Nixon’s Southern Strategy, and the use of coded language to divide the electorate along racial lines. I asked Governor Dean if the 2008 cycle was a direct repudiation of the Southern Strategy, and he agreed, pointing to elections in Alabama and Mississippi that Democrats were winning. In other words, it’s not just the election of Obama that signals the end of the Southern Strategy.
What put the nail in the coffin of the Southern Strategy was the younger generation. They’re multi-cultural, adept with technology, and they reject the politics of confrontation. It’s an astute observation and one that Gen-X’ers like myself need to reconcile with.
Dean’s main focus now, of course, is health care reform. You can check out Stand With Dr. Dean for more info.