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The money quote, which resonates with much of what has been written in this thread:

WSJ: Secret GOP Weapon: The Scots-Irish vote by JAMES WEBB on October 23, 2004

The decline in public education and the outsourcing of jobs has hit this culture hard. Diversity programs designed to assist minorities have had an unequal impact on white ethnic groups and particularly this one, whose roots are in a poverty-stricken South. Their sons and daughters serve in large numbers in a war whose validity is increasingly coming into question. In fact, the greatest realignment in modern politics would take place rather quickly if the right national leader found a way to bring the Scots-Irish and African-Americans to the same table, and so to redefine a formula that has consciously set them apart for the past two centuries.
Note that this was written 10 days before the 2004 presendential election, so it's not like Webb made this point about uniting the African-Americans and the Scots-Irish after it was clear that Obama would be the likely 2008 presidential candidate. Or maybe it was clear back then, to Webb? I was most unimpressed by Obama's keynote at the 2004 Democratic convention, but then again as a foreigner I was not part of the intended audience.

When the capital development of a country becomes a by-product of the activities of a casino, the job is likely to be ill-done. — John M. Keynes
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 06:17:02 PM EST
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I don't think that article had anything to do with presidential politics unless Webb had aspirations of his own, which was my first thought.  I wonder if Webb even knew who Obama was back then.  I didn't.  No, I think Webb's idea of a Scots-Irish/African American political realignment is his own original thinking.  That's why it got my attention.  It's first time I had read anything so close to my own thinking, and in the Wall Street Journal of all places.

We all bleed the same color.
by budr on Sat May 31st, 2008 at 07:19:04 PM EST
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