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Harry Reid
Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats
Nowhere to go but up for Southern Democrats

There have been five federal elections — three midterms and two presidential cycles — since the October 2006 publication of my book, "Whistling Past Dixie." In it I argued that, given the Democratic Party's declining southern fortunes, the party should develop a non-southern national electoral strategy. To put it mildly, the book received a mixed response from Democratic pundits, politicians and party leaders. David "Mudcat" Saunders, the self-appointed guru of Democratic Bubba-dom, told me to "kiss his Rebel" backside. Former Democratic National Committee chair Donnie Fowler poked me in the chest with his finger at the party's 2007...