Cross Posted From Article of Faith:
“Sen. Joseph Biden says he can hold his own in a 2008 presidential primary against Democratic contenders from the South, noting that his home state of Delaware was a “slave state.”
“You don’t know my state,” he said. “My state was a slave state. My state is a border state. My state has the eighth-largest black population in the country. My state is anything but a Northeast liberal state.”
What I’ve liked about Howard Dean’s reign as Chairman of the DNC so far is his goal to make the Dems players in “all 50 states”. Just because some of us are stuck in seas of red down here, doesn’t mean we should just be written off, yet Joe Biden is intimating that any run he makes for the White House can ignore the south.
I can understand ignoring certain states in the general election, where results are doomed against you and resources can be spent better somewhere else.
But the primaries are a different matter. John Kerry made quite an effort in the south in the ’04 primaries, winning Georgia (which I worked for) and several other states over John Edwards, who only won South Carolina, if I remember correctly.
I like Joe Biden as much as the next person, but if his presidential aspirations are going to deliberately circumvent the south, or worse, try to relate to us in a condescending manner by talking up his “slave state” roots, his is a doomed effort.