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04/12/2004

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Neil Sinhababu

Welcome back! We missed you.

IOZ

In fact, the Carrie Bradshaw lifetime budgetary line-item for "Shoe Expenses" was $40,000 (100 pairs x $400/per). When Carrie did the multiplyin' she forgot a zero--this was the joke. $4,000 isn't so bad, she says (I'm paraphrasing). Forty, Miranda deadpans.

This just serves to emphasize the lunacy of this fictional demographic. $40,000/year is nearly the median American HOUSEHOLD income.

Salon. Preposterous.

praktike

Well effing said.

MDtoMN

I like your analysis, and I was thinking something similar myself. While I know that we need a strong economic message thate appeals to all Americans, I wonder if the Democratic Party has focused too much on the High Turn out, married, established, middle class. Obviously you need to court them and the old, but I think you really could turn out and capture a lot more of the youth, poor, minority and single woman vote if you simply spoke to their issues more. I was a college student only 3 years ago, and I was fascinated by politics. However, I remember listening to every politician and making the decision as though I were some future, married, established me, simply because none of them were addressing my problems at the moment - tuition costs, rent costs, health care needs in the summer, etc.

aRuss

JUST SO WE DON'T FORGET:

Fourteen years ago U.S. Ambassador April Gilespie was talking with Sadam Hussein and he told her:

"You can come to Iraq with aircraft and missiles, but do not push us to the point where we cease to care. And when we feel that you want to injure our pride and take away the Iraqis' chance of a high standard of living, then we will cease to care and death will be the choice for us. Then we would not care if you fired 100 missiles for each missile we fired. Because without pride life would have no value." http://wanniski.com/PrintPage.asp?TextID=3182

Unfortunately our troops were forced into their country without cause. They have stolen the Iraqis' pride and must now fight to find their way out. How sad.

R  Wells

Decembrist: Katha Pollitt echoes the point, in the Nation a week or so back. While she stresses that the "single woman" does not represent "a coherent demographic," there are nonetheless some basic things a democratic campaign could cohere around. As single women are "disproportionately young, mobile, struggling and/or very, very poor," they could perhaps be mobilized around the issues you mention--child care, pay equity, health care, education. But this, Pollitt then writes, is also the main difficulty:

The trouble with going after single women, those fans of progressive change, is that one has to offer them something progressive. Pay equity, for example, comes in at the top of polls of women's concerns--yet in the primary debates, Carol Moseley Braun was the only candidate who made an issue of it. Or take healthcare: Why doesn't Kerry's plan cover all of the 44 million Americans--disproportionately female Americans, by the way--now without health insurance? Education? Do the Dems really talk about fixing the public schools in ways that would affect single mothers? Tom Geoghegan, Mark Dudzik and Adolph Reed have all suggested in these pages that the Democrats mobilize young voters by proposing to make college free. It's a great idea, but nobody picked up on it. One could easily come up with similar lures for the votes of single women--a federal living wage, universal public preschool and after-school (don't forget, singles with kids don't have the luxury of staying home with them), heck, free birth control. It will be interesting to see if the Democratic campaign to sign up these voters involves offering them things they want or just telling them that they want what's on offer.

At the risk of appearing stuck in the lefty echo chamber, I'd also note that William Greider has added to the doubt in the most recent Nation. The economic policy team Kerry has assembled seems (thus far) more inclined towards the bond market and other center-right DLC niceties, than with taking a chance on what--in theory anyway--is a critical component of its own base.

4rentinla

I liked "Sex and the City" very. There a lot of truth about our life. Those girls are unbelievable and unique.

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