Montgomery County goes Democratic

This thesis is about the Republican Party in Philadelphia, but the entire region can teach lessons.

For the first time since 1978, Bucks County, north of the city, has more registered Democrats than Republicans, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer today. Montgomery County, too, is a Philadelphia suburb that has seen a rise in Democrats on their rolls despite a sold Republican presence since at least the Ronald Reagan administration in the 1980s.

With Pennsylvania embroiled in a heated Democratic presidential primary, pitting Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the party is attracting new voters and finding Independents and even Republicans going Donkey, if only for the chance to weigh in on what may be a decisive primary.

The Democratic edge is small, just 3,000 and a fraction of a point, but the important lesson is how one competitive election can bring about wild rises and falls in voter interests, persuasions and registrations.

Still, Chester and Delaware Counties, other surrounding Philadelphia suburbs, remain largely Republican.

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  4. Constructive Feedback says:

    I am a former Philadelphia resident. I am studying the pattern of what is going on with amazement. (I am a conservative independent).

    Where as every time I debate a “depressed quasi-socialist liberal” I ask them to tell me the city that they live in. Nearly without fail when I do the research – Philly, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Youngstown, Akron, St. Louis – I find absolute DEMOCRATIC domination in these depressed areas.

    What is going on here?
    Clearly they have gotten angry some time before and decided to “chance those conservative Republicans out of office because they sound like my repressive boss”. Now that they have nothing but fellow liberal Democrats to stare at – they seem to be EXPANDING OUTWARD rather than realizing how much their economic, social and political assumptions have been a failure.

    It is clear that the Republicans and people who study Democrats like I do – need a different strategy. The need is to hold a mirror up to these people’s faces, ask them what they are striving for and then force them to look into the mirror and be honest with them selves – admitting that despite their growth in head count – they remain depressed and it is time to do some introspection rather than battling conservatives.

    What am I missing here?

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