Monday, November 22, 2004

WAL-MART -- A MODEL FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY?

I must say that Michael Barone's article in US News makes this compelling argument.

It's simple, Sam Walton made a mammoth fortune by creating retail stores in suburban and exurban communities that were considered "unprofitable markets" by Sears or JCPenney. Of course, we all know how profitable they really are. And we know how successful Wal-Mart became at the expense of everyone else. Parenthetically, Sear, Penneys and the rest never challenged or adopted Wal-Mart's model.

The Republicans have apparently adopted this model. Why waste your time on New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, etc.? Aim for everywhere else. And when you take a look at the blue "islands" in the sea of red, it looks like a model that works in politics, too.

Question is, will the Democrats continue to rely on the large, urban areas and ignore the rest?

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