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The comments by Matthew Dowd (a former chief strategist for George W. Bush) in a recent interview with The New York Times were noteworthy. Among other things, he called for "gentleness" in U.S. politics.

     Dowd said that: "I think we should design campaigns that appeal not to 51 percent of the people, but bring the country together as a whole."

     This is a direct repudiation of White House political strategist Karl Rove’s "splitters" or divide-and-conquer politics. Among other things, this is a politics that exploits divisions between Democratic-leaning states and Republican-leaning ones.


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