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Bob Moser

Contributing Writer

Bob Moser, the author of Blue Dixie: Awakening the South’s Democratic Majority, writes about politics and religion for The New Yorker and other outlets.


  • March 12, 2008

    The View from Jackson

    I could analyze Senator Barack Obama's Mississippi win all day--and wouldn't that be a kick? But I wouldn't be able to do nearly as provocative a job as Donna Ladd, editor of the hell-raising Jackson Free Press, and her election-night blogmates.

    The post-primary story from the pundisphere was all about the stark racial disparity in the vote, and it was stark indeed, with exit polls showing 91 percent of African Americans going for Obama and 72 percent of whites for Senator Hillary Clinton. But there were other ways to read the Mississippi results, as the Free Press blog points out. For one thing, the strong white vote for Clinton was skewed, as Ladd points out, by Republicans turning out to vote for the New York Senator; 13 percent of the primary voters identified as GOPers, and nearly 80 percent of them went for Clinton. And while older people voted for Clinton, the future looks interesting for Mississippi Democrats; 72 percent of voters under 30 went for Obama, considerably more than the 60 percent overall.

    Choice observations from the Magnolia State's progressive universe:

    Bob Moser

  • PoliticsMarch 6, 2008

    Who Would Jesus Vote For?

    The new evangelicals are rejecting the religious right and embracing a broader social gospel.

    Bob Moser

  • Election 2008February 14, 2008

    Purple Obama

    While Obama was winning over Virginians he was not supposed to have a prayer with, McCain was losing some voters he must have.

    Bob Moser

  • Election 2008December 20, 2007

    South Carolina: Inside the ‘Black Primary’

    As Clinton and Obama square off in South Carolina, a window opens on the fractured state of black politics. It's been an extended soul search. And it ain't over yet.

    Bob Moser

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  • Election 2008November 29, 2007

    Fumbling Florida

    Have Democrats already blown the biggest swing state?

    Bob Moser

  • Election 2008November 8, 2007

    Blue Tide In Kentucky–and Virginia

    Democrats gained steam in Tuesday's off-year elections, making it even more obvious that two significant Southern states are up for grabs in 2008.

    Bob Moser

  • Election 2008October 22, 2007

    The New GOP Means Business

    Forget Values Voters. With Bushism discredited and mainstream Republicans looking for candidates with business savvy and competence, Democrats may be facing far more formidable foes than they imagined.

    Bob Moser

  • ActivismSeptember 13, 2007

    Kentucky at War

    Opposition to the Iraq War has created some unlikely alliances in Kentucky, much to the chagrin of Senator Mitch McConnell.

    Bob Moser

  • Election 2008July 25, 2007

    Purple America

    Democrats are poised to seize a historic opportunity to win back voters in the South and West they started losing four decades ago.

    Bob Moser

  • Campaigns and ElectionsApril 27, 2007

    The Democrats’ Depressing Debate

    The candidates ignored race, class and religion, and fumbled the key question of how to get out of Iraq.

    Bob Moser

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