Claremore’s Brad Carson is extensively quoted in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine saying that championing nationalism is what Democrats must do to win elections this autumn.
“In most of the country,” Carson is quoted, “nationalism is as normal as breathing.
“The Democrats have to look like they axiomatically stand up for America’s interests if they’re going to be competitive,” he said, “...this holds true across thirty states.
“The well-heeled New York, Northern California world of Democrats considers nationalism a very discredited concept, that nationalism equals brown shirts.
“I live in a blood red state, I know,” Carson said.
The magazine notes that Carson lost his 2004 Senate bid to Republican Tom Coburn that writer Jeffery Goldberg opined is “the among the farthest right members of the Senate.”
At another part in the nine-page report, Carson explained his loss to Coburn:
“I had this notion that I could convince people who were skeptical of national Democrats to vote for me because I could bring home the bacon, or because I could find some personal pitch to them.
“But it was very hard for people to separate me out from Hillary Clinton. All their ads were Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John Edwards and me. That said I was more liberal than those guys, and that if I went to Washington I’de be supporting their agenda. I found that extremely difficult to overcome,” said Carson, who quit Congress to run for the vacant Senate seat. He was quoted in the May 29 edition of The New Yorker.