Hillary Clinton Beats Barack Obama in Pennsylvania--Old Networks Beat New Networks in Politics.

Hillary Clinton’s win over Barack Obama last night reflects many things but the one that most intrigues me is that it was the triumph of traditional network politics over modern network politics. What do I mean? Pennsylvania remains an old-style Democratic machine state, with strong state and local organizations that turn out the vote. Independents are not part of these networks and can’t vote. These organizations are the networks of 19th and 20th century politics and they turned out the vote. They are also the networks of older, poorer, more culturally “traditional” people.

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