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Democrats must learn to play the religion game — and not get hung up on Barack Obama

In their despair, some Democratic commentators have compared 2004 to 1964, the Lyndon Johnson landslide that destroyed the GOP and forced Barry Goldwater and his southern and western conservatives to re-imagine the Republican party.

But this is not 1964, when Johnson won 61 per cent of the popular vote and 486 electoral college votes. Bush won by what was still a relatively small margin, against a weak candidate lacking the common touch of Bill Clinton or even Al Gore. Rather than sinking into despair and tearing apart the party, Democrats must consider the kind of tweaks they need to make…

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