All I have to say about this last election

is in response to this extremely popular Webpage, which, in email form, has been filling the inboxes of almost everybody I know. It’s an angry anti-South diatribe, which, when I was a few weeks younger and lived in the North, I might have found funny, but now that I am a few weeks older and live in the South I find misconcieved.

My complaint is that it casts Bush’s win this year as the fault of the South, as though party lines were perfectly split along the Mason Dixon line. It’s an understandable error

7 Comments so far

  1. Mike Hoffman (unregistered) on November 17th, 2004 @ 12:49 pm

    While your last post might have given the impression that you’re relatively old and out of touch with pop culture – you’ve hit the issue dead on, on this one.

    This issue has been brought up many times under the analysis of those that first sought out the difference between the actual voting results and the exit poll predictions. In any context, extremists will help determine stereotypes. As long as Jeff Foxworthy is able to maintain an income, that’s not going away any time soon.

  2. Ray (unregistered) on November 17th, 2004 @ 1:31 pm

    Just one little nit to pick: It’s Orleans Parish, not Orleans County. Otherwise: a big “Amen.”

  3. Chris Martel (unregistered) on November 18th, 2004 @ 4:15 pm

    Despite the voting trends and facts that you correctly point out, I think the most important thing to note is that the author of has been suckered into participating in the republican strategy of dividing the country. Since the rise of Rush Limbaugh, the strategy has been to depict urban liberals as elitist, godless, baby killing snobs. It doesn’t have to be true, but if they can get enough people to believe it, they will win.

    By writing an angry rant and spreading it on the internet, the writer only serves to further the stereotypes and breed more misunderstanding and hatred.

    You can’t blame your fellow countrymen for the way they vote- the blame is on the Bush campaign for misleading them, and better yet, the Democrats for picking a shitty candidate, running a shitty campaign, and underestimating their opponent. Not to mention all the seats they lost in congress.

  4. youareignorant (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2004 @ 11:24 pm

    you obviously haven’t lived in Louisiana very long.

    They are called “parishes” not “counties.”

  5. maxsparber (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2004 @ 1:18 am

    Thank you, youareignorant. I cut and pasted from CNN, and should have proofed better. Despite this, I am already aware that Orleans is a parish and not a county, and, had I not been, a previous commenter already pointed it out.

  6. dave (unregistered) on November 23rd, 2004 @ 4:16 pm

    Well according to an article in the Los Angeles Times, of the 100 fastest growing counties in the United Staets, 97 voted for Bush. This does not bold well for the DNC.

    The Democrats have solidified their base among old line affluent suburbs such as those in Fairfax County (old rich DC) and Bucks County, PA (old rich Philadelphia). Bucks County has voted GOP in every presidential election since McKeithen (?Sp). Al Gore was for the first DNC to carry that county. It voted even more democratic this time for Kerry. Fairfax County hasn’t voted for a DNC candidate in years. By the way, I lived in MA for 12 years. It’s far, far more capitalist and money oriented then LA. Boston is the home of the mutual fund industry and second to NYC in the number of investment advisors, money mgrs and also a major center of insurance. I don’t think any state is ultra-liberal, especially in this day. LA’s capitalism is more of a LAtin American variety.

  7. James (unregistered) on November 28th, 2004 @ 9:18 pm

    “Orleans County”?! O.k., I’m beating a dead horse and am not addressing your point but this is so . . . I don’t know what :-)

    Seriously, thanks for recognizing the culture of the other ‘half’ of the south.

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