Saturday, May 17, 2008

Skirt Appalachia at your Peril

In today's The New York Times, Charles M. Blow writes an op-ed about how The Chosen One can win in the general election without carrying the Appalachian region.

Part of Clinton's win-while-losing argument is that her husband won more than half the region's states in both elections, and so can she. Unfortunately, she is not the Bill Clinton of 2008. Obama is, and his candidacy could energize enough young voters and African-Americans to shift the landscape of swing states.
This speculative piece is filled with more "what ifs" than a grain silo on the Mississippi Delta. No matter how many additional African-Americans and young voters go to the polls because Obama heads the Democratic ticket, their numbers do not offset rural and female voters who stay home or vote for McCain.

But don't take the howler's word for it; go ahead and take peak. Its eye-popping assumptions are more fantasy land from Obamatrons; fortunately, the telling graphs do not lie.

Why must you continue to marginalize black and young voters? If Hillary tries to sabotage Obama's chances and runs again in 2012, these same voters will stay at home or vote for someone else. Black voters aren't going to forget how Hillary said they weren't hardworking because they aren't white and from Appalachia. I guess then we'll have 8 years of McCain, thanks to the divisiveness of the Clintons.

Also how is she going to win these swing states against voters she insulted because they aren't "working class" and white or didn't vote for her in the primary?

News flash--Rural voters haven't voted for a Democratic presidential nominee in years, and they are going to vote for someone en masse, it isn't going to be Hillary Clinton. Also, Obama has won the rural vote in many Southern and Western states, but I guess it doesn't matter because they were caucus states or have smaller populations (most have the same EV votes than WV or more).

Hillary Clinton is also not ASSURED wins in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. I love how the Clintons think a primary win means they will carry the state in the fall. With Hillary at the top of the ticket, expect a mass GOP mobilization against her. We have to win a NATIONAL ELECTION, not a primary centered in Appalachia.

Remember, there are many other states in the U.S. as well...
John and Howler: Your arguments suggest why WE ALL are going to lose OUR country to the filthy Republicans ONE MORE DAMN TIME. Between Obama and Hillary, there are 2 fonkin' votes on election day. THEY will not decide who's the next President: WE WILL. WE will either stay home because our Democrat was not chosen as the nominee, or WE will go and vote for a Democrat who MUST DEFEAT John McCain.

Do either of you think for one minute the Republicans will stay home on election day because they feel John McCain isn't "conservative enough"? Give me a break! Republicans know he's a nuckfut, but REPUBLICANS WILL VOTE FOR A NUCKFUT ANYWAY. Judas H. Priest, they voted for Dubya twice!

Listen, I understand why you're frustrated. I'm right there with you. BUT, at this point in the game, all we can do is help educate our fellow voters about the slimy, dirtball Republican Party that has driven our great country to the precipice, so that they, as we, will do the right thing on November 4.
Hi I just came across your site and wondered if you wouldn't mind linking to my blog, "Bitter White Folks for Obama" - I'm trying to get the working-class, rural, white, Protestant "Appalachian" demographic (and their descendants and diaspora, of which I am one) behind him as much as I am able by sounding off from my own vantage point. From what I've been reading about Obama's "Appalachian Problem", this is going to be an absolutely crucial task for the next two months as it may be them who decide where things go (many of those battleground areas, for instance in eastern Ohio are primarily Appalachian migrants to the North). My biggest obstacle so far is that my blog is not yet showing up in Google even after almost a week of existence because not enough other sites are linked to it yet, although I've already gotten over 400 hits even without that - so would you mind linking to it so that I can start making more of an impact? I'd really appreciate it! I'll link ya
back. Jason.
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