Friday, October 22, 2004

A good question

Amen to The Gadflyer:

But why is Democratic weakness in the South more newsworthy than Republican weakness on the coasts? Yes, as Brownstein notes, “Kerry appears to have conceded 141 [Southern] electoral college votes…to Bush.” But Bush has conceded at least 143 to Kerry (California, Illinois, New York, Illinois, southern New England, Maryland and DC). Will that be the focus of his next column?

This is something that has bugged me for years. Why do we keep talking about the Democratic party's "Southern Problem" when the Republicans have an equal, if not worse problem on both coasts? Why is there this assumption in politics that the South is somehow more representative of America than the rest of the nation?

Gee, and here I thought The North won the Civil War.


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