November 15, 2004
THE NEW COLOSSUS (via AWW):
Be thankful for those Mass. immigrants (BERNADETTE MALONE, 11/14/04, Manchester Union Leader)
according to exit polls, the New Hampshire voters who supported Bush were overwhelmingly suburban. They were from the southern part of the state. And, you know what's coming next: they had moved here from Massachusetts. It�s the New Hampshire natives and folks living in the state�s small towns and rural areas who voted for John Kerry. Get a load of these numbers:
Thirty-four percent of Granite Staters who voted in this election were born in-state, and they voted for Kerry, 50-49, which is the same percentage by which he won New Hampshire. But the 29 percent of New Hampshire voters who had moved in from Massachusetts voted for Bush, 52-48. Could it be that these migrants moved to New Hampshire to escape the liberal tyranny of Massachusetts, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry? And that they were attracted to the conservative values New Hampshire alone represents in New England?
Compare these wise Bay Staters to those who moved to New Hampshire from other states, and who made up 38 percent of the electorate. They voted for Kerry 53-47. Wow! Maybe New Hampshire should ban migration from every state except Massachusetts, giving Bay Staters a special entry deal like the Cubans get from the federal government -- if you can make it across the border, we won't send you back to that Communist hellhole.
The wailing about the southern part of the state becoming more like Massachusetts needs to be reconsidered in light of this figure: Voters from Southern New Hampshire supported Bush 54-45 percent, more strongly than the North Country, which went for Bush 52-48 percent. Concord and the Central Valley preferred Kerry, 57-41, and industrial areas voted for Kerry 52-47.
And yes, living in those much-maligned suburbs, with all their strip-malls and sprawl, are the best friends the Bush campaign had in the state.
No one climbed over the Wall because they supported Erich Honecker. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 15, 2004 7:59 PM