April 28, 2005

WHY THE HOOD IS RUNNING SCARED:

Red state?: West Virginia shift (The Charleston Gazette, 4/27/05)

Several times, we have posed this question for political experts: Why did West Virginia — long a Roosevelt-and-Kennedy Democratic “blue state” — become a Republican “red state” in the past two presidential elections, despite 2-to-1 Democratic registration?

Why did this low-income state vote for the party of the rich — a party openly slashing help for common Americans and giving huge rewards to the wealthy?

We never received an explanation from any of the state’s political professors or other societal analysts. But an answer was offered by one of the world’s premier journals, Le Monde of Paris.

In a long report titled “What’s the matter with West Virginia?” the French newspaper said the Mountain State has been pulled to the right by exaggerated patriotism, love of guns, Bible Belt fundamentalism, resentment of liberal intellectuals, and defense of the coal industry against environmentalism.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 28, 2005 1:06 PM
Comments

Boy the condescion just dripping from this article. And turning to a French newspaper for analysis?

Perhaps it is because the current Democratic party is no longer the party of FDR and JFK. One has to seriously wonder if today's Dem leadership would have fought WW2. JFK pushed for tax cuts which are anathama to today's Dems.

John Miller at NRO today and other political analysts keep saying Byrd is a safe reelect. Given the conservative shift going on in WV and Bryd's advanced age and increasing nuttiness I think they are underestimating the upset potential here.

Posted by: AWW at April 28, 2005 1:37 PM

They all sound like good reasons to vote Republican. Hopefully they've had enough of Sen. Rockefeller IV, the friend of the common man. Thanks Le Monde.

Posted by: ed at April 28, 2005 1:45 PM

What made West Virgina go Democratic and what made the states to the northeast go Democratic may have been in synch back in the glory days of the unions in the 1930s through the 60s. But their interests have diverged since then, and due to superior numbers, the northeastern (and now Pacific Coast) idea of what the Democratic Party represents has carried the day, leaving West Virginia either with the choice of laying back and enjoying it or switching parties. The only real surprise is it took as long as it did for the change to take place.

Posted by: John at April 28, 2005 3:55 PM

God, guns, and guts--of course the Froggies don't get it.

Posted by: Lou Gots at April 29, 2005 2:21 PM
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