"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Monday, November 08, 2004

The Republican Ghetto

E.J. Dionne, writing in the Washington Post (italics mine):
Even Democrats have talked about their party's being confined to an "enclave." Enclave? Blue America includes the entire Northeast, all of the West Coast but for Alaska and much of the upper Midwest. If John Kerry had switched a point and a half in the popular vote and roughly 70,000 votes in Ohio, we'd be talking about the Republican "enclave." Rove's strategy has largely confined the GOP to the South and the Mountain West, rural America and the outer suburbs.

Look at the electoral map below, showing red counties for Bush and blue counties for Kerry, nationwide. Chortle heartily at Dionne's cluelessness, while marveling that he is an influential columnist at a prestigious newspaper.

"Oh, no," says the GOP, like Brer Rabbit, "please don't confine me to the briar patch of the South, and the Mountain West, and rural America, and the outer suburbs, and much of the Northeast, and much of the West Coast including Alaska, and much of the upper Midwest, and..."