14 May, 2008


As I've remarked to friends on more than once occasion, Obama doesn't really have a problem with swing states, it's just that Appalachians really hate him (or love Clinton). Via Ezra Klein, Josh Marshall has an interesting analysis of this phenomenon. It seems that Obama wins just about everywhere except this band of mountains that runs from upstate New York down to Tennessee.

My initial reaction is "fuck 'em". Obama has the ability to create and win new swing states like Wisconsin, Virginia, Colorado, and New Mexico. Why should we care about West Virginia and Ohio? They seem to be mostly racists anyway.

On the other hand, Appalachia is the region that is perhaps most committed to the Democrats' social programs.

1 comment:

A Bitter, Bitter Man :) said...

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.