Monday, May 12, 2008

In Lieu of a West Virginia Post...

Tomorrow, West Virginia will come out in full force and rally behind Hillary and give her a gargantuan sized win over Barack Obama. It sucks, but it's true.

So let's just turn our attention elsewhere, shall we? Check out this great poll from

The Oregon primary is on May 20th, a week away. Tomorrow is West Virginia---la la la la la la la la, I can't HEAR you, la la la la la la la ...

See the orange dots? That's Obama. See the blue dots? That's Hillary. See the numbers? They show Obama's projected win over Hillary when Oregonians will come out in full force and rally behind Obama and give him a gargantuan sized win over Hillary. I think we should all just stay positive about this thing, and realize that the voters in Oregon will put Obama over the top in the delegate count. The people will decide this for Obama.

If you want some real analysis and not just my hand over my ears singing la la la la la about West Virginia, I suggest you check out this post from Daily Kos. It makes the point that Appalachia may be the most homogeneous region in the United States and the most insular and uneducated and poor--you know, Hillary's demographic. They don't take too kindly to no outsiders there...

From the post:

The ethnic and cultural character of this part of the country has been more static since the 19th century than anyplace in America. Outside of some of the new growth areas north of Atlanta or Huntsville, or in some of the college towns, most of the people in Appalachia trace their heritage back to immigrants from the borderlands of Northern Britain who began settling the region over 200 years ago. Outside of the Northern part of Appalachia—Pennsylvania in particular—relatively few Eastern or Southern Europeans from the great waves of immigration that started in the 1880's have moved in to the area. It's the most homogeneous region in America. The region is home to few Catholics, and is heavily Baptist and Methodist.

In the 19th century, migrants from Appalachia moved west. People from Appalachia settled and put their stamp on the Ozark region of Missouri and Arkansas, on Okalahoma and the southern Plains, on North Texas, and eventually they were a big part of the initial growth of Southern California.

West Virgina and Kentucky are right in the heart of Appalachia, so I don't think Obama will fare well there, but he has done very well with whites everywhere else, as is explained in the post.

Come on Oregon! Let's show West Virginia that there's nothing to fear, but fear itself! We can move forward! We can overcome our past divides!

Check out this post too from Daily Kos. It explains how and why West Virginia shouldn't be written off and the people forgotten there. Yes, they're voting for Hillary, but they are a swing state and can be persuaded to see things in a new light if they're not talked down to.

West Virginia, I can't hear you! *hands over ears* La la la la la la la la...but, I want to hear you. I think you should be heard. We all should.

Because, this land was made for you and me. This land is your land. And, this land is my land.


Michele said...

I just want to tell you I've been enjoying reading your blog! You are a terrific writer.

Laura said...

Thank you very much, Michele. I'm enjoying it and hope others are too! Well, except for the depressing posts...but, they're important subjects to talk about.

I'm glad you're here!

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