Monday, January 26, 2009

Not Drinking the Kool-Aid

Denver Nicks, writer for the Daily Beast, hits the streets to talk to the citizens of Oklahoma to gauge their feelings about their new President. No state was more anti-Obama in this election.

Obama lost every county. And while nearly every county in America went more Democratic in 2008 than in 2004, southeastern Oklahoma is in a political red sea in the center of the country that responded to “yes we can” with a resounding “I hope we don’t,” voting significantly more Republican than it did four years ago.

His findings were disturbing, to say the least. Don't let the TV tell you racism is dead, cause it ain't:

As a corollary to this new populism, another persistent theme emerged during my travels in Oklahoma. Though many people were reluctant to go on the record saying so, most agreed that racism played an important role in Obama’s especially poor showing in the state. Bill Morgan is owner, editor-and-chief, reporter, and columnist of the Hughes County Times, and has lived in Wetumka for over half a century. He is theatrically cantankerous and unabashedly Republican. The November 5 headline of his newspaper read “Hughes County, Oklahoma, ‘No Wanna’ Obama.”

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