Originally posted by Scott
Your stereotype is insulting to the people there. Plus in one swipe he links and insults a wide range of voters. Brilliant?
As someone born and raised in Mississippi, I would argue that Dean's comment was only offensive to the people who actually do vote for gays, guns, and God. The anger comes from what I call "redneck logic," which means that sometimes a redneck will be mad about something they've done that was stupid. Say they sawed their arms off. Then the redneck comes to you for sympathy, but you respond with an honest answer: that was pretty dumb of you to saw your arms off. Then the redneck gets pissed as hell at you.
What Dean *should* have said is that you folks in the South ought not let the Republicans treat you like you're so stupid that this is all you care about.
Does Dean understand the South? No. Does anyone? No.
If the Dems want to take back the South, which I firmly believe they can and should (they're going to lose California soon, and that there's the ballgame), they need to point out the ways that the right has defined the South into what amounts to little more than a caricature of itself. NASCAR! BEER! REG-LUR GUY! The South is, if anything, fiercely
anti-authoritarian, and the right has tapped into this in ways that the left, well, has utterly screwed up. If the South is going to go Dem again, it's going to be because the Dems successfully paint the right as big gummit, big business, outsiders coming in here and telling us what to do. If the Dems want to win the South again, it'll be because they focus on local issues.
Don't be pissed when Dean sinks it. You'll be lucky if he's out after the midterms. [/B]
If he sinks it, he sinks it, and that's fine. I want a massive schism in both parties. The Dems could move a little to the left and become true centrists. They could kick out all the fringe folks and fringe issues. Then a hard left minority party could emerge for them. The centrist dems could siphon off more than a few moderate Republicans (McCain, etc.).