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The Hatfield 'n' McCoy vote
Townhall.com ^ | July 20, 2008 | Salena Zito

Posted on 07/20/2008 4:23:24 AM PDT by Kaslin

“The Appalachian voting bloc will be critical in the … 2008 presidential election,” former Democratic National Committee executive director Mark Siegel says.

Yet his broad statement comes with its own geopolitical caveat: location.

“It all depends on what part of Appalachia you are talking about,” says Siegel. “If they live in Pennsylvania and Ohio, then, yes, without a doubt they are the key voters. If they live in West Virginia, then no, because for the Democrats that is not a state that is in play.”

Appalachia is not a single state but a region that has its own unique frame (or perhaps frames) of mind that extend well past the borders of West Virginia and Kentucky, the states most often associated with the term.

As a geographical entity, Appalachia cuts a diagonal path from western New York to Alabama and Mississippi. The regions and cultures that go along with it include big swaths of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee.

Who are the people that live, work, raise families, go to church, defend their country and die in this region?

According to U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., the bulk of them descended from Ulster Scots (lowland Scots who migrated to the Ulster plantation in Ireland) -- a hybrid people, “strong and unfulfilled,” who came to America looking for a new start.

Descendents of the great Scottish warrior William Wallace, these immigrants brought with them a distrust of a heavy-handed government, a demand to worship God as they saw fit, the right to bear arms and the zeal to protect their country -- far more than any other ethnicity.

Many of those core values remained with these people as they settled in Appalachia, even as they married other early settlers such as Germans, Welsh and Native Americans.

Exactly who are these voters today?

In the Democrats’ primaries, they were the white lower- to middle-class voters in Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, Western Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia who went heavily for Sen. Hillary Clinton.

They are not activists who attend rallies and speak out -- but they will vote.

They are hurting economically, the people most impacted by spiraling gas prices because they drive -- to work, to shop, to the doctor, or to care for an elderly parent -- and they have no alternatives.

Government has forgotten them in many ways and taken them for granted in others.

These voters are dedicated to family, country and God. That is not to say they wear those things on their sleeve for all to see; they don't talk about those things unless asked.

They are simple people who want their leaders to be honest with them.

All of which is why they became Reagan Democrats: Reagan sided with them on love of country and on economics. Today, the question is whether they will give that same level of support to John McCain.

Many of them respect McCain’s service and dedication to country -- but their pocketbooks have been emptied, and it happened on the Republicans’ watch.

“Economically, they should be voting Democratic,” says Siegel. “In terms of social values, they should be trending Republican. They are a very difficult political target.”

Political analyst and numbers-cruncher Michael Barone has noticed problems for Obama among this voting bloc, which he refers to as “Jacksonian” -- for the famed Scots-Irish president who was a friend to the warrior class in Appalachia.

“I don’t know if it is enough of a problem yet, time will tell,” Barone says. But he believes the challenge for Obama is that he is viewed as an elitist by many of these people.

Along with that, a tinge of racism is at play. But clearly it goes beyond that, to Obama’s style, his substance and the way he carries himself.

Everyone thought Karl Rove and George W. Bush were crazy to spend time and money in West Virginia in 2000; a Democrat-blue state, it only went Republican in 1972 and 1984. What Democrats missed was the change in their party from Bill Clinton to elite -- and it cooked Al Gore and sank John Kerry.

No academic has scientifically determined if Appalachia’s Scots-Irish heritage can predict its natives’ voting patterns.

That means the hows and whys of their vote remain wildly unpredictable -- as well as crucial to Obama and McCain, both of whom can claim Scots-Irish heritage.


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1 posted on 07/20/2008 4:23:25 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The Reagan Democrats - not the kind of people who see Obama as a kindred spirit.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 07/20/2008 4:26:04 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
not the kind of people who see Obama as a kindred spirit

And John McCain even less so.

3 posted on 07/20/2008 4:28:18 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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To: Kaslin

Obama has already promised to raise taxes. Voting Democrat this year is economic suicide. I’d like to remind them that our pocketbooks have emptied under a Democrat controlled congress that promised to cut gas prices in some magical way, but have done NOTHING as gas prices doubled.

PA won’t be a problem for Obama: PA will write in Perot - err, Paul -r Hillary to teach the Republicans a “lesson”, which will ensure an Obama victory.


4 posted on 07/20/2008 4:53:15 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: Kaslin

But they went heavily for Hillary Clinton.


5 posted on 07/20/2008 4:54:51 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Only a Kennedy between us and tyranny.)
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To: Kaslin
"...crucial to Obama and McCain, both of whom can claim Scots-Irish heritage."

FOFLOL!!

6 posted on 07/20/2008 4:55:28 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
West Virginia would have been in play for Hillary. It won't be in play for Obama. So look for it to turn Red again this year.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

7 posted on 07/20/2008 4:56:52 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: Kaslin; All

Obama “can” claim Scots-Irish heritage, but he has not and likely will not. He is trying to convince African-Americans that he is Black-enough to be embraced by them. When he does discuss his being partially White, it is in jest. Like he is Dick Cheney’s cousin, or his grandmother is a typical white person (afraid of Blacks). etc.

His identity politics leaves him without an identity.


8 posted on 07/20/2008 4:59:16 AM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: cake_crumb

I get to talk to a lot of old ladies here in PA, the Alabama part of PA. They are not writing in Clinton. They’re ok with voting for McCain in protest against Obama’s nomination.
They’re Dems, been Dems since Roosevelt, some of them, but it seems that McCain is a special case. Whether it’s because of his POW history or his centrist (Demophile) behavior in the Senate, these old folks will cast their vote for McCain without even a clothespin.
One of my neighbors was the kingpin of the local Hillary organization. He’s a vet of Korea and Vietnam. Never voted R in his life. He’s voting for McCain too.
Philly and P’burgh skew the results, but most of PA is bitter God ‘n’ Guns. Obama will not win PA.


9 posted on 07/20/2008 5:05:09 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Only a Kennedy between us and tyranny.)
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To: goldstategop

I don’t doubt McCain will win WV. I’m just saying that Scots-Irish isn’t what it used to be, if they bought the Clinton snake oil.


10 posted on 07/20/2008 5:07:01 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (Only a Kennedy between us and tyranny.)
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To: shalom aleichem

Just the IDEA of Obama the Magic Negro claiming Scots-Irish heritage after playing the race card every day for the past two years is hysterically funny.


11 posted on 07/20/2008 5:11:38 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

I’ve met more Democrats - union members, no less - who plan on voting for McCain as a vote against Obama than I have PA “conservatives”. Up here by the NYS border, there are still Ron Paul signs everywhere, and most people still think Bush is to blame for high gas prices because of his “oil buddies”.


12 posted on 07/20/2008 5:13:49 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: cake_crumb

Lot of Chicago city workers I’ve run into who will speak in hushed tones about it, but they too will vote McCain. First time I heard sense outta many of them.


13 posted on 07/20/2008 5:17:44 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (The goo on John Kerry's flip-flops)
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To: Hegewisch Dupa

Exactly the same here. It’s really weird.


14 posted on 07/20/2008 5:24:35 AM PDT by cake_crumb (Terrorist organizations worldwide endorse Obama.)
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To: Kaslin
O.K. me and my family come from the deepest, darkest depths of Appalachia. I know the people and I know the culture since they are mine. So I think that I can speak with some authority on the subject.

I'm going to just come out and say it: Appalachians are just not going to vote for a black man, period.

In Southwest Virginia, coal mining country, Hillary took 90% of the vote during the Rat primary. That's overwhelming. My dad, who's a retired coal miner and a life-long New Deal Democrat can't even mention Obama by name---he just refers to him as "THAT," as in I'm not going to vote for "THAT!"

And just because Westy Virginia has traditionally voted Democrat and is the home of "Sheets" Byrd (not coincidental, BTW), does NOT mean that the state will line up behind Obama.

Just my .02 worth of ranting this mroning...

15 posted on 07/20/2008 5:24:37 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: goldstategop

And still W.Va. elects that Rockafella turd.


16 posted on 07/20/2008 5:49:24 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast
What those dear ladies don't realize is that the Demonrat party isn't the party that FDR belonged to. Its a front for Communists that control it - along with the our MSM and a vast majority of the Repub party as well.
17 posted on 07/20/2008 5:51:20 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Homosexuality IS a choice! There isn't any biological reason for it. They CHOOSE to be that way!)
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To: Kaslin; All
Though I will vote for McCain only because he is (barely) the lesser of two evils I'm not convinced that elections in this country either on local, state or federal levels aren't rigged.
18 posted on 07/20/2008 5:53:48 AM PDT by proudofthesouth (Homosexuality IS a choice! There isn't any biological reason for it. They CHOOSE to be that way!)
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To: Joe Boucher
WV (where I live) is not an easy state to figure out.

Its residents are pro-God, pro-gun, pro-life, pro-military, pro-energy, but boy, are they also pro-gubmint cheese and pro-ambulance chaser.

Obama has no chance here but someone like John Edwards would have won in a landslide.

19 posted on 07/20/2008 5:58:59 AM PDT by Notary Sojac (My grandkids will ask-Was there really a time when I could get on a plane without removing my shoes?)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

“O.K. me and my family come from the deepest, darkest depths of Appalachia. I know the people and I know the culture since they are mine. So I think that I can speak with some authority on the subject.”

Well then, given your criteria, I can say that, in my neck of the woods, the color of the man’s skin has nothing to do with it.

What *does* have to do with it, is that he couldn’t be bothered to set foot in the state, as much as called us *all* racists (contrary to popular belief, there are black people living in WV ;) and insulted our deeply held mores and values (contrary to another popular belief, “education” is highly valued ;). And then he expects people to vote for him? “Not hardly!” ;)

And while we’re talking about it, there *are* Republicans in WV too. :)


20 posted on 07/20/2008 6:07:47 AM PDT by Mrs. Ranger (lamenting the death of "common sense")
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
But he believes the challenge for Obama is that he is viewed as an elitist by many of these people.

Along with that, a tinge of racism is at play. But clearly it goes beyond that, to Obama’s style, his substance and the way he carries himself.

A "tinge" of racism is at play?

Give me a break. The lamestream media will call everyone (that's not a progressive liberal) a racist if Barry doesn't win.

There are two elephants in the room - the first, Barry IS an elitist, both a Chicago politico and a sold out Washington insider.

Plus, he has claimed the identity of every nationality that has ever voted in America - white, black, African, Scot, Irish ... the list goes on. Someone should start a website poking fun at the chameleon that is Barry.

I won't vote for Barry because he is a cheatin', lying, political insider who is dirty in politics and money, a communist, a socialist, is pro-abortion and anti-American and would rather spend Saturday night drinking with treasonous fascists and Sunday morning sobering up with racists.

But the LSM will blame Appalachia ("the descendants of William Wallace") for the loss.

If Bruce Willis hadn't made a movie these elitists wouldn't know William Wallace from Ben Wallace.
21 posted on 07/20/2008 6:20:03 AM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

My Mother-In-Law, a life long dem, is voting Republican for the first time in her life, at 89 years old. oBami comes on the news she changes stations and complains about how the news fawns over him. She is a sharp cookie and, at her age, can see threw the media. She thinks oBami is a wet suit. Thought I would never see the day she would vote R. It’s great. OH yah her elderly friends feel the same.


22 posted on 07/20/2008 6:25:33 AM PDT by DeadFurrow
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To: Hegewisch Dupa
I bet on election night the polls have Obama winning big and then when he loses big the msm will have egg on its face. Digrutiled Republicans will say they voted for Obama in the exit polls and mess with msm.
23 posted on 07/20/2008 6:27:11 AM PDT by Plumres
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To: Notary Sojac

Born in Huntington but family moved when I was 4.
I go back as often as I get a chance.
Just got back about 8 weeks ago. Went to ride my motorcycle on the Blue Ridge and had to go see the bridge and gorge once again.
Also went to Summersville to Dominics Chop House an old beautiful bank converted in to my favorit restaurant in the world.
Every time I go to do whitewater rafting or sightseeing I have a most wonderful time.
Folks are just plain nice and friendly.

Would rather spend an hour in W.Va. than a week in New Jersey.


24 posted on 07/20/2008 6:29:16 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
My family background is not as deep in Appalachia as yours, at least recently, though it does go back to the earliest settlers fleeing the wrath of Lord Berkeley.

That, notwithstanding, I deeply resent the insinuation that these people are racist. Many of them ran underground railroad stations and fought for the Union in the Civil War. West Virginia, the center of Appalachia, was so pro-union that it split off from Virginia.

Eastern (Appalachian) Tennessee was solidly Republican from the Reconstruction Era while the rest of the state was part of the solid south for Democrats.

Appalachian North Carolina was so pro-Union that the Confederates wrote it off early in the war as not worth either defending or exploiting. The famed abolitionist Levi Coffin and other Quaker groups operated openly.

Even the famed Shenandoah Valley of Virgina only got fully on board with the South during the later years of the war in reaction to ill treatment by the invading Union armies.

Our own western Pennsylvania, of course, was a prime recruiting ground for some of the best and bravest of the Union Army, including General Thomas Kane whose service in the cause was so faithful that he was later given a town site which still bears his name.

What the Appalachian people deeply resent is outsiders who tell them that somehow certain folks are better than others. Does anyone prominent in American politics fit that group of elitists any better than Obama and his supporters?

25 posted on 07/20/2008 6:29:31 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: cake_crumb
"...crucial to Obama and McCain, both of whom can claim Scots-Irish heritage."

Obama could claim Scots-Irish heritage, but he doesn't. Hell, he even denies his "whiteness."

In his autobiography, he wrote, "I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of twelve or thirteen, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites."

26 posted on 07/20/2008 7:00:30 AM PDT by Beckwith ('Typical White Person')
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To: cake_crumb

“...crucial to Obama and McCain, both of whom can claim Scots-Irish heritage.”

Truly, Obama is all things to all people. It is funny, and frightening.


27 posted on 07/20/2008 7:04:25 AM PDT by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Vigilanteman; Virginia Ridgerunner
That, notwithstanding, I deeply resent the insinuation that these people are racist. Many of them ran underground railroad stations and fought for the Union in the Civil War. West Virginia, the center of Appalachia, was so pro-union that it split off from Virginia.

What I deeply resent is the insinuation that "pro-union" equates with being "non-racist."

And my heritage is deep into Applachia as well.

28 posted on 07/20/2008 7:18:26 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

You have to keep in mind who was Clinton’s biggest competition. A lot of the Clinton votes were votes against Obama.


29 posted on 07/20/2008 7:26:41 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: shalom aleichem
Obama “can” claim Scots-Irish heritage, but he has not and likely will not.

I don't see why. After all, he's got an Irish last name.

30 posted on 07/20/2008 7:46:46 AM PDT by elmer fudd (Fukoku kyohei)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
In Southwest Virginia, coal mining country, Hillary took 90% of the vote during the Rat primary. That's overwhelming. My dad, who's a retired coal miner and a life-long New Deal Democrat can't even mention Obama by name---he just refers to him as "THAT," as in I'm not going to vote for "THAT!"

That's your yellow dog Democrat for you. They don't care that their beloved dems place abortion and gay "marriage" above everything else (they'll vote for anyone and anything with a "D" by its name), but let someone come along who's a little too dark and they can't take it.

I hope FDR is proud of such people.

31 posted on 07/20/2008 7:58:51 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator ( . . . Kol rodefeyha hissiyguha ben hametzarim.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

It’s quite telling how many died in the wool Democrats can vote for McCain “with no clothespin”, but millions of conservatives are refusing to vote for him.


32 posted on 07/20/2008 8:27:00 AM PDT by willgolfforfood
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To: Vigilanteman
That, notwithstanding, I deeply resent the insinuation that these people are racist.

I'm just telling you like it is, man! I was born and raised there and know exactly what the people there (at least in Southwest Virginia, Southern West Virginia, East Tennessee, and Eastern Kentucky) say and think, when reporter reporters hovering around looking for a sound bite. (My mom's family arrived in 1642 and my dad's in 1682)

That Hillary got 90% of the vote throughout this whole region during the Rat primary should speak volumes about what is really going on there with the Democratic vote. It's not about Liberal or Conservative, or even Republican or Democrat. It's about not voting for Obama there because he's black and was a member of Wright's virulent church.

Just wait until election day, and you will see that McCain will win that region by AT LEAST 70%.

33 posted on 07/20/2008 8:52:00 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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34 posted on 07/20/2008 10:21:13 AM PDT by rabscuttle385 ("When you can't make them see the light, make them feel the heat." Ronald Reagan)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
It depends on how you define racism.

I define it rather narrowly such as people who not only believe in racial superiority, but would implement laws to institutionalize it if given the chance. Robert Byrd, when he was grand dragon of the KKK more than five decades ago would certainly fit the bill then and possibly now. Rev. Wright's followers, even more than Rev. Wright himself, would fit the bill. I'm not convinced that Rev. Wright himself actually believes the crap he preaches, he's just found it to be a good business model given the idiots who will lap it up.

I'm convinced that the average voter of this area wouldn't only support a candidate who happened to be black, they would embrace him. Look at the solid majority Michael Steele polled in the Maryland panhandle if you doubt me.

What this voter isn't, however, is one which can easily be intimidated by calling them racist. They've been talked down to so much, they really don't give a rat's a** what the rest of the country thinks about them.

Do you recall the Roger Coleman case back in the early 1990's? The national and even international media painted this as a case where a bunch of ignorant hillbillies were going to send an innocent man to the electric chair because he was so articulate he didn't fit in to the community.

Well, I've traveled extensively nearly the full length of the Appalachians from Chattanooga to western New York. There are few places in the country which have more colleges per capita. I do not recall a single town of 5000 or more which didn't have at least one institution of higher learning. Yet, the stereotype and inbreeding jokes persist.

The bottom line is that most of them don't see B.H. Obama as a black man, but as a smarmy, self-important big city snob who looks down on them and has thinner actual qualifications to be president than the average mayor in one of those 5000 plus small towns near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

35 posted on 07/20/2008 11:52:27 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Kaslin

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36 posted on 07/20/2008 12:47:24 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Vigilanteman
Do you recall the Roger Coleman case back in the early 1990's? The national and even international media painted this as a case where a bunch of ignorant hillbillies were going to send an innocent man to the electric chair because he was so articulate he didn't fit in to the community.

Roger Coleman was from my hometown, Grundy, and he raped and murdered Wanda Dotson at her home about seven miles from my house.

So yes, I do remember his case and how the media slammed us all as a bunch of ignorant hillbillies who couldn't give him a fair trial. Needless to say, it gave me great pleasure to see that last minute DNA test finally prove his guilt just before he fried in Virginia's electirc chair.

My point is that we're not a bunch of ignorant hillibillies in keeping with the stereotypes, BUT politically speaking, the Democratic element in that part of Appalachia is about 30 years behind the rest of the Democratic national establishment, which is why they will not vote for ablack man, no matter who he is, Obama OR Steele.

Like I said, I was born and raised there, and didn't leave until my late 20s. I know how the folks back home think, and what their motiviations are when they pull those levers on election day.

37 posted on 07/20/2008 3:59:54 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner; Vigilanteman
Speaking from my OWN experience, elderly white Catholics are very similar in their thinking to your appalachian Dems. This will cause problems for Barry in places like Pennsylvania, northern Ohio and southern Michigan.

Obama's biggest weakness is among Appalachian protestants, and elderly blue collar Catholics. Its not just "anti-elitism" because these same people (particularly the latter) had no problem voting for Gore or Kerry. The racial element (especially among those with memories of the black migration to "their" neighborhoods and the riots) is very real.

38 posted on 07/20/2008 4:05:51 PM PDT by Clemenza (Barack Obama is a Chance the Gardner for the 00s)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
You obviously know SW Virginia better than I do. But can you explain why the Appalachian Counties of Maryland (Garrett, Allegeny & Washington) had no problem voting for a black candidate, Michael Steele, in 2006?

Ethnically, it is not all that different from SW Virginia except for a substantial Amish population. But generally, Amish do not vote, so I don't think that can explain it.

What sickens me is that Steele could have won that election with a shift of about 4% of the African-American electorate who stuck with a while lieberal instead. It wasn't for lack of an attractive alternative in Michael Steele.

39 posted on 07/20/2008 4:45:12 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Glenn

Please explain how Appalacian voters have more in common with Obama - black, liberal, pro-abortion, anti-gun, promisor of tax hikes - thank McCain.

I call BS.


40 posted on 07/20/2008 4:53:50 PM PDT by zebrahead
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To: Corin Stormhands
What I deeply resent is the insinuation that "pro-union" equates with being "non-racist."

That's not my insinuation, it is an insinuation of the enemedia-- which is why the examples I used was to hoist them on their own petards.

The motivations behind joining the Confederate or the Union side during the Civil War (or remaining neutral) were almost as varied as the people who made those choices.

Two bits of history the political elite love to suppress are these two facts:



41 posted on 07/20/2008 4:56:59 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman
You obviously know SW Virginia better than I do. But can you explain why the Appalachian Counties of Maryland (Garrett, Allegeny & Washington) had no problem voting for a black candidate, Michael Steele, in 2006?

I don't know anything about those three counties, but I suspect that although they are Appalachian Counties, they have not been as culturally isolated over the years from the national political scene as Southwest Virginia has, and are more much accepting of a black candidate.

SWVA is a region of extremes, and unfortunately, like I said in my last post, its people are still living in JFK and Lyndon Johnson's time politically, but have never gotten past the Civil Rights laws that were shoved down their throats. I know that it is a big contradiction since it was JFK and LBJ that did the shoving, but again, that's just the way it is there.

42 posted on 07/20/2008 5:01:18 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: Kaslin

The patriarch of my family, Devil Anse Hatfield, would roll in his grave if he knew any of his kin voted for a gun-grabber like Obama. I’m sure most of my friends in the McCoy family feel the same way.


43 posted on 07/20/2008 5:36:14 PM PDT by highimpact (Abortion - [n]: human sacrifice at the altar of convenience.)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
If what you say is true and can be extrapolated into the larger body politic, then Obambi is in serious trouble and McCain is going to have to work hard to lose this election. Knowing McCain, however, I believe him to be fully capable of doing exactly that.
44 posted on 07/20/2008 6:36:22 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or, are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Kaslin

I wouldn’t count on the Webb voters to go lock-step for McCain. I met one last night. He proudly explained he would vote for a black man, then in the next sentence postulated that Clinton left the country in the best economic shape it had ever been in (he obviously never heard the words “dot com bubble”) and then launched into full-bore BDS.

Many democrats are gonna vote democrat no matter who the candidate is. “Mah Daddy wuz a Democrat, his Daddy wuz a Democrat, and I’m a Democrat”.

Gag.


45 posted on 07/20/2008 6:46:09 PM PDT by Darnright (A penny saved is a government oversight)
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To: Kaslin; Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


46 posted on 07/21/2008 6:22:46 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Drill Here! Drill Now! Pay Less! Sign the petition at http://www.americansolutions.com/)
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To: proudofthesouth

And what was FDR?


47 posted on 07/21/2008 6:50:11 AM PDT by fightinbluhen51 ("...If it moves, tax it, if it moves faster, regulate it, if it stops, subsidies it.")
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To: Glenn
Re #3:

That's a pretty empty statement. Care to explain it? By the way you need to explain why citizens of Appalachia have no “kindred spirit” with McCain, “even less” than with Obama. NOT why Glenn doesn't like McCain.

48 posted on 07/21/2008 6:57:13 AM PDT by Artemis Webb ( OBAMA/HUCKABEE '08)
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To: Notary Sojac; RightWhale
Similar to Alaska?

A fellow Freeper called the predominate political leanings there Redneck Socialists.

49 posted on 07/21/2008 7:04:02 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Artemis Webb
That's a pretty empty statement. Care to explain it?

Did I say I didn't like McCain? Geez. You guys are so sensitive to any comment.

My "people" from western PA and the hills of West By God hate Bush. Really hate Bush. The local predominant newspapers hate Bush. The governors are Democrats. The senators are democrats. When it comes to national elections, they always find their blue collar roots and vote that way. What do you think they see in McCain, sans military service, that they are anxious to latch on to? His spending cut promises? That's the last thing they want to hear.

50 posted on 07/21/2008 7:16:23 AM PDT by Glenn (Free Venezuela!)
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