2008 The Farmers Are Alright
posted by January 4 at 12:16 PMon
Wev with the kids.
Here’s the pro-Clinton news—that you won’t see teased out of the numbers* in the press because well, they hate her. (For example, going in to last night, the press said she was supposed to come in an embarrassing 3rd place. The fact that she’s neck and neck with Edwards for 2nd in Iowa should be a story. It isn’t).
Anyway, here’s my pro-Clinton spin.
Look at the vote last night broken down by county. (Second chart on this link.)
Clinton rocks the rural areas—that is, the long coveted pick-up truck turf that Howard Dean tried to prioritize. This is the vote Democrats must win back to win nationally.
We already have the cities and much of the inner burbs (an idea we clung to in our rousing Urban Archipelago concession speech.
That’s right, concession speech. That issue made us all feel good about being Democrats. But it was also a band aid for the real issue: We lost.
I slogged back in January 2007 that Hillary Clinton was strong with this important bloc by crunching the numbers from her New York wins. And the results last night bear me out. From Monoma County (38%) to Harrison (40%) to Pottawattamie (42%) to Mills (42%) to Fremont (42%) to Wennebago (35%) to Worth (35%) to Mitchell (38%) to Howard (42%) Clinton crushed in these areas.
*It turns out there is a brief write up about this in the NYT (sorry link is blocked, but it’s on their Caucus blog.) But they simply say Obama lost to Clinton and Edwards in these Counties, while failing to mention that Clinton actually won them. Decisively.