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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Mississsippi’s 1rst Congressional District

posted by on May 14 at 15:14 PM

Yay First Congressional District of Mississippi. That’s up north, around Tupelo.
You guys rock. Yay Travis Childers.
You guys are great Democrats.
Welcome to the party.


Back on March 11, when 1st District counties like Itiwamba went 80 percent Clinton, you guys were ill-informed racist hicks, but hey, all is forgotten. Yay for voting for Childers and his “Mississippi Democrat” strategy.

God, Democrats are such hypocrites.

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Unlike all the other political parties.

Posted by LMSW | May 14, 2008 3:16 PM

then vote republican

Posted by Jiberish | May 14, 2008 3:16 PM

Yeah, at least Republicans are consistent bigots.

Posted by pragmatic | May 14, 2008 3:16 PM

Is it too much to ask that a SLOG post contain a complete idea? The recent short-hand dash-offs read like post-its on the fridge in editorial.

Posted by John Galt | May 14, 2008 3:18 PM

I hope it was obvious that I was joking.

Posted by pragmatic | May 14, 2008 3:19 PM

Ok, now we just seem desperate to cling to our thesis.

Posted by lostboy | May 14, 2008 3:20 PM

it's "1st", not "1rst", unless pretending to be an idiot is part of a snarky joke

Posted by does slog have an editor? | May 14, 2008 3:25 PM

Oh, grow up already.

Posted by tsm | May 14, 2008 3:25 PM

I thought Feit left. The tone of this post is really something I hate about Slog. Like WV, they're still (mostly) racist hicks. This time, the racist hicks voted for a conservative Dem. Who's making this a big fucking deal?

Posted by Judith | May 14, 2008 3:30 PM

i'll be the first to admit i'm a little slow at times, but wtf is your point?

if childers were black, this might make something resembling "sense," but he's not. he's just a democrat who won an election in a historically GOP-centric district; these voters may still very well be "ill-informed racist hicks" (and exactly who referred to them as such? i mean, other than you just now?), they're just a little less republican than they used to be.

Posted by brandon | May 14, 2008 3:33 PM

Does anyone still think that "bitter" isn'
t a perfectly accurate assement of Clinton's base?

Posted by John | May 14, 2008 3:43 PM


or Poopy-Headed.....

Posted by NapoleonXIV | May 14, 2008 3:46 PM

I'm so glad to see it wasn't just me -- this post makes no sense whatsoever. How about giving all your readers a clue as to what the hell you're talking about?

Posted by whatevernevermind | May 14, 2008 3:53 PM

Are you OK, Josh? Because you seem a little...nutso lately. Maybe you should talk to someone.

Posted by Fnarf | May 14, 2008 3:54 PM

What @14 said.

Also: What is it that you don't get about poor white people voting for populists when given the choice between two white candidates, and for neocons when given the choice between a black populist and a white neocon?

Posted by Trevor | May 14, 2008 3:59 PM

It is time to stop bashing Hillary and her supporters, it is not good policy. The party still needs them/us. If Obama is going to best McCain in November he is going to have to win the hearts and minds of the Hillary demographic. There are a huge number of votes at stake and losing the center-to- right-wing Democrats and Independants could very well cost the election. Constantly insulting older and blue-collar voters by stating that they are not as smart or good as liberal college educated youths because they support/supported HRC is not going to make for more votes for Obama.

Posted by inkweary | May 14, 2008 4:02 PM

Again, thesis? Childers is white.

Posted by w7ngman | May 14, 2008 4:15 PM

Ok, now a real response. JF's point is that on the one hand people here and democrats of the Obama persuasion view white southern blue collar voters who support clinton as racist rednecks, union workers etc, who are worthy of scorn. On the other hand when these same people vote for a conservative who is far to the right of HRC and who has views which are also scorned but happens to be a democrat, democrats and slog peanut gallery all cheer. Thus the hypocrite label.
Among the possibilities:
this could be a commentary on the holier than thou attitude of sloggers
this could be an inadvertent commentary on JF's holier than thou attitude.

The rebuttal to this would be in crunchy terms, "well given where Mississippi is coming from a right wing democrat who sometimes votes with the rest of the Democrats is an improvement, whereas when they vote to nominate a right wing democrat(HRC according to this mindset) it sucks.

In non-crunchy terms, my rebuttal would be democrats and sloggers would be better served by not be bandying around accusations of racism, ignorance, identity politics, and instead accept a certain amount of realpolitik and stick to the issues.
From this perspective Childers is an improvement. A small improvement but better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick. Maybe the next democratic representative to win will be better.

Posted by LMSW | May 14, 2008 5:00 PM

LMSW is correct.

Posted by Donolectic | May 14, 2008 5:46 PM

Hey Josh, hope you already have a gig lined up. I assume you must be moving to a new town right? Gonna work for the alt weekly in Denver? Minneapolis?

Otherwise, why are you proudly displaying your inability to think analytically?

Posted by doink | May 14, 2008 6:54 PM

50 States.

Yes, that means ALL of them.

Not going to just be 20 seats lost, GOP ... it's going to be MORE!

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 14, 2008 9:00 PM

Let's see: Childers backed Obama. The GOP ran attack ads using the rants of Wright, and tied Obama & Childers to him. Cheney personally campaigned for Childers' opponent. The GOP's plan failed. Dems win! Wake up, Josh.

Posted by Fitz | May 14, 2008 11:18 PM

The thing that caught my eye about Travis Childers' victory in Mississippi wasn't the fact that he won as a Democrat in a largely Republican district. It was the fact that he is an anti-tax, pro-gun and pro-life conservative Democrat. Gov. Casey of Pennsylvania is also pro-life. Is it me or can anyone else see the liberal orthodoxy of the Democratic Party is being challenged? The party is moving to the right. I don't think this is good news for liberals or Obama.

Posted by Lark | May 14, 2008 11:39 PM

I'd just like to remind all Republicans that, in the interests in giving the GOP a chance, they should remember to vote in odd-year elections.

So, remember, don't vote in 2008 - save your vote for the election in 2009.

Thank you!

P.S.: If you drive an SUV that gets less than 15 mpg, remember that you can help the economy by closing your garage doors after parking your car, but leave the car running while you listen to talk radio. Don't worry about the smoke, it's the smell of Freedom! If you feel sleepy, don't turn off the car, just rest your eyes for a while ...

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 15, 2008 12:16 AM

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