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  •  Not just ignorant. They have many (2+ / 0-)
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    eXtina, drmah

    motivations.  Racism against Obama, and by extension, to Democrats.  Bigotry against women being "unladylike" with respect to Clare McCaskill.  Fear of having their world view taken away from them, where being white meant they were comfortably in control and the majority.  Ignorant also plays a part - they're just uneducated and they follow what they're told by Rush (a Missouri native with his bust in their hall of fame), by their ministers in their conservative churches and by those out to preserve their backwoods power centers.

    All of those things are ugly, but Missouri seems to have it, pardon the expression, in spades.  Kansas and Oklahoma (and some other states) are challenging Missouri for the title, but if they elect Akin, I fail to see any state pushing them from the top of the most hateful state.

    •  Excuse me, but KS and OK are *far* more right-wing (2+ / 0-)
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      eXtina, Americantrueandblue

      states than Missouri.  Check the electoral history in all three states, please.  And add a few others into the mix...Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Idaho...Missouri isn't even close to being on the top of this list of right-wing havens.  

      Indeed, President Obama lost Missouri very narrowly in 2008, while some other states (including some mentioned above) bucked the overall national trend and voted even more heavily Republican in 2008 than they had in 2004.

      You really shouldn't make sweeping generalizations that cannot stand up to the facts.  

      •  I'm saying "hateful", not "right-wing". (1+ / 0-)
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        eXtina

        The stuff I've seen from Missouri over the years has been more hateful than what I've seen from the others, and this year has been bad as well.  I'm not saying the other states aren't filled with Republicans and right-wing nutjobs (Oklahoma was the only state where Obama didn't win a single county, and Kansas with Brownback also enjoys have the Westboro church operating from their confines).

        I'm putting hate into a slightly separate category.

        •  Really? I've heard plenty from other states. (2+ / 0-)
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          eXtina, ColoTim

          In fact, most of the harshest anti-Obama, crazy-right-wing vitriol has come from outside MO.  I used to live in one of those states, in fact.  MO is positively mellow by comparison.  

          Akin was a relative unknown statewide until this election.  Even people in neighboring districts didn't know that much about him-he kept a fairly low profile.  The GOP primary field was loaded with candidates and turnout was low, so it was practically an accident that he became the candidate.  His political stock plummeted as soon as his crazy became well-known, and he dropped 10+ points in the polls.  I'll be really surprised if he actually wins in Nov.

          •  Sad that hate is a widespread phenomena (1+ / 0-)
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            eXtina

            I was encouraged by the polls that put McCaskill up 6 today, but they came with lots of cautions about how Akin underperforms in polls, how the undecideds are more likely to finally vote for him, and other downers.  I hope Akin turns off more and more folks prior to the election.

            I'm more familiar with the Kansas City area of the state, so I got used to both Missouri and Kansas people.  I'm glad to now be living in Colorado.

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