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  •  That part of the state (6+ / 0-)

    is red enough to make one's eyes hurt.  There is no real way we'll be competitive for this seat.

    Undecided voters are the biggest idiots on the planet. - Brian Griffin

    by Philpm on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 09:46:31 AM PST

    •  Yeah, it includes the entire bootheel (3+ / 0-)
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      And you really can't get any more conservative than the bootheel - it's where Rush Limpballs is from FFS.

      Also includes Rolla, where I lived and went to college for 4 years (Miners represent!) and that's a wingnut stronghold too. You'd think a town whose entire local economy is dependent on a state university would want to make sure students can afford to go to college and that the school has the funding it needs.

      "How come when it’s us, it’s an abortion, and when it’s a chicken, it’s an omelette?" - George Carlin

      by yg17 on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:01:10 AM PST

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      •  The Bootheel (6+ / 0-)
        And you really can't get any more conservative than the bootheel - it's where Rush Limpballs is from FFS.
        But the bootheel did vote for for Claire McCaskill over Todd Akin:

        “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

        by RoIn on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 10:33:23 AM PST

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      •  I rode in a plane ... (4+ / 0-)
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        next to a UM-Rolla professor just before the 2004 election (Environmental Engineering, IIRC).

        We talked about the election, and it was telling that he said all the people he worked with were voting for Kerry, and practically everyone he knew in the greater Rolla area outside of his work was voting for Bush.

        I think there's a lot of resentment among the so-called "Townies" in these areas that drives the politics. Kirksville (home of Truman State) and Maryville (home of Northwest Mo State) are similar.

        Cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

      •  I thought (0+ / 0-)

        the drug-addled gasbag was from Cape Girardeau.

        You can't keep a mighty tree alive (much less expect it to thrive) by only spritzing the fine leaves at its tippy-top. The fate of the whole tree depends on nurturing the grassroots. - Jim Hightower

        by PSzymeczek on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 11:19:28 AM PST

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