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  •  That may be so in his case, but I do not think (2+ / 0-)
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    Jorybu, DBoon

    racial/ethnic is the fundamental issue in the scheme. That probably has much more to do with the "Real Virginian" idea, which includes its definite racial and pro Southern bias, but very much a "not from this state" bias:

    On MSNBC this morning, McCain adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer asserted that “real Virginia” does not include Northern Virginia:

    I certainly agree that Northern Virginia has gone more Democratic. … But the rest of the state — real Virginia if you will — I think will be very responsive to Senator McCain’s message.

    One can certainly read a possible racial aspect here:
    Real Virginia, I take to be, this part of the state that’s more Southern in nature, if you will.
    I have personally experienced that, even though I'm an old white guy. I've traveled widely, I'm ex-fed, I look toward D.C. and NYC for interests and never Richmond, I eat more Asian and European and South American than "Southern" and I'm in all respects other than tolerance for intolerance pretty liberally tolerant. I'm one of "them" and not part of the "real Virginians" even if my family has been in the state since the 1600s. Lots of "real Virginians" would much prefer me to be 3/5 of a presidential vote.

    In an urbanizing and increasingly cosmopolitan nation rural areas are desperately clinging to their view of "America" by hook and crook with regard to these efforts. Only a part of that is racial. It is actually a follow on to what Ken Burns touched on in Prohibition. Fueling a justified reaction to some pretty outrageous "saloon behavior" rural and small town WASPS very much "agin" those urban centers infested with Catholics, non-Anglos, sinners  and "free thinkers" and German beer and South European wine lovers used that prejudice liberally. WW I and anti-German sentiment then gave a push.

    The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. [Elbert Hubbard]

    by pelagicray on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:30:21 AM PST

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