Purdy lips and God in North Florida's deep South.
Cross posted at BlogWood: Norwood's Fair and Balanced Nattering
The Tampa Trib's William March has a short overview of some of the questions about the vote totals that are floating around. Along the way, he makes the same point that I and many others have made, namely that a vote for Bush in Florida's "Democratic" northern counties is not an unexpected result.
There are many historical reasons for this anomaly, including the fact that most Democrats in this part of Florida retain their party affiliation simply so that their voices can be heard in local races. One should also take into consideration the fact that, demographically, this area is much more "South" than the Southern, urban counties of Florida, which means that many residents lack the mental resources to form an independent thought.
Arthur Pinner, Dixie County Democratic chairman, took the argument further. He voted personally for Bush, he said, ``on account of his morals.''
Kerry ``was a liberal way down the road; he believed in same-sex marriage and abortion,'' Pinner said. ``It came out in all the magazines.''
Pinner couldn't name which magazines reported that - in fact, Kerry opposes gay marriage - before clarifying that his source wasn't a magazine.
``Pamphlets that was passed out in church,'' he said. He wasn't sure whom the pamphlets came from, but said, ``I believed them enough so I didn't vote for him.''