…the morons at Bucky’s Family Restaurant do. From some actual NY Times reporting:
“I wish there was somebody worth voting for,” said Buford Moss, a retired Union Carbide worker sitting at the back table of Bucky’s Family Restaurant here, with a group of regulars, in a county seat that — as the home of the 11th president, James K. Polk — is one of the ancestral homelands of Jacksonian Democracy.
“The Democrats have left the working people,” Mr. Moss said.
“We have nobody representing us,” he continued, adding that he was “sad to say” he had voted previously for Mr. Bush. He was considering sitting out this election altogether. “Anyone but Obama-Osama,” he said, chuckling at a designation that met with mirthful approval at the table.
In interviews around the courthouse square, voters stuttered over Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama in matchups with Republicans, particularly Senator John McCain, whose military credentials give him solid regional armoring. Some white voters voiced outright alarm over Mr. Obama, and though he is a Christian, allusions to his supposed Muslim ties were frequent, as were suggestions that he remained a disturbingly unknown quantity.
White men, in particular, expressed general fearfulness — over a possible terrorist attack, over an unnamed threat from Muslims, over Hispanic immigrants and over the weakening economy. These fears led them to reflect positively on Republican candidates, perceived as more hard-line on most fronts.
“I think our greatest fear is our terrorist enemies,” said Waymon L. Hickman, senior chairman of First Farmers & Merchants bank, whose headquarters building dominates Main Street here.
“You get Peloski up there and they say we’ve lost the war, and that just fuels our adversaries,” said Mr. Hickman, incorrectly pronouncing the name of Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
At this point, liberal and progressive bloggers are supposed to talk about the socioeconomic factors that lead to these attitudes and beliefs. We are supposed to castigate ourselves for failing to reach this cohort.
These guys are fucking morons, who fell out of the stupid tree and hit every goddamn branch on the way down. Do any of these geniuses explain how the Democrats “left the working people?” Because, to the extent Democrats have actually done so, it has been when Democratic politicians have voted like Republicans. And Peloski? These idiots simply do not know what they are talking about, but, like many white men of a certain age, they are used to and expect their opinions to be taken seriously, even when they lack a grip of the most basic facts.
I refuse to consider the views of those who fear that “Peloski” and Senator Clinton are going to castrate them with dull bolt cutters, and that Obama will force them to convert to Mexicanism and teach their kids to speak Islam. This is the same old bleating of Reagan Democrats: I’m not a racist, but “Obama-Osama”; I’m not sexist, I just don’t want a ‘weak’ candidate–that is, a woman.
No more excusing the profound ignorance that is nothing more than the political equivalent of anti-vaccination or creationism. If they are going to vote based on this ignorance then they should be excoriated for their pig-headed stupidity. I, for one, believe that personal responsibility for one’s actions should not be the sole purview of poor single minority mothers. It’s time we call these meatheads out, rather than worrying ourselves about our supposed failures: those of us who are not profoundly ignorant are just as American as these fools. It’s time for them to change and respond to us.
Oh, we’re not fucking the country up either.