by paperwight, Sun Jun 19, 2005 at 04:13:35 PM EDT
A while back I did a teeny-tiny bit of research to check out the incessant complaints from Southern Whites (Browder, Saunders, others) that they're not sufficiently represented by the Democratic Party. I went back and checked the Democratic Party's presidential candidates for the last few races. Here's what I found:
- Only one Democratic presidential ticket from 1976 on hasn't had a Southerner on it (Mondale/Ferraro 1984).
- Only three Democratic tickets from 1976 on haven't had a Southerner at the top of the ticket (Mondale/Ferraro 1984; Dukakis/Bentsen 1988; Kerry/Edwards 2004).
- None of those Democratic tickets have had anyone on them from the Mountain West or the Pacific West.
Clearly the Democrats have grown to like and respect Southerners, though apparently not enough for the Southern grievance crowd (though what more we could do I don't really know).
But the Democrats apparently don't like us Westerners. What do the Democrats have against Westerners? Why aren't they tolerant of us? Why don't they support and love us and our particular cultural history and mythology?
I demand grievance parity! SHOW ME UNCONDITIONAL LOVE, NATIONAL DEMOCRATS, OR FEAR MY WESTERN WRATH!
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