Monday, November 08, 2004

Mission of Mercy

Can Canada send Andrew Coyne on a diplomatic mission to USA Today, or on a friendship tour to the L.A. Times, N.Y. Times, and Washington Post? It might calm a few people down if he recycled a few of his 4-month-old columns (slightly edited) about the electoral system exaggerating regional divisions. Behold this Reuters piece, "San Francisco in No Mood for Tolerance After Bush Win". (ÞNeale)
The woman's frustration was echoed throughout San Francisco, arguably the most liberal city in one of the most Democratic states in the country. On Tuesday, 83.3 percent of voters in San Francisco County cast their ballots for Kerry, compared with 62.8 percent in Los Angeles County and 54.7 percent statewide.
"I have family in Idaho, but I told my wife we're not going to visit them now. It's all Republicans there," said Ron Schmidt, a public relations executive. "We have family in Indiana and I don't want to go there either."
Schmidt said: "The ideologies of the two parties are too different. I don't see how healing can take place. I feel like the disenfranchised minority now, and that's a funny thing for a tall, good-looking white guy like me to say."

This red state/blue state obsession has gone too far. California is no more uniformly liberal than Saskatchewan is Conservative. YOU VOTED FOR REAGAN - TWICE! And if you're hoping to avoid Republicans, Mr. Schmidt, take another look at those state numbers. You can't even drive to L.A. without passing through a couple of red counties. Are you clear than 90% of the Kerry victory margin in your state is from San Francisco and L.A. Counties? Take them out of the equation, and California was closer than Ohio.

And I think I'm going to be sick the next time I hear a voter describe themselves as "disenfranchised" because they voted for Kerry. He just lost, that's all. Cheer up Mr. Schmidt - you'll get'em next time. In the meantime, you still have your height and your good looks. And your, uh, er, whiteness.


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