Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Western Democrats Do Not Eat Quiche

Looks like I may not have been completely off base with my little rant about Westerners having a bellyful of Southern and Eastern politicians. Per the Nevada Appeal:

More often than not, presidential candidates are elite Easterners who don't connect with Western voters. Most of the 18 (!) politicians who have already announced for president are Easterners or Southerners who know little if anything about the West - people like Hillary Clinton, John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani, who probably couldn't find Yucca Mountain on a map if their life depended on it.

According to Klein, "The Democratic Party is being reborn (in the West) with a raft of colorful candidates who have won the hearts of independents and moderate Republican voters." That's true in Nevada, where Democrats now occupy three statewide offices previously held by Republicans. So the Silver State isn't nearly as "red" as it used to be, thanks to an unpopular president and GOP congressional scandals. Once President Bush lied to us about Yucca Mountain, he was in deep doo-doo (that's how they say "problem" in Texas) around here. And he still is as we sink deeper and deeper into the Iraqi quagmire.

During an early debate among Democratic presidential hopefuls in Carson City on Feb. 21, we'll have a firsthand opportunity to hear what they say about Yucca Mountain and other western regional issues, and we should rule out any of them who don't know how to pronounce the name of our state.

I'm not sure Nevada is any less "red" than it used to be so much as it is that the red party has gone off the deep end. The average westerner just can't get with the "my way or the highway" style of governance. It's why the democrats lost them before. Don't tread on me is a good saying to keep in mind out west. Guess you could say we have a regional case of problems with authority.

Oh, for those in doubt, it's Nev-aaaa-da, A as in apple. Not Nev-ah-da.

Hat tip to America for Richardson


Omnipotent Poobah said...

Maybe it just takes the western pols a little longer to get going. The eastern guys have a 150 year head start and most of the population lives in the east.

Now that the population is migrating, I expect it won't be too long before the people in the east will talk about the "western elite".

I've lived on both sides and I'd just like to state for the record that I happen to like quiche. But since I moved west, I started eating it off a dirty plate :-)

Not Your Mama said...

Bound to happen. 'Course another regional hobby is poking a stick in the eye of anyone we think is getting too big for their britches so not sure how that will work out. Not great respecters of personages.

PS: you're supposed to let the dog lick the plate clean ;).