Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Let Them Eat War

This essay is the most incisive I've read on the question of why blue-collar males are tending to vote Republican, especially pro-Bush. It posits the concept of the "Nascar Dad," whose long-suffering losses in money, stature and hope have caused the undifferentiated anger that Bush appeals to with his macho imagery, his bullying ways.
I've written the author at the website where the article appears and suggested that the phenomenon she describes has now crossed into the Latino community, as evidenced by its recent pro-Arnold vote, creating a new category of disaffected, angry voters for the far right to exploit, the "Oakland Raider Dad."

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