22
Oct
08

oh, screw you, washington post

There are days like today that there’s just not enough duct tape to hold the pieces of my head together.

I absolutely, positively HATE the patronizing tone of this entire article.

Here’s something for major news outlets for your reporting down the road:

THIS KIND OF STORY IS NOT UNIQUE TO WEST VIRGINIA.

(This is also NOT UNIQUE in Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, Kansas, Florida, Ohio, Virginia or about 41 other states.)

Let me do a little back reporting for you, guys. Two perfectly normal white guys (note: by saying “normal white guys” I’m not implying that black people are NOT normal or different or anything — I know you’re ready to jump on that) got WAXED in both 2000 and 2004. You know why? Voters basically got told the Democrats would take away their guns. (You don’t do that in a state like West Virginia. It’s also very bad to steal JoBoo’s rum.)

Here’s the thing you all don’t know, or you choose to ignore: West Virginia’s Democrats are largely Democrats in name only. The state (by and large) is controlled by various unions and special interest groups and all of that who throw the label “Democrat” on their candidate and tell you anybody Republican is just simply evil. Most labor unions in the state just encourage you to vote straight ticket and not even think about it. (This would be why about 40 percent of West Virginia’s House of Delegates is filled with absolute self-motivated morons who have no business being the representative of their cul-de-sac, much less many, many residents.)

West Virginia’s residents are conservative by nature, and yes, they do love their God and guns. The only reason Democrats got a free ride in this place was largely because of people being too uneducated to actually research the issues and vote with the candidate they choose. Now, would that have always been the Republican? No. It wouldn’t. I’ve never, ever voted a straight ticket in my life and I never will. (Such is the hell of the Libertarian.) What’s happening now isn’t racism. It’s just the state’s overall realization that, “Hey!! We don’t like those liberal hippie babykilling socialists.” (Note: This is 100 PERCENT NOT how I feel. I’m just paraphrasing.)

When I see stories like this, again, I just feel cheated. I feel like I’ve eaten this cereal all the way to the bottom of the box and they forgot the toy. Would I be lying to you if I said I know there are people in West Virginia who will vote for John McCain strictly because he’s white? No. There are plenty of them. Would I be lying to you if I said there weren’t West Virginians laboring under the delusion that Barack Obama is Muslim? No. Again, there are plenty of them.

But there are plenty of them in every state. And it gets so tiresome and overdone to be this country’s beaten-down red-headed stepchild and I don’t even live there anymore. I had to leave to find the kind of opportunity I wanted and I’m fine with that. It’s not the state’s fault that I felt it had nothing left to offer me. But it just gets under my skin to see the national media do these kinds of stories. We’re not your little novelty project.

(Exit soapbox, stage left.)

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12 Responses to “oh, screw you, washington post”


  1. October 22, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Wow, GoDub, this rant is almost worthy of B-Dub 🙂 But I happen to know West Virginia loves the black man, so it’s all good 🙂

    As for WV being Democrat in name only, wouldn’t it be more true to say they’re more like traditional “Southern” Democrats i.e. conservative?

    But it’s funny that they’re talking about WV when Virginia, previously a Republican state, is now

  2. October 22, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Apparently, the Type Writer can’t type 🙂 I was trying to say that Virginia now appears to be solidly blue on most electoral maps. You’d think that would be the bigger story (and for the Post reporters, a shorter commute :))

    Speaking of WV electoral stories, have you seen the reports of some WV early voters claiming the machine changed their votes for president and governor from Dem to GOP? (Forgive me if this was mentioned in the Post article; I didn’t bother with the required registration :))

    TW (WV loves the black keys!!!)

  3. 3 girlofwords
    October 22, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    Yeah, I did see that voting machine story. It’s happened in two counties, but I think the followup was that the secretary of state assures everybody that the machines are OK. (It’s like the Matrix … or something.)

    You have a great point about being “Southern” Democrat rather than traditional. You could be on to something there. But a ton of people who are “Democrat” in West Virginia do it because they know there’s not much hope of getting elected otherwise. There have been some upsets in the past few cycles, so that’s not a blanket statement, but overwhelmingly, you want to be elected in West Virginia? Call yourself a Democrat, even if you’re lying.

    Yeah, Virginia is a bigger story. But that wouldn’t cater to the, “Aww, look honey. How novel. These mouthbreathing hilljack inbreeders are embracing the colored man.” That’s the overwhelming theme with the article, I thought. Oh, how novel! Not only are they *gasp* going to vote for the black man, they’re even letting black people work on the campaigns!!!

    GAH!!!

    (Now, now … if this was a B-Dub rant, I might have used the F word a few times!)

  4. 4 thecookie
    October 22, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Don’t fret West Virginia! As long as your Southern brothers from different mothers have a branch on the family tree, your statewide stereotyping is just temporary until they remember we’re still here.

    xoxo,
    The Deep South

  5. 5 girlofwords
    October 22, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you for making me feel better, Cookie. 🙂

  6. October 22, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Love this post G-dub. Generalizations, Assumptions and the like are precisely why I hate politics. Nowhere else can items not even tangentially correlated be thrown together in an effort to skew an opinion or be deemed factual. Ugh. I feel your pain.

  7. 7 girlofwords
    October 22, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    It’s lazy, thoughtless reporting with a clear agenda. I haven’t been this pissed off about an article in a while. Maybe I just need some good chicken lo mein. 🙂

  8. October 23, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Erin, isn’t everything you just said about potential problems with discussions about politics also possible with discussions about religion? For that matter, I don’t know a field of interest which doesn’t have the potential for pointless arguments (e.g. my field, the so-called computer science, engenders just as many “religious” arguments as non-technical fields do). Everybody has their own opinions about everything, and it’s the hardest thing in the world to admit that maybe the other guy has a legitimate point too. And as hard as I try to not be like that, I’m sure B-Dub would say I’m just as guilty as the next guy, and I can’t necessarily say that he’s wrong in that respect.

    TW

  9. October 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Perhaps in politics its just more annoying… 😉

  10. 10 girlofwords
    October 23, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I think you’re prolly right there.

  11. October 25, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    At the risk of a punch in the face, let me ask this honest question: Are you angry at the spotlight on this stereotype because it’s an accurate one? Or because you feel it’s NOT? I’m honestly not clear on this.

    But yes, the article was wrong to paint all West Virginia Democrats with the brushstroke of a couple of people whose benign racism is so ingrained that they probably would be shocked if somebody called them racist to their faces. (The Acker woman reminds me a little bit of my mom, who thinks of herself as kindly and benevolent and open-minded but refers to Jews and blacks as “THOSE people.”)

    Seems like West Virginians were OK with native sons like Randy Moss. And with Michael Vick, once upon a time.

  12. 12 girlofwords
    October 25, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    No, I’m angry because people like the Post and the New York Times seem to find some novelty in “oh, look, racists!” stories. It’s not unique to West Virginia. Sure it’s true. But racists are everywhere. Even in Washington DC and New York City.

    But it’s also what you pointed out … this story was “find people who don’t trust the black man and see if they’ll say ‘eh, he’s OK’ and you have your Obama changes the world story.”

    Acker kinda reminded me of my grandma, though. 🙂

    People do embrace Randy Moss and the like. Michael Vick’s not one, though. He’s from Virginia and played for VT. Boo. 🙂


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