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A FRENCH VIEW OF WV POLITICS

Posted by ZaneMan on September 2, 2006

Wheeling and West Virginia have long been Democratic strongholds, except that Bush won the state (and the election) in 2000 and 2004. In October 2004 a reporter for the French newspaper Le Monde diplomatique (The World – Dipomacy) wrote a quite perceptive article, What’s the Matter with West Virginia, that analysed how the majority of the population of our poor state voted for Bush, against its own financial interest. The author writes that Bush’s support of hunting and mining and his identification with normal joes, not smug intellectuals, accounts for his success in West Virginia and in other poor, formerly Democratic states. Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican its a valuable read as we head into the 2006 and 2008 elections.

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