How A Democrat Can Win The West.... like 16 years ago
Don't be ethnic: Emphasizing your ethnic roots plays well in the East, but not here.
We like to think that the West was built by blue-eyed rugged individualist pioneers. When you talk about your roots, you remind us that most of the West was built by immigrants, fresh off the boat, who got ten cents an hour for backbreaking twelve-hours days of mining coal or smelting ore. We don't want to think about this.
The winning of the West ought to be simple for any presidential candidate. All he has to do is pay homage to our myths. What he actually does won't matter. Ronald Reagan knows that, and if Michael Dukakis is as smart as people say he is, maybe he'll figure it out before November.
I don't know how much of this, or really any of it, applies to today. Maybe some of it if you're talking about the deepest and darkest of Sagebrush, but I don't really think it applies much to more urban Sagebrush or El Norte.
Either way, it's a look back, and its funny.
Emmett O'Connell | November 15, 2004 | Comment on This Post (0 so far)
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