A dazzling second feature Kristin here: In my first report from the Venice International Film Festival, I described the excitement of seeing three excellent and quite varied films right in a row, at consecutive early-morning press screenings:
Stephen Corey Theater of Operations Donald Morrill Summertime David Starkey Afterword: Writing the Personal Political Essay David Starkey Acknowledgments First and foremost, I want to thank my wife, Sandy, for her love, and for all the support and advice she provides for my many projects.
On the evening of the Presidential election, I sat at the computer in my Santa Barbara home and willed the voters in the Cleveland-area precincts to carry Ohio into the blue, Democratic column.
I poured all my mental energy into it. If Ohio went for John Kerry, there might be just enough Electoral College votes to tip the balance in his favor. But if Ohio voted Republican red, it was all over: Bush would be reelected, this time with a majority of both the popular and the Electoral College votes.
I sat there for several hours—like someone praying for the safe return of a ship he inwardly knows has already foundered—but each time new counts came in, they were no help. Most of the Ohio precincts were favoring the Republican candidate. Finally, I went to bed, full of despair.
The next morning, like tens of millions of other progressive Americans, I woke up angry. What the hell were those red voters thinking? I wanted to know. And what about Abu Ghraib? Was the president to be held accountable for nothing? It was easy, then, to lump everyone in the red states together as a bunch of Bible-thumping yahoos.
I relished a map that began circulating on the Internet immediately after the election, which showed the blue states as part of The United States of Canada and the red states renamed Jesusland.
Compared to the indignity of suffering another term under Bush II, life in the Northwest Territories sounded pretty grand. In the months that followed, there were plenty of explanations about why the election went the way it did.
Some analysts argued that the many state amendments outlawing same-sex marriage brought out the Right in force. The numbers, at least, seemed to support the frequent assertion that Republicans had done a better job of getting out the vote.
In the bright red states, those that were universally expected to vote Republican, turnout increased by 14 percent. In the bright blue states, those expected to go for Kerry, however, turnout went up by only 11 percent.
Other pundits contended that the majority of people always find it easiest simply to support the status quo. Certainly, September 11, and the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act all played some role in the outcome of the election—just not in the way those of us on 2 David Starkey the blue side had been hoping.
They voted the war on terror. Outside a few Rocky Mountain and Midwestern states, dark red was rare, just as the deep blue pockets were largely limited to the coasts and a few large cities in between. Mostly America was purple— a reddish purple, granted, but purple nonetheless.
In his book Culture War? For me, the most telling map—and the one that inspired this book— showed red and blue majorities by county.
Again, there was significantly more red than blue, especially if you counted the square miles, but there were many reminders that the red states contained areas of dissent. Not surprisingly, throughout the South and Midwest, counties with large universities had voted for the Democrat.
In supposedly liberal California, only two noncoastal counties went Democratic. Introduction 3 Obviously, while it was convenient to revile the stupidity of one half of the country and laud the good sense of the other half, it was also profoundly naive. Even at the height of my righteous indignation, I knew I was oversimplifying the matter.
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