December 16, 2004

by Reb Yudel
Why one woman voted for Bush

Over on Daily Kos, "Julie37" describes a conversation with an on-line friend who voted for Bush in a must-read piece entitled It's People Like This That We Let Get Away. I excerpt a small piece of Julie37's conclusion, but really, read the whole thing:
Melinda is not an uneducated person. She's an elementary school teacher and her husband is a former Marine. She's not someone who dropped out of school at 16. She's an exhausted working mom who is too tired and frazzled to read the paper or watch the news when she gets home, so she relies mainly on her pastor to give her "the big picture" on Sunday mornings. In short, she has no bullshit alarm.

I could go on and on about the conversation here, and I think we all know that educating voters to the issues is a major component to taking back the Senate and White House. But, I would argue that one of the things that needs to be done is to educate voters about the workings of the government--so that when someone like Tom Coburn says that he is anti-abortion, they know that he is just one of a very large number of people who would get to make that decision, and won't let that issue be the defining factor in casting their votes.

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