State of Confusion Saturday


The idea that liberals hate the middle of the country and harbor a deep antipathy for the occupants of rural states has become so ingrained a part of the conventional wisdom that almost no one questions it anymore. South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg of Indiana, a rising candidate in the bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has spent a good deal of his campaign bemoaning this trait in his party — and pitching himself as the solution.

I have sometimes pushed back against the narrative, arguing that there’s at least as much hostility from rural regions to urban regions than there is in the reverse. And in a new column for the New York Times, Paul Krugman argued that the narrative is entirely upside down.

It’s conservatives who have disdain for middle America, even as the GOP depends on its votes.

He started the argument by pointing to a dismissive quote from President Donald Trump’s Federal Reserve pick Stephen Moore, who once said:

“If you live in the Midwest, where else do you want to live besides Chicago? You don’t want to live in Cincinnati or Cleveland or, you know, these armpits of America.”

Cody Fenwick @ ALTERNET

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14 Responses to State of Confusion Saturday

  1. Den says:

    Glorious weather today!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Is the NRA actually going bankrupt?

    *fingers crossed*


  3. David B. Benson says:

    Is the NRA actually going bankrupt?

    *fingers crossed*


  4. David B. Benson says:

    How did that happen?


  5. David B. Benson says:

    Just 8 minutes on the sticks to the Nuevo Vallarta.


    • David B. Benson says:

      A total of 39 minutes in the biting breeze up to the high school auditorium for the Washington Idaho Symphony concert. Wasn’t so bad coming back with the wind behind me.

      Day 7: 202+69=271 minutes, back up towards optimal.


  6. Carol says:

    I liked the story of you seeing the “gaggle.” Since I don’t get out much, or around pedestrians anywhere, I don’t know how young girls dress. After your description, all I could say was, “it figures.”


  7. Carol says:

    Thought of more birds in my backyard. Doves, Downey Woodpeckers, a bigger woodpecker, called red-breasted or something, and a brown thrasher. Blue Jays, chickadees, nuthatches, juncos and tufted tit mice are gone. Oh, yeah there’s still a cardinal hanging around.


  8. Carol says:

    As for Den’s post, heck yeah it’s conservatives that hate everybody. They have nothing but scorn for anyone who isn’t rich.


  9. Den says:

    Why are Conservatives so mean, momma pulled their pacifiers to fast?


  10. Den says:

    Anger, hate, two non-starters thriving in weak mind. A waste of an otherwise good human.


  11. Den says:

    The original Fido The Flying Doghead:


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