By: E&P Staff
Leave it to syndicated columnist and cartoonist Ted Rall. While others on the left wonder if, and how, they should reach out to those in the red states to try to win more elections, the acerbic Rall is sticking to his guns as a proud blue stater.
In his latest column, “Confessions of a Cultural Elitist,” Rall declared, among much else, that “living in the sticks doesn’t make you more American,” and, “by any objective standard, you had to be spectacularly stupid to support Bush.”
Rall, who grew up in what he calls “flyover” Ohio, adds, “if militant Christianist Republicans from inland backwaters believe that secular liberal Democrats from the big coastal cities look upon them with disdain, there’s a reason. We do, and all the more so after this election.”
Addressing media coverage, he wrote: “Inland Americans face a bigger challenge than coastal ‘cultural elitists’ when it comes to finding high-quality news coverage. The best newspapers, which routinely win prizes for their in-depth local and national reporting and staffers overseas, line the coasts. … Citizens of the blue states read lackluster dailies stuffed with generic stories cut and pasted from wire services.”
Rall also knocked Sen. John Kerry, calling him “morally incongruous” for “running against a war he voted for while insisting that he would have voted for it again.”
But he aimed most of his fire at “idiotic” Bush supporters, citing the recent Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA) survey which found that nearly 3 out of 4 Bush voters still believe Iraq had WMDs or an active WMD program, and that 1 in 5 think Saddam was involved with the 9/11 attacks.
Rall concluded: “So our guy lost the election. Why shouldn’t those of us on the coasts feel superior? We eat better, travel more, dress better, watch cooler movies, earn better salaries, meet more interesting people, listen to better music and know more about what’s going on in the world.
“If you voted for Bush, we accept that we have to share the country with you. We’re adjusting to the possibility that there may be more of you than there are of us. But don’t demand our respect. You lost it on November 2.”