My Ward is Left of Churchill
As longtime readers know, I live in looney liberaland. And now, I have concrete proof. In fact, I dare anyone to out-liberal me.
This week, Madison rejected two out of three school funding referendums. The most contraversial question asked whether the Madison School District could exceed the state's revenue cap by $7.4 million for an indefinite period of time. 56% of Madison voters said "no" to this proposal. However, in my looney ward, 73% voted YES.
A quick look at the Dane County Clerk's website showed that this was hardly the first time that my Ward has been out of touch with even the rest of Madison liberals. The numbers paint a rather extremist picture of the area:
- 94% of the Ward voted for John Kerry, only 153 people voted for President Bush. In fact, almost twice as many people voted against the school referendum referenced above than voted for Bush.
- Similarily, 96% of voters chose the Democrat's candidate for the Senate and 94% voted to re-elect Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin. While this isn't quite a Saddam Hussein's 100% victory, it's pretty close. My diverse and tolerant neighborhood isn't very diverse, is it?
- A mere 40 people voted in the Republican Presidential Primary in the spring of 2004. Now sure, Bush was the only viable candidate, but even in 2000, only 173 people voted in the contested Republican primary.
The most interesting result I found occured in the 2004 September Primary for the House of Representatives. Two Republicans faced off: Dave Magnum, a radio station owner who ended up winning the Primary and Ron Greer, a perpetual candidate whose claim to fame is being fired from the Madison Fire Department for handing out anti-Gay literature on the job. Guess who took my ultra-liberal Ward in a landslide? That's right, the homophobe took 64% of the vote! Now how could that be? Is it possible that these sensitive, tolerant liberals purposely voted in the Republican primary for the most distasteful candidate to try to make sure that Congresswoman Baldwin wouldn't face a serious challenge? Nah, they wouldn't play politics like that ;-)
Posted by at May 26, 2005 02:03 PM
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|# May 26th, 2005 3:40 PM rockydog|
|You win! I thought living in the liberal capital of the world, Austin, was the worst, but where you live has out-worsted Austin. Congrats!! (I think?)
We few Republicans in Austin enjoy watching the race results come in and seeing the entire state in one color (Republican) and a little dot of another color (Democrat) in the dead center of the state! We know, we know, it must be Austin...the only liberal city in the state!
|# May 27th, 2005 1:27 PM BrianH|
| I live in the land of Dirksen. Liberals aren't all that common around here. We have a large number of Democrats, most of whom are of the Yellow Dog breed (mostly UAW members or people who vote Democratic because their dad did). But when you talk to these people, they're remarkably conservative. They tend to agree with the Republican party on specific issues, but still vote for the Dems because the Dems are "for the working man" and the Reps are "for the rich".
I don't really know what it's like to be surrounded by the loonies and I feel for you. How do you manage to survive in a place like that?
I do have to admit that Ward Churchill is supposed to have grown up in a town (Elmwood, IL) about 10 miles from where I grew up. So we're not completely looney free. I don't have a clue how he aquired his ideas.