Sunday Assorted Links

1. The bullet America dodged

2. Where Trump went right (a rare elite admission!)

3. Those endorsements, man

4. Clinton spent more ad dollars in Omaha than Wisconsin

5. Rural political opinions. I admit to badly underestimating the sheer power of the rurals in Michigan and failing to fully grasp the meaning of Black turnout returning to 2004 levels.

6. A Muslim and an immigrant for Trump (due to Saudi Barbaria)

Man is the WaPo churning out a lot of good pieces lately.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

9 thoughts on “Sunday Assorted Links”

  1. 5. I think in general people in the Alt Right underestimate conservative Christians/Evangelicals (“rural” is a decent proxy). To understand why this happens, I wish I had some better demographics information on the Alt Right, but I suspect somewhere in there is a distrust of many of the vocal Christians they’ve met.

    If I were to make an Alt Right persona based on the blogs and comments sections I’ve read over the past 5 years, he’d be:

    – between 25-35 years old
    – single
    – college educated
    – saw more Clinton signs than Trump signs on his way to work 2 weeks ago (to say something about where he lives)
    – negative life experiences with religion

    1. The past three winners of the Iowa Caucus had “conservative Christians/Evangelicals” as their core constituency. The Wisconsin rurals generally voted for Obama in the general and Sanders and Trump (before that, Obama, Santorum, Huckabee) in the primary. I thought it weird at the time they did not vote for Cruz. Apparently, they are desirous of ethanol subsidies. But northern Michigan is not known for its maize production and it still voted overwhelmingly for Trump in the primary and the general election, far more than for Mitt Romney.

      Interestingly, my precinct (which, again, is 80% Democratic, mostly due to minority voters) voted for Rick Santorum, with Ron Paul in second place, in the 2012 GOP primary. I did not vote in it, as I did not think Paul had a chance.

      A full third of Michigan lives in either Detroit or its suburbs. These are very Democratic-leaning areas, and have been so since the early 1990s. And the jobs are even more concentrated in Democratic-leaning areas than the homes. Of course I’d see more Clinton signs than Trump signs on my way to work. The farther outside the city you get, the more Trump signs relative to Clinton signs you see.

      1. I live in an inner suburb of a city that’s about 50% larger than Ann Arbor (though several hours further south). I saw way more Trump signs on my way to work.

  2. Another aspect could be the following Alt Right logic: Multiculturalism is pushed by Jews; Evangelicals like Jews; we (the Alt Right) don’t like multiculturalism, therefore something something we don’t like Evangelicals.

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