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The outcome of the West Virginia Primary shows something I have suspected all along - Hillary Clinton has more in common with neo-con beliefs than she does with progressive ideas.
Exit polls showed that 67% of those who voted for Hillary will vote for McCain if Obama wins the nomination. Some people say that is because racism is rife in West Virginia. When I lived there, it sure as hell was. But now? Every time I am back in the Mountain State to visit family, the same old racism still exists. You know, the kind of racism Hillary has been playing to since she started her campaign.
But I think the root cause of the willingness of Hillary supporters to vote for McCain is because Hillary is more closely aligned philosophically with McCain than she is with Obama and when she enters a contest like West Virginia, the effect is amplified.
If West Virginia's main concern is the economy, why are they choosing a neo-con? I wish I knew. West Virginia has, on occasion before, defied logic and common sense.
SPECIAL REQUEST FOR TCD FANS: The San Francisco Chronicle is pondering the addition of new cartoons for their paper - a process that seems to be initiated by Darren Bell, creator of Candorville (one of my daily reads - highly recommended). You can read the Chronicle article here and please add your thoughts to the comments if you wish. If anything, put in a good word for Darren and Candorville.
I am submitting Town Called Dobson to the paper for their consideration. They seem to have given great weight to receiving 200 messages considering Candorville. I am asking TCD fans to try to surpass that amount. (I get more than that many hate mails a day, surely fans can do better?)
This is not a race between Darren and I, it is a hope that more progressive strips can be represented in the printed press of America.
So if you read the San Francisco Chronicle or live in the Bay Area (Google Analytics tell me there are a lot of you), please send your kind comments (or naked, straining outrage) to David Wiegand at his published addresses below. If you are a subscriber, cut out your mailing label and staple it to a TCD strip and include it in your letter.
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