53 Percent of Mississippians Identify As Conservative
I suppose liberals may say this is just Mississippi being a top another negative list, but a recent Gallup survey indicated that Mississippi- along with Wyoming- is the most conservative state in the nation. A clear majority, 53 percent in each state, described themselves as conservative compared to moderate or liberal. Utah and South Dakota both cracked 50 percent. The top ten conservative states had no less than 46 percent labeling themselves conservative.
In CNN’s 2008 exit polls, 49 percent of voters in Mississippi described themselves as conservative. In 2004, that number was 46 percent; so we have seen a seven percent increase in the conservative label in state over the past six years.
For comparison, 42 percent of D.C. residents identified as liberals, but the highest percentage of any state was Rhode Island with 32 percent.
Karl Rove visits Tupelo on Saturday. Karl Rove, the architect of former President Bush’s two presidential elections, was in Tupelo on Saturday signing copies of his new book Courage and Consequence.
This is what Rove said about the upcoming mid-terms: “I think we’re going to have a very large turnout this fall. That’s not good for the Democrats because that opposition that turnout is going to be driven by opposition of President Obama’s policies. The stimulus, the bailouts, the spending, the deficits, Obamacare, all of these things are combined for a rather toxic mix for Democrats.”
Local Tea Party groups endorse third-party candidate in MS-01. Two local Tea Party groups- one from Alcorn county and one from Tippah county- endorsed Independent candidate Wally Pang of Batesville in his Congressional bid. The contact for the Tippah country group has the same e-mail (presuming the same person) as the individual who filed the FCC complaint against SuperTalk when a commentator on a program advised listeners to vote for Alan Nunnelee; not third-party candidates.
Listen to speeches from Neshoba. Alan Lange has audio of speeches given by all eight statewide office holders (plus Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller) from the Neshoba County Fair here. And here is MS-04 candidate Steven Palazzo’s speech. I linked to Nunnelee’s speech in this post earlier today.
Gallo has fun with 21st century Mayberry. Andy Griffith, or Sheriff Taylor, is one the most popular television characters of all-time, and that is especially true in the South. The Andy Griffith Show is a classic, still shown on a regular basis, and can make you nostalgic for the way things once were compared to the way they are today.
But in real life the sheriff without a gun has been a strong ally of North Carolina Democrats for some time. NC Democrats are sort of like Mississippi Democrats; meaning they can still be conservative at the local level. But I was taken aback when Griffith did a skit with the real life Opie Taylor in support of Obama in 2008; and now Griffith is the pitch man for Obama’s healthcare overhaul. You can watch the ad here. Paul Gallo, host of the popular SuperTalk program, had a little fun with what Mayberry is now like thanks to 45 years of liberalism. Check it out below the fold.
“Somewhere many yesterdays ago, it wasn’t uncommon to find a hometown “Mayberry” off just about any country road. There were many right here in Mississippi with names like Shaw and Drew. These were small towns where self responsibility and determination saw a generation through tough times.
Many of the Mayberry’s of today, have succumbed to the heavy weight of Democrat policies from the days of Sheriff Taylor, Deputy Fife, Aunt Bee, Opie, Gomer and Goober.
With the help of their past heroes from FDR to LBJ, Andy may find a Mayberry today:
- That has an incredibly high unemployment rate with only a few percentage of Mayberry’s population paying taxes.
- That is a small community dying on the vine with crime out of control. Gang symbols spray painted on the park benches where no sane person would be after dark, especially Barney and Thelma Lou.
- With a public school that has a discipline problem dangerous enough to have sent Ms Helen Crump into early retirement before Opie graduated. That’s if he’s not among the deployable dropout or failure to graduate statistics at Maybery High.
- Who’s downtown has more boarded up and burned down buildings than welcome signs.
- With Law officers who replaced him and Deputy Fife in a quagmire of red tape. Old Andy would never be able today to just take matters into his own hand and use common sense solutions. If he did, the end of the show would most likely be centered around his Federal prosecution.
- Where he’d best not venture out to Myers Lake by himself. Because of liberalism’s many activist laws, he may find a marijuana farm or meth lab where his favorite fishing spot use to be.
- Where Floyd the Barber’s grandson has just closed down his adjacent tanning salon because he’s been taxed out of business.
- Where the owners of Gomers and Goober’s old gas station are both being held on EPA charges because of environmental safety regulations, recycling and disposal of used tires.”