Oct 18, 2008

Rumblings in the Heartland

A provocative anecdote from Nate Silver's number-crunching electoral-poll-nerd extravaganza FiveThirtyEight.com:

So a canvasser goes to a woman's door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she's planning to vote for. She isn't sure, has to ask her husband who she's voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, "We're votin' for the n***er!"

Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: "We're voting for the n***er."

No sourcing (although I can understand why the canvasser in question wouldn't want to become a public figure), but if this is true, it's telling in all kinds of ways.
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