Cosmopolitan-ites vs. rubes

Jonathan Raban's astute observation in an essay for the BBC:

It's worth remembering that in the presidential election of 2004, every city in the nation with a population of more than 500,000 voted for the Democrats and John Kerry. George W Bush won re-election in the outer suburbs, the smaller towns, and the countryside.

The talk about "red states" versus "blue states" boils down to the fact that, as a general rule, states whose cities can out-vote their hinterlands are blue, and those whose hinterlands can out-vote their biggest cities are red.

So, city folks, get to procreating if you want to continue to dominate the hillbillies.


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