From Radio Iowa report earlier today:
Virginia's governor has been in Iowa this week and Democrat Mark Warner predicts he'll return as he contemplates a run for the presidency. .... Warner says he was able to win in Virginia where other Democrats haven't because he did not ignore rural voters. Warner says it's a lesson Democrats need to heed for the next presidential election. .... "Folks don't listen to your views on education in a lot of rural America is they feel you're so foreign from them, if they feel you're going to start every debate with a litmus test on abortion and guns, if they feel like you're going to take away their ability to hunt or fish or you somehow you (would) diminish what are key parts of life in rural America," he says. ... ###
However, some of Governor Warner's activist Democrat brethren may not see it quite the same way. From the editors of The Stranger, a Seattle newspaper, or some such thing...
It's time to state something that we've felt for a long time but have been too polite to say out loud: Liberals, progressives, and Democrats do not live in a country that stretches from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. We live on a chain of islands. We are citizens of the Urban Archipelago, the United Cities of America. We live on islands of sanity, liberalism, and compassion--New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and on and on. And we live on islands in red states too--a fact obscured by that state-by-state map. Denver and Boulder are our islands in Colorado; Austin is our island in Texas; Las Vegas is our island in Nevada; Miami and Fort Lauderdale are our islands in Florida. Citizens of the Urban Archipelago reject heartland "values" like xenophobia, sexism, racism, and homophobia, as well as the more intolerant strains of Christianity that have taken root in this country. And we are the real Americans. They--rural, red-state voters, the denizens of the exurbs--are not real Americans. They are rubes, fools, and hate-mongers. ... To read more from this liberal Democrat, vitriol filled, newspaper published, screed click: I'm a thumb up my #$% loud mouth Democrat journalist and I really @#$% hate people that live in rural communities.