We were doing just fine without him

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 17:18 EDT
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In an effort to shred our already-tattered reputation even further, Governor Rick Perry has decided to ask Rush Limbaugh to move to Texas.

Good god, this is embarrassing. Did you know that Perry used to be a Democrat who supported Al Gore’s presidential bid in 1988? That’s the sort of interesting factoid that tells you so much about him.

It’s true that wingnuttery still dominates Texas. But there are signs of hope that the governor is steadfastly ignoring. My hometown is in a desolate county called Brewster that has the population density of the worst parts of Alaska, but despite this had more churches than we could count growing up. They voted for Obama in 2008. Kerry only got 45% of their vote in 2004. Just as an example of what direction the wind is blowing. The state is becoming less white, more urban, and I suppose more polarized. I wouldn’t bet as much as Perry would that Texas is and always will be a safe haven for hate-filled wingnuttery.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
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