Don’t be surprised that President Obama lost 40 percent of the vote in West Virginia to a convicted felon currently residing in a Texas prison. Or that he lost similar percentages of the vote last night in Arkansas and Kentucky. A map run by the New York Times in December 2008 pretty much predicted today’s events.
The map depicted the percentage shift in the vote between the 2004 presidential election and the just-concluded 2008 election. To me, it was visually stunning. While most counties across the country became more Democratic, those in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and Louisiana became more Republican. Take a look.
As The Post points out today, there are a number of reasons for Obama’s underperformance in those states. Anger at the Environmental Protection Agency is one. The general disconnect between Democratic voters in those states and the Democratic Party is another. And then there’s race, which some political experts don’t think is as much of an issue. Who knows how true that assertion is? But what we know for sure is that the Democrats voting in the primaries today very likely voted against Obama in 2008. That they are registering their displeasure four years later shouldn’t come as a shock.