“Mommy and daddy, why did you vote for the crook?”
Posted by schroeder915 on December 10, 2006
Rather than offer empirical facts to prove a point, the threshhold of debate for right-wing reactionaries is name-calling. Unfortunately, I’m not very good at name-calling, but I am pretty good at “hacking” (as one commenter observed).
So I’m going to “hack” some numbers here for that right-wing denier who attempted to disparage me for a “lack of any objectivity,” rather than offer up his own evidence to prove that white voters in Jefferson Parish did not, in fact, vote for Dollar Bill Jefferson, with the cynical expectation that they’d have an opportunity to vote for someone more appealing to Jefferson Parish voters (ahem … white and Republican, that is) if Dollar Bill is indicted.
After “objectively” “hacking” the voter returns for the 2nd Congressional District race, I found that majority white precincts in Jefferson Parish voted about 4 to 1 for Jefferson. By contrast, white precincts in Orleans Parish voted about 20 to 1 for Karen Carter.
Majority black precincts in Jefferson Parish voted about 40 to 1 for Bill Jefferson, and in Orleans parish, the ratio was about 8 to 1 for Jefferson.
Since I’m missing about a half dozen precincts that were redistricted after the 2000 US Census, I may revise these numbers later if I have more time to “hack” (but it’s very time-consuming).
Suffice it to say that Jefferson Parish voted for Bush over Kerry in 2004, and Bush over Gore in 2000. I’d bet money that there probably isn’t another election in recent history in which white Jefferson voters went for the same candidate as either black Jefferson voters, or black Orleans voters.
Once again, I’d just like to know how those white Republicans in Jefferson Parish explain to their kids how they voted for the guy who had $90,000 in marked bills in his freezer.
The G Bitch Spot – Results (and view her previous post in which an indexed card diagram suggests that Louisiana voters might start choosing better candidates if we had more prunes and holy water in our diet)