Wednesday, 8 April 2009

What's The Matter With The Tea Baggers?

Michelle Malkin, one of the leading voices behind the so-called Tax Day Tea Party movement, has posted a map that displays where said tea parties are taking place. When I looked at it, I felt like I had seen something similar before, and at first couldn't identify where that might have been. Once the realization struck me, I thought "Well...that's AWFUL damn odd."

In a previous entry, I posted a map indicating the unemployment rate by county in America right now. Compare the regions of intense unemployment to regions where "tea parties" are taking place:


Do I have a clue what this means? No. And by no means is it a 1:1 fit. Maybe it has to do with population density or some other "X factor" I don't know about.

But it does seem that the areas of the US hardest hit by this economic crisis are the same areas where pissed-off wingnuts are protesting the administration's efforts to fix things - to put it simply, conservatives in the areas with the highest unemployment are the most opposed to Obama's plan to create jobs.

I've commented on this cognitive dissonance before, but I still don't understand it.

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