Calling Massachusetts “The Mississippi of Liberalism” Is An Unfair Insult

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To Mississippi.

From my Boston Herald column today:

Want to know what those knuckle-dragging “extremist” Republicans down in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and the Carolinas have that Massachusetts doesn’t?

A bipartisan congressional delegation. Even the two Dakotas manage to make room for at least one Democrat.

Not in Massachusetts.

This isn’t sour grapes. No party is entitled to representation. The issue is that the Massachusetts electorate is unique in its absolute rejection of the notion — to quote Scott Brown — “vote the person, not the party.”

In Massachusetts, the “person” just doesn’t matter….

I’m not saying if you broke Charles Manson out of prison and made him the Democratic nominee in a Bay State race, he’d win. I’m just pointing out he’d get at least 33 percent of the vote.

As a result, Massachusetts is a political backwater, an irrelevant side road in the national conversation.

When it’s time for a bipartisan deal on the fiscal cliff, nobody will be looking here for bipartisan leaders — at least after this year. When it comes to grand bargains on taxes and entitlements, Liz Warren and the rest of our legislators might as well sit home and play sudoku.

How are this state’s “we must raise taxes, and there should be no limits on abortion — ever!” liberals any less extreme than the “I’ll never raise taxes and abortion is always wrong” Republicans they hate?

A few months from now, when people in both parties complain they can’t find moderates on the other side of the aisle, remember: That’s what you voted for.

Voters so partisan and extreme they can’t vote for an openly gay, pro-choice liberal Republican like Richard Tisei just because he’s a Republican aren’t really “voting.” They’re merely expressing their tribal loyalties.

That’s how REAL “mouth-breathing knuckle-draggers” cast their votes.

Michael Graham
Radio talk show host, columnist for the Boston Herald, stand-up comic and former GOP political consultant. Learn more about Michael here.

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