[FoRK] Why Do So Many Republicans Really Hate Obama?
J. Andrew Rogers
andrew at jarbox.org
Fri Oct 19 09:11:23 PDT 2012
On Oct 19, 2012, at 5:31 AM, geege schuman <geege4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I live in the deep south. My next door neighbor, a banker, told me - in
> all seriousness - he thinks Obama is the Antichrist.
> There's nothing BUT conspiracy theories in northern Fladedah.
> Fundamentalist Christians (Southern Baptists) are the worst proponents.
> And they are emboldened to use their church signage for politics. "Pray
> for Obama ....to Lose."
> You can't imagine, coming from where you live.
Where I live now is not where I have always lived. :-)
I agree that Obama is quite unpopular in the South, my point was that "Obama is the Antichrist" is not a majority view, and even if it was, in that culture the implications are less than what most people who don't live there assume.
Some small number may actually believe it, but the term is generally used in the same way many socialist people in my neighborhood use "Hitler" or "Fascist" (irony lost) to refer to Republicans. Except for a minority, no one believes it literally. Any political strategy that assumes broad-based literal belief will fail.
Using those labels is a social signaling affectation. Different regions have different versions but it is the same game everywhere you go. It doesn't mean nearly as much in any region as most pundits like to make out.
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