Stranger in a strange land. It's 22% to 75% red vs. blue here in Chelsea-by-the-Sea, Taxachusetts, identified by neighboroo as a "Democrat Stronghold."
We suspect it has to do with the working-class City of Chelsea's traditional pattern of welcoming generation after generation of politically naive, yearning-to-breathe-free immigrants -- mostly from south of the border and south and east of Constantinople these days -- targeted by homegrown Democratic demagogues all too willing to tell them what they want to hear. It was our own native son, Tip O'Neill, who famously declared that "All politics is local." It's the Taxachusetts way. At least we're in good company, with one of our all-time fave blogmates, New Yorker Barry Campbell's red-vs-blue spread of 16%-to-82% outdoing our own (see map above). Barry's the one -- always at the cutting edge -- who gave us the heads up. Head on over to neighboroo and type in your zip code to see how good or bad it is in your neck of the woods. Some, like Goomp's, are merely Democrat. Others, like Barry's and ours, are Democrat STRONGHOLDS. It almost makes us wonder whether we have been chosen by the Lord to fight the good fight. [There was a blogpost out there somewhere today . . . or maybe it was a "news" report . . . to the effect that some group of Christians -- possibly Catholics -- thought it would be a small band of true believers that would once again lead a benighted humanity out of the desert . . . Unfortunately, we haven't been able to relocate it. If we do, it will be posted here.] Update: Here's the source, a review of Cardinal Ratzinger's and Marcello Pera's Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam. More here.
The latest pre-emptive obituaries for our party of choice from our friends on the left side of the aisle and their useful idiots in the MSM recall these lines from metaphysical poet John Donne's "A Valediction Forbidding Mourning":
As virtuous men pass mildly away,
And whisper to their souls to go,
Whilst some of their sad friends do say,
"Now his breath goes," and some say, "No."