The Urban vs. Rural Election

OUR NATIONAL NIGHTMARE IS ALMOST OVER. TAKE THIS ELECTION OUT BEHIND THE SHED AND OLD YELLER THIS SHIT.

Sendoff thoughts: I wrote earlier about how the GOP attacks on Obama mirror antisemetic attacks, but there’s another point inside of these arguments – this election deals in large part with an urban vs. rural divide that will have meaningful effects on the spatial character of America.  The parties split on how the country should look: in many ways, the GOP stands on the side of a rural, sprawling America, while the Democrats embrace the more urban, denser parts of the country.  In particular, the GOP’s obsession with home ownership encourages suburban sprawl, and their party leaders obsess over rural, small town American values.  More oil and cheap gas also implies an argument about transportation and how the country should look. Republican attacks on Obama reflect this spatial divide.  New York state politics also breaks down on this urban/rural divide, and the anticipated pickup of Democratic seats in the State Senate forecasts a more state investment in New York City.

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