Saturday, November 18, 2006

Where Were The Rednecks?

Hotline On Call:

“White rednecks” who “didn’t show up to vote for us” partly cost GOPers their congressional majorities, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) told fellow Republicans today. And Putnam, seeking the post of GOP conference chair, chided ex-Chair J.C. Watts (R-OK) for ruining the conference’s ability to serve its members.

Three Republicans in the room independently confirmed to the Hotline the substance and context of Putnam’s remarks. But Putnam’s chief of staff insists that the remarks were taken out of context.

Examining the 2006 midterms, Putnam blamed the GOP defeat on “the independent vote, the women vote, the suburban vote.” He said that “heck, even the white rednecks who go to church on Sunday didn't come out to vote for us.”

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Putnam’s chief of staff, John Hambel, said his boss has used the word “redneck” only in the context of sharing polling data from last week’s elections. Hambel said Putnam was listing off different constituencies and ended with saying: “Heck, we even had rednecks who go to church who didn't come out to vote.”

Maybe the "white rednecks who go to church" finally realized the contempt with which the GOP actually regards them.

2 comments:

Jim Winter said...

A very conservative friend of mine said 1.) his party needed a spanking for awhile anyway, 2.) he prefers the GOP in the minority is conservatives are supposed to slow change, not sling it around like some... um... liberal, and 3.) he still voted for Jean Schmidt 'cuz she's great freakin' entertainment whenever she opens her mouth.

Good point. I don't want her back in Ohio, either.

Patrick Shawn Bagley said...

This redneck barely got to the polls before they closed...all because the guy I hired to whack my wife didn't want to take a used trailer as payment. I had to throw in a snowmobile and the transmission from a '79 F-150.