This video is a bit long by YouTube standards, but really good. You may recall Brian’s post about “Deer Hunting with Jesus” in which Joe Bageant tries to explain the intricacies of the southern mind from his perspective in rural Western Virginia. I read that book shortly after Brian posted and finished it quicker than any I’ve read in the past year. Reading it reminded me of growing up in a rural community just south of Louisville and how often the south is portrayed as this big homogeneous lot of basackwards redneck hillbillies. To be sure, there are some mighty basackwardness, but there are also many who aren’t fooled by the appeals by Republicans for their support. They can smell bullshit a mile away, as my Pappy might say (while spitting out some homegrown leaf). I remember being amazed at how politically aware Pappy was for an old farmer. He and Mammy’s whole lives revolved around community and service. They served as jailer and matron of the Meade County Jail from 1960 to 1975. They were staunch Democrats.
This Edwards video is an obvious appeal to these rural types. The beauty of it is that it employs not only Cooter from Dukes of Hazzard, but a guy named “Mudcat”. You don’t get the name Mudcat by accident. You earn it. The Edwards parents also play a big role in this one and their accents along with the theme and background music are spot on in appealing to a rural audience. I know for sure this would be seen very positively “down home” in Brandenburg.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. An Edwards/Obama ticket would crush!
Sidebar: My dad just bought a house down home in preparation for retirement where he’ll move to from his current dwelling in Texas. I can’t wait to make the short drive down to visit him there. Dorothy was right. There’s no place like home!