"But Blue Americans don't take vacations to places like Galveston and Dubuque," Issenberg claims.
I have a good friend here in Austin, a true blue refugee from the colder climes of the Socialst Republic of Massachusets, who frequently vacations in Galveston.
And, at the risk of being flamed; Does *anyone* vacation in Dubuque? That's like expecting people to vacation in...I dunno...Kokomo Indiana. Or Crawfordsville. (Or Darlington or Garfield.)
I am standing by for my rebuke.
Another one of Kevin Drum's commenters said that Dubuque isn't part of red america either. Can't say, never been there.
Anyhow, I was a little rough here to Issenberg - David Brooks still sucks. It just happens he's not the only one who is unaware of what the score is in America.
Jesus himself couldn't win a partisan race as a Republican in McAllen, and He'd really have to do some miracles (like turning the Gulf of Mexico in to a giant margarita) to win office in Galveston as a GOPer.
Claritas is full of crap. I live in Lancaster, a black-majority suburb on the south side of Dallas. I entered my ZIP code and found out I live in at least Richardson if not some part of Plano.
Actually, Dubuque, Iowa is quite a wonderful midwestern city. Very scenic, and with lots of appeal. The people are diverse and friendly, and there's plenty of history and natural beauty here, as well as culture and education.