Liberal academics and journalists have been asking this question in various forms a lot lately. And it seems that, as John Kerry’s campaign continues to flounder, they’re asking it more and more bluntly.
In the August 30 issue of the New Yorker, Pulitzer Prize winner Louis Menand tries to figure out why on earth voters vote the way they do, particularly why they don’t vote liberal. The depressing conclusion, for Menand, is that huge numbers of Americans have no good reason to vote at all. He quotes one recent study that asserts ” ‘2.8 million people voted against Al Gore in 2000 because their states were too dry or too wet’ as a consequence of that year’s weather patterns.”