Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Michael Barone's post on the impact of Sarah Palin in "the Frozen North," meaning the Dakotas, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, is well worth your time. Note especially his discussion of the Germano-Scandinavian political tradition, which will be interersting to various members of my family.
That's a very thought-provoking article, touching as it does on ethnic differences in our politics that most people have forgotten about. One thing Barone leaves out is that that same "Jacksonian" region is also largely Scots-Irish in ethnic and cultural ancestry. It would be interesting to research the role the religions of the original settlers played in the formation of the "pacifist" and "pugnacious" tendencies.