Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What does a pickup truck have to do with Scott Brown's victory in Massacusetts?

I'm not sure, but here's the lede on the initial New York Times report of his victory over Martha Coakley.
Scott Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, rode an old pickup truck and a growing sense of unease among independent voters to an extraordinary upset Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held by Edward M. Kennedy in the overwhelmingly Democratic state of Massachusetts.
What does the rural-urban divide--or rural-urban symbolism--have to do with this race? anything substantive?

Is this Brown victory being presented by the NYT as representing "rural" backlash against our urban President? I don't tend to think of Massachusetts as being a pick-up/farm kind of state, but there's plenty I don't know about New England. Or, maybe the NYT is just playing into rural-urban symbolism (a proxy for the culture wars after the 2008 Presidential election) with more prominence than is merited.

1 comment:

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Did he want to deliver a message to the voters about his manliness or maybe he wanted to give a "old republican atmosphere" to the days to come?