Yesterday Emma and I were discussing the nature of why lower class voters in America often support more socially conservative politicians, as I told her about some thoughts by writer Andrew Sullivan. She asked why then would someone very privileged, like George Bush, also hold these socially conservative viewpoints.

My thinking is that obviously Sullivan was talking about trends, not absolutes, but that also of course politicians will say whatever it takes to win votes, hence (especially) the Republican presidential nominees trying to out-conservative each other at the moment (“Double Guantanamo!” “I now do not support gay civil unions!” “Etc!”).

An interesting example in this story of a Louisiana town which persuaded the phone company to change their phone area code from 666. The political quote from the mayor:

Mayor Scott Walker said CenturyTel’s decision was “divine intervention”.

However, he admitted it helped that Louisiana’s two senators had also lobbied for the change with the phone company and the state Public Service Commission.

He’s either a slimy politician who will say anything to pander to the voters, or a nutter, or just maybe someone who has a very different theological view from mine and I’m just being mean for the sake of it.

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