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Travel Tidbits Part I

June 4, 2009 - Bill Speer
Over the next several weeks this blog will focus on some observations of mine as I traveled the last week of May through the Appalachian mountains down south.

"Don't blame me, I voted for McGovern" was a popular bumper sticker in 1972 after Richard Nixon had won the most lopsided presidential election in U.S. history. McGovern only earned electoral college votes from Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

I was reminded of that bumper sticker on this trip. Without a doubt remnants of the 2008 election remained on bumper stickers of many cars with southern license plates, with Obama's change theme the predominant sticker on most vehicles. In fact, I truly don't remember ever seeing a vehicle with a North Carolina license plate with a GOP sticker on it.

That was not true in Tennessee, however, as many more McCain-Palin stickers were seen.

I went into an art gallery in Gatlinburg, Tn. and was enjoying three paintings - all star presidential paintings of Republican presidents, the same of Democrat presidents, and a third of Obama's inauguration. The shop owner and I got into a discussion about the paintings and I asked which was the best selling one.

"Without a doubt the GOP one," she said. "I only have one of them left. The Democrats I have sold a few of, the inauguration I haven't sold any of so far this season."

You can make what you want of that statistic, which probably shouldn't be too much. The shop owner attributed the sales to the fact Tennessee leaned Republican in recent years.

I don't know. What I do know is the best political bumper sticker I saw on the trip was this: "Don't blame me. I voted for Ron Paul."


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