25 May 2005

Did Values Voters just decide another election?

Tonight, the Fox Network topped the ratings with the season finale of their hit reality show American Idol. The widely anticipated conclusion produced a winner, and for those in the blue states (or the blue areas of red states), the result was unexpected. Carrie Underwood, the country singer from Oklahoma, won the on-air election over Bo Bice, the rocker from Alabama. Carrie was good, but she probably has "values voters" to thank for her victory.

On November 2, 2004, President George W. Bush defied the odds and was reelected to office over Senator John F. Kerry. Exit polls on election day showed "moral values" to be the biggest factor by voters in deciding their ballot choice. Among the 22 percent of voters who cited moral values as their primary motivator in the polling booth, an overwhelming majority, or 79 percent, supported Bush.

America is divided. Following the election, cable news networks decorated their studios with large maps of the nation, segmented into red and blue states. Carrie Underwood was definitely a red state kinda girl. She grew up on a farm in the Sooner State and was known on the hit FOX program for choosing country hits to sing during the competition. In addition, she often chose songs that had religious and patriotic undertones. In past shows, Carrie has sung tunes like "When God Fearin' Women Get The Blues," and "God Bless The Broken Road," and her most popular choice has been Martina McBride's hit "Independence Day." Tonight Carrie sang "Angels Brought Me Here," and her first single, which will be released next month, is entitled "Inside Your Heaven." I guess we know who Senator Bill Frist voted for ...

While Bo Bice fans on the west and east coasts are still scratching their heads wondering how victory escaped them, maybe they will start to understand the importance of the so-called "values voters." Doubt it though - they'll probably just accuse Underwood fans of rigging phone lines in Ohio.

7 Comments:

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kind of a silly theory, but knowing the partisan feel in America right now, it's probably true.

12:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I liked Carrie Underwood, but then I'm not a liberal. I liked her choice of music, and she did seem like one of us. That's what made Bush seem so appealing. Kerry was an liberal elitist and Bush was just a regular guy. I think there could be something to this idea.

11:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a good discussion. I don't know if I agree, but I do think that Dems need to go back to embracing pop culture. With the rise of the likes of Joe Lieberman, Dems have unfortunately become uncool in recent years.

Danny Goldberg wrote a great book "Dispatches from the Culture Wars: How the Left Lost Teen Spirit". It's on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/0786868961/qid=1117141834/sr=1-1/ref=sr_1_1/103-2398025-5199838?v=glance&s=books

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