Are We Not Liberal?
Gay Ruling Shows New York Is Less Liberal Than It (and the U.S.) Thinks from NYT takes on New Yorkers' political self-perception. Apparently, we're not that liberal.
I just got back from Colorado though, and, um, New York feels pretty liberal to me. Just saying.
"The key will be how many people start arriving at Lincoln Center in pickups with gun racks," he said. Thanks, Christopher Buckley. That is the key, isn't it? You're still liberal until you've got the pickups. It's not really about voting.
Which is kind of the point here. It's not people's voting patterns that make folks think NY is liberal. As Sam Roberts points out, NYC has elected several Republican mayors. The difference is cultural, and that is no small thing. Americans are not going to start envisioning NY as a bastion of social conservatism because of this appalling same-sex marriage thing. Why? Because same-sex couples walk down the street hand-in-hand. Because getting married at 18 here is uncommon. Blah, blah, blah.
The other thing is that, in NYC, the people who are super-religious tend not to be "prominent figures" (read class into that as thou wilt), unlike in, say, Colorado. Everyone can vote in NY, but you won't see the "culture" of most of those voters represented because they don't have the money/power.