This article is a week old, Jonathan Tilove‘s “Obama’s Is an Appalachia Problem, Not a Whites Problem” is probably the best analysis I’ve seen so far about the Illinois senator’s problems in Appalachia. He has many good anecdotes and quotes, but here’s a quick clip:
“These are the people whose ancestors lived and fought along the brutal borderlands between England and Scotland, and later in Northern Ireland (they are the Protestants of Ulster). Unlike other British settlers, the Scots-Irish, Webb writes, migrated ‘directly to the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains, bypassing even the rudiments of colonial civilization.’
“Enter the silky, smooth-faced and super-smart Obama. With his Harvard pedigree, mellifluous voice and high-minded talk of moving beyond the politics of confrontation, he is totally out of place in Appalachia.
“It’s like casting Hugh Grant instead of Mel Gibson as William Wallace in ‘Braveheart.'”