Yeah, me neither.
From a long-form essay at AlterNet:
An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural AmericaIn deep-red white America, the white Christian God is king....What I understand is that rural, Christian, white Americans are entrenched in fundamentalist belief systems; don’t trust people outside their tribe; have been force-fed a diet of misinformation and lies for decades; are unwilling to understand their own situations; and truly believe whites are superior to all races. No amount of understanding is going to change these things or what they believe. No amount of niceties will get them to be introspective. No economic policy put forth by someone outside their tribe is going to be listened to no matter how beneficial it would be for them. I understand rural, Christian, white America all too well. I understand their fears are based on myths and lies. I understand they feel left behind by a world they don’t understand and don’t really care to. They are willing to vote against their own interest if they can be convinced it will make sure minorities are harmed more. Their Christian beliefs and morals are truly only extended to fellow white Christians. They are the problem with progress and always will be, because their belief systems are constructed against it.
The problem isn’t a lack of understanding by coastal elites. The problem is a lack of understanding of why rural, Christian, white America believes, votes, behaves the ways it does by rural, Christian, white America.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, Mr. Matthew Dowd appears to have spent the last of his Peace Dividend on some truly outstanding medical-grade kush and is taking his leisure in his basement command center, inventing a human history adorably devoid of conflict in which Lincoln-the-Uniter never waged a massive and bloody civil war and the the Allies liberate Europe from the Nazis with nothing but "Love Trumps Hate" bumper stickers and flowers in their hair...
Because if you're going to Monte Cassino
You're gonna meet
Some gentle people there...
Says one of the chief architects of George W. Bush's 2004 re-election campaign.War will never bring peace, division will never unify us, kindness isn't weakness, arrogance isn't strength, hope isn't a dream, love wins.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 27, 2016
Which is what makes Matthew Dowd such a perfect Beltway stooge. Because despite being so entirely full of shit that you'd think it would start coming out his ears Play-Doh Fun Factory-style, he stays caught up with whatever the Beltway party line is hour-by-day and follows it to the letter:
we need to make distinction between Trump fans and Trump voters. His fans won't listen. Many of his voters worry about him as President.— Matthew Dowd (@matthewjdowd) December 27, 2016